Valerie Alexander is a senior executive with more than two decades of
experience working at the intersection of mobilizing social change and
awareness, applying effective communication and marketing expertise, and
establishing meaningful strategic partnerships.
Alexander is the former chief marketing officer of the Clinton
Foundation. During her seven years at the foundation, she built and led its
global marketing, digital, special events, and partnership efforts. Prior to
that, she served as a spokesperson and senior communications advisor for
Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Kathleen Henson is the founder and CEO of Henson Consulting, a national
public relations firm in Chicago. She began Henson Consulting in 2001 to
reinvent the modern agency and to provide clients with strategic counsel,
unparalleled creativity, and tangible results. Henson Consulting serves a
wide variety of international, national, and Midwest-based clients. Prior to
starting her own agency, Henson was a senior executive at Edelman. She
was selected to be on the “Top Women in PR” list by PR News in 2016.
Henson served as co-chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s
Women’s Leadership Council and currently serves in its fundraising cabinet.
She is also on the board of directors of Breakthrough Urban Ministries and
an active member of the prestigious Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet, for
which she has co-chaired the fall fundraiser since 2013.
For more than 25 years, the College of Liberal Arts has recognized the outstanding achievements
of its graduates through the Distinguished Alumni Awards program. Recipients of this award
have made significant contributions to society, and their accomplishments, affiliations, and
careers honor the legacy of excellence at Purdue University and in the College of Liberal Arts.
BA 1994, English
BA 1992, Brian Lamb School