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Darien League Of Women Voters Launches Season With Tea, 'Messages' Program

Professor and communications strategist Katie Burke will address the Darien League of Women Voters.
Professor and communications strategist Katie Burke will address the Darien League of Women Voters. Photo Credit: Linkedin

DARIEN, Conn. -- The League of Women Voters of Darien will kick off the 2015 -16 season on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a program called “ Messages that Work: Tips and Tales from the White House to the Board Room."

The program will feature Katie Burke, executive in residence and a professor of communications at the Sacred Heart University School of Communications and Media Studies in Fairfield.

The event will take place at the Country Club of Darien and will begin at 11 a.m. with high tea, including scones, sandwiches, salads and sweets.

Burke is one of the country's leading political and corporate communications strategists, with nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of government and business. She was previously global chair of public affairs for Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. During her six years at Edelman, Burke also served as global chief of staff, managing key elements of the firm's strategy and operations.

After leaving Edelman, Burke was employed by Nielsen, a leading global institution measuring consumer behavior, where she managed all aspects of global communications, marketing, public affairs and thought leadership.

Previously, she served as communications director for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign and held the same position for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign in California.

The ticket price is $40. For reservations, RSVP and pay online at or mail a check to Darien League of Women Voters P.O. Box 103 Darien, CT 06820 before Tuesday, Sept. 15.

For questions, contact program chairs, Clara Sartori at 203-470-0312 or email at, or Wynne Shapiro at 203-219-6660 or email at

The Country Club of Darien is at 300 Mansfield Ave. in Darien.

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