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Ann Christiano is a professor at the University of Florida and created frank – an event bringing together communicators for social change. Stepping outside of her comfort zone when it launched, Ann shares how frank came to be and perhaps, a future shift in the way of the working world.

In this episode, Ann talks about the importance of community events, how to build partnerships with others and being your most authentic self at work – and how that impacts others.

Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe on Stitcher TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
  • Social change communications
  • Building a destination for community
  • Intersectionality and confluence of activists and journalist
  • Remembering your passion and why you followed the path in the first place
  • How to create a large-scale event from scratch – what to consider to make it happen
  • Letting others help, create something better than you could have done on my own
  • Does excitement reduce credibility at work? People want to have the opportunity to feel what you feel and want to be a part of that
  • Difference between being this highly controlled individual versus being your best self
  • When more people buy-in to the energy and see others being their best self, change happens
  • The possibility of the new way of work
  • How to become a change maker





Ann Christiano is a public relations professor and the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She has three goals:

1. Establish a curriculum in public interest communications at the undergraduate and graduate level.

2. Build community among those already working in the field.

3. Establish public interest communications as a new academic discipline, and identify the science and scholarship that defines and powers the field.

Ann curates the Frank gathering at the University of Florida, which brings together more than 300 journalists, scholars, activists, funders and other movement builders in Gainesville each February.

Before she joined UF, Ann developed communications strategies to support the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s investments in mental health, reducing violence, and bringing recess back to playgrounds throughout America.

She was the University of Florida’s 2014-2015 teacher of the year.

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