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Kristie Aylett

Kristie Aylett, a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), has taught public relations courses for SoPA since 2006. When she’s not teaching in the classroom or online, she provides strategic counsel and senior-level expertise to clients across the U.S through her consulting firm, The KARD Group Public Relations/Marketing.

An accredited public relations practitioner, Aylett has been elected to leadership positions with local, state, regional and  national communications organizations, including president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and the four-state Southern Public Relations Federation. In recognition of her contributions to the profession, PRSA inducted her into its College of Fellows, an honorary organization of approximately 350 industry leaders. She served as chair of the PRSA Association/Nonprofit Section in 2022, with more than 700 members. She is the vice chair of the Universal Accreditation Board, a governing body with representatives from nine PR organizations charged with oversight of the APR, APR+M and other PR credentials.

The Fort Worth Business Press selected her as a member of its inaugural class of “40 under 40” community leaders in 2002, and the Mississippi Business Journal named her one of the“50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi” in 2014.

Aylett earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.