2015 Schranz Lecturer
Kelli Parsons is the chief corporate communications and marketing officer at New York Life Insurance Company. She also oversaw the Corporate Communications Department and served as the chief communications officer and senior vice president of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). At Fannie Mae, her team was selected by PR Week as 2014 Team of the Year.
Parsons was also head of Federal National Mortgage Association’s Communications and Marketing Services and the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. There she was responsible for brand management, external and internal communications, corporate events and business marketing communications.
Parsons has participated in philanthropic efforts like the annual Help the Homeless Walkathon and other community events.
Parsons was the general manager and executive vice president at Hill & Knowlton Limited before joining Warburg Pincis LLC in November 2008 to lead global communications and marketing. She also served as the technology practice director, global client leader and general manager of the New York and Washington, D.C. offices.
Parsons has had a distinguished career in marketing management, communications and journalism. As an award-winning journalist, she covered topics in politics, business and breaking news. Parsons completed degrees at Murray State University and Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism. Parsons currently lives in New York City and is a director and trustee of the Murray State University Foundation.