Who We Are
With the launch of the first Global Brand Convergence℠ in April 2022, we are a global collaborative annual free experience for higher education students, faculty and professionals in public relations and marketing to connect a community and share ideas, innovations and concepts to advance them in the classroom and in the profession.
There are no membership or attendance fees. Our hope is that you find it an open and free exchange of ideas and concepts.
Our team is comprised of faculty, artists, writers, scientists, innovators, practitioners, students and entrepreneurs in all walks of life throughout the world. We are a growing group of people who are committed to the Global Brand Convergence℠ and what it aims to do and advance throughout the world.
Founder and Convenor
Jacqueline Strayer is a communication and marketing expert, consultant, educator, and cultural enthusiast. She served as an elected officer of three global publicly traded Fortune 500 companies overseeing marketing and communications. Her industry experience spans medical device, diversified industrials, technology, financial services, consulting, and distribution. She is a faculty member in graduate and executive programs at New York University and Columbia University.
Notably she created the first communication and training program to address sexual harassment in the workplace in the United States. She writes, speaks and consults about contemporary issues and their relationship to leadership, marketing, and the public relations practice.
Among the numerous awards she has received include the Points of Light award from General Colin Powell for her work in Corporate Social Responsibility and twice received the “Best in Class” award from U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley for her leadership in improving education in marginalized communities. In 2020 she was selected as a civilian participant for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, a nonpartisan program that is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program of the Department of Defense. The United States Department of State selected her for a Fulbright Specialist award, and she will be providing professional and academic services to an organization outside of the United States once the COVID-19 quarantines have passed.
She holds an MPS from the Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Division of Film and Television, New York University, a BA from the University of Connecticut in economics and political science and has completed all coursework towards a doctorate in organizational leadership. She completed additional coursework at the London School of Economics while she worked as a research associate for Sir Marcus Fox, MP (Yorkshire).
She has spent her life traveling the world and advancing the arts, serving on the boards of film festivals, public television and radio stations and the performing arts. Committed to human rights, she was a founding member of Operation Respect, an anti-bullying organization formed by Peter Yarrow of the celebrated folk group, Peter, Paul and Mary and works globally with social entrepreneurs advising them on communication and marketing strategies. She has interviewed thousands of people on film including, Heads of State, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer, Tony, Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy and Oscar awardees and Hall of Famers. She has published dozens of articles on a wide array of topics. She is currently writing her first book and will be launching her second podcast in 2022, People In This Moment℠ along with a global experience to connect students, faculty and practitioners in marketing and communications, the Global Brand Convergence℠ She is the creator of the trademarked digital narrative, The 90-Second You℠. She believes everyone has a great story to tell.
Jacqueline Strayer, Founder, USA
Fong Ling Choong, Singapore University of Social Science, Singapore
Anthony D’Angelo, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, USA
Helio Fred Garcia, Logos Consulting, USA
Solly Moeng, Africa Brand Summit, South Africa & Switzerland
Jay Soo, Moving Bits, Singapore
Media Advisory Committee
Daniela Amitai, Colombia
Lephate Cunningham III, USA
David Gyampo, Ghana
Margaux Wisniewski, USA
Mei Zhu, China and UK
What We Aim To Do
The Global Brand Convergence℠ is a free online experience that will connect higher education faculty, students and practitioners who are engaged in the study and advancement of public relations and marketing.
It will include artistic performances, multimedia, speakers and panels that will share diverse thinking, concepts, ideas and people.
The Global Brand Convergence℠ intention is to create new bonds of friendship and foster growth in learning, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity.
It is our intent to continue to grow, as new ideas are surfaced, and opportunities arise to explore new dimensions and developments in the practice of marketing and public relations.
Our focus is to keep this simple and engaging. It is our hope that if you walk away with… One New Idea. One New Professional Relationship. One Inspired Moment, we will have accomplished something important. And meaningful.