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Keith Burton

Keith Burton

Principal & Founder of Grayson Emmett Partners

Featured Speaker: Saturday, June 4 | 11:15 a.m.
“Watch what they do, not what they say…”

Why employee engagement is broken in major companies and how corporate culture, leadership and technology factor into our work as communicators.


For more than three decades, Keith has been recognized as one of the world’s leading global practitioners in corporate communications, crisis communications and strategic employee engagement.

He formed Grayson Emmett Partners in 2014. Prior to creating his own consultancy, he was a Partner with Brunswick Group, New York and London, and led a global group of practitioners focused exclusively on improving organizational performance by building employee trust, advancing internal communication as a strategic discipline, and helping drive change at many of the world’s leading corporations.

Keith founded and served as President of Insidedge, a leading employee communication consultancy supporting major agencies in the Interpublic Group (IPG) of Companies, from 1991 until 2012. He also was a senior executive with Golin, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Ketchum.

Earlier in his career, Keith was an award-winning business news reporter with Belo Corp. and Capital Cities Communications, Dallas correspondent to Time and a business reporter at Texas Business Magazine.

During his professional career, Keith has worked with companies in virtually every major industry sector and served such clients as Amazon, American Airlines, Covidien, Danone, ExxonMobil, Facebook, FedEx, GlaxoSmithKline, Georgia-Pacific Corp., IBM Corp., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, One Medical, NASA, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), NATO, One Medical, Tenneco, Tyson Foods and Visa International.

Keith was an the first Algur H. Meadows Fellow at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in mass communication and a Bachelor of fFne Arts in journalism. He served on the Board of Advisors and was Chairman of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He was a Trustee and Past Chair of the Commission on Organizational Communication for the Institute for Public Relations. He currently serves on the board of the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC).

He also has served as an executive-in-residence in the IMC program at the Medill School, Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., and lectures regularly at Syracuse University, the University of Alabama, DePaul University and several other major universities.