Rising Star

Michelle Heard, Ascension

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It’s fitting that a rising star should work for an organization called Ascension.

Michelle Heard, senior specialist of public relations for the nonprofit health system, has emerged as an exceptional communications strategist and team leader.

Heard helps lead a national strategic initiative to engage and educate consumers on Ascension’s efforts to transform health care through innovation. The integrated program consists of media relations, social media, speaking engagements and securing awards for Ascension’s national and regional executives.

Overseeing a team of 30 communicators network-wide, Heard has played a vital role in elevating and enhancing the Ascension brand. She is the primary spokesperson for Tennessee, one of Ascension’s leading markets. 

Heard’s not done learning about her vocation: She’s working to obtain her master’s degree at Penn State University.

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