September Lunch Program - Ethics and Values with Oscar Suris, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Duke Energy

When: 9/27/2023 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Humane Society
1348 Parker Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208

September is Ethics Month and we invite you to join us for a fireside chat with Oscar Suris, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Duke Energy. Drawing on his extensive experience in journalism, corporate communications and consulting, Oscar will discuss the importance of maintaining high ethical standards and staying grounded in values as the communications landscape evolves. He'll also share his insights on the essential skills communicators need today to navigate an increasingly polarized society. 

Oscar Suris serves as senior vice president and chief communications officer for Duke Energy. He leads the development of communications strategies that advance the company's brand and support its clean energy transition. This includes overseeing media relations, executive communications, employee communications, social media, brand and product advertising, issues management and business unit support.

Suris joined Duke Energy in May 2023 from Edelman, where he served as president of Edelman New York, the largest marketing operation at the global integrated communications company. Prior to joining Edelman, he served as executive managing director for C-suite strategies and crisis communications at Zeno Group.

His corporate communications experience includes 20 years of providing strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies, including serving as executive vice president and head of corporate communications at Wells Fargo & Company, and senior leadership roles at Ford Motor Company and AutoNation Inc.

Suris is also a veteran of the newspaper industry, having served five years as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and in staff roles reporting business news for The Miami News and the Orlando Sentinel.

A native of Cuba, Suris graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in finance. He has been named six times to PRWeek's "Power List" of the top 50 professionals in public relations.


List of Attendees

First Name Last Name Company Type Guest of
Chris Ahearn Chris Ahearn Strategic Communications Guest
Natalie Bailey Honeywell Member
Marisa Bazemore Strategic Communications Consultant Guest
Shawna Berger Duke Energy Member
Katie Brewer Chernoff Newman Member
Stacy Bryant Duke Energy Member
Pauline Ciavolino Sonic Automotive Guest
Mike Clement Strait Insights Guest Chris Ahearn
John Clemons Clemons Communications Member
Robert Conn Retired Member
Davis Conway Spiracle Media Guest
Erin Culbert Duke Energy Member
Michelle Dandridge Pfizer Guest Michelle Lyons Dandridge
Gina DiPietro Duke Energy Member
Danielle Doolen Sonic Automotive, Inc. Member
Haley Dwyer Duke Energy Member
Lee Freedman Duke Energy Member
Kate Good NA Guest
Dee Grano Kelso Communications Member
Lacey Hampton Charlotte Douglas International Airport Member
Kara Hauck Lowe's Companies, Inc. Member
Erika Helm Charlotte Douglas International Airport Member
Julie Hinson Explore Cabarrus Member
Jacqueline Ireton Eli Lilly and Company Guest
Raymond Jones Media Ink Communications Member
Nicole Kennon Simon Member
Dean Kruckeberg University of North Carolina at Charlotte Member
Bonnie Kunkel Charlotte Douglas International Airport Guest Erika Helm
Logan Kureczka Duke Energy Member
Paige Layne, APR Duke Energy Member
Rena Lewis Signature Intentions LLC Member
Towanda Long Charlotte Pipe Member
Kristen McCulloch Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region Guest Kristen McCullcoh
Meghan Miles Duke Energy Member
Helen O'Brien Sonic Automotive Member
Rachel Roe Wells Fargo and Company Member
Christine Smith Truist Member
Philip Tate Philip Tate Strategic Communications, LLC Member
Kailey Truczinskas Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region Guest Kristen McCullcoh
Erica Van Ross, APR The Leadership Academy Member
Jenni Walker Walker PR Group Member
Michael Weinstein Duke Energy Guest

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