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Ruth Kinzey

President, The Kinzey Company

Ruth Kinzey is known for developing strategic and comprehensive communication strategies. Throughout her career, she has emphasized the importance of strategically linking communication, branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility. Always focused on protecting and enhancing an organization's reputation, Ms. Kinzey has led companies through crises as well as helped them actively enhance their reputations.

Ms. Kinzey has worked in the grocery retail, trucking, natural gas, and computer software industries. During her prolific career, she has prepared change management communication, launched brands, developed government relations strategies, dealt with special interest groups, managed crises, established community relationships, supervised corporate foundations, educated consumers, engaged employees, created corporate citizenship platforms, supported investor relations activities, and executed public relations and marketing campaigns. She has also consulted in the banking, manufacturing, and travel and tourism sectors as well as assisted nonprofits with their communication needs. Her executive speech coaching sessions have helped business leaders improve their overall presentation skills as well as prepare for important meetings and events. In addition, she has been a radio news broadcaster.

Having worked for global organizations, Ms. Kinzey has experience working in a diverse cultural atmosphere. Ms. Kinzey is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, teaching graduate students in the online communication master’s degree program. At University of North Carolina - Charlotte, she taught public relations, public speaking and journalism; established and chaired the Journalism Curriculum Committee; and oversaw the Communication Department internships.

Ms. Kinzey has conducted seminars for businesses and nonprofits on topics ranging from media training to crisis communication. She has worked with board of director members and facilitated strategic planning sessions. She also conducts webinars on subjects such as community relations and personal branding. In addition, Ms. Kinzey has spoken at regional, national, and international conferences.

Ms. Kinzey is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Global Editorial Committee for the International Association of Business Communicators. She is the author of Promoting Nonprofit Organizations: A Reputation Management Approach and Using Public Relations Strategies to Promote Your Nonprofit Organization. In 2015, Kinzey was one of 39 professional communicators and strategists nationally whose article, “Creating Sustainable Citizenship Ambassadors for Your Nonprofit, was selected by PRNews for its seventh annual The Book of CSR & Green PR Strategies & Tactics. Ms. Kinzey also is a past columnist for The American City Business Journal, where her columns appeared nationwide and addressed a wide variety of reputational topics.

Ms. Kinzey has a M.A. from University of Iowa in journalism, with an emphasis on public relations. She is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Coe College, where she earned a triple major in speech, English and secondary education.

She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators. She was named as one of the "Top 25 Women in Business" by the Charlotte Business Journal and is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation.


M.A. in journalism, University in Iowa
B.A. in speech, English, and secondary education (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), Coe College