Communications Trailblazer to Deliver 2020 Commencement Address

Cindi Berger '83, chairman of the international public relations and marketing firm R&C PMK, will speak to graduating seniors.

Cindi Berger

A trailblazer within the communications industry has been selected to speak at Ithaca College’s 125th Commencement during a series of virtual ceremonies held August 2-5. Cindi Berger '83 will deliver the main address. She will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Berger is the chairman of international public relations and marketing firm R&C PMK, whose client roster features more than 400 of the most prominent and influential actors, musicians, producers, directors, content creators, and athletes, in addition to over 50 global brands.

After earning her BA degree in politics from the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1983, Berger started her entertainment career as a receptionist at PMK, rising through the ranks to serve as an assistant, account executive, vice president, managing director, and partner. In 2019, she played an instrumental role in PMK•BNC’s merger with Rogers & Cowan, bringing together Hollywood’s two largest public relations and entertainment marketing agencies, to form the preeminent creative communications agency in global entertainment.

A storytelling visionary, Berger has personally influenced some of the most groundbreaking campaigns and has helped launch and manage the careers of many of the biggest names in entertainment, sports, and media, including Robert Redford, Barbara Walters, Norah O’Donnell, Billie Jean King, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, and The Chicks. Additionally, she consults with Oprah Winfrey and her team on her book club and documentary series for Apple TV+.

Berger most recently returned to the Ithaca College campus in 2016 to moderate a Women’s History Month panel discussion sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications, designed to shine a light on the underrepresentation of women in the industry as a whole while highlighting some of their accomplishments.

Among other honors, Berger is a recipient of the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award and New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award, and she is the first publicist to ever be included in Variety’s prestigious Women’s Impact List. She has also been recognized as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women by the New York Post, one of the Top 50 Women Who Run New York by Gotham magazine, and in 2016 was honored with Adweek’s Advertising Working Mother of the Year Award.

She is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees Publicists Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and resides in New York with her husband and two children.