Robert J. Cornet, PhD

Dr. Cornet is a senior communications strategist and writer with more than 35 years of experience as both consultant and corporate executive for global organizations in sectors as diverse as utilities, higher education, beverage alcohol, broadcasting, management consulting, retailing, and health care.

During his career, Dr. Cornet has been the principal in his own communications firm; the executive director of university relations at Butler University; the director of communications at Towers Perrin; an associate professor of business and the managing director of the Academy for Corporate Governance at Fordham University; vice president for corporate affairs at NBC; manager of editorial services for Philip Morris Companies and Miller Brewing; communications officer for Hamilton County, Tennessee, Government; and an instructor and assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Cornet holds a PhD in English from the Pennsylvania State University and BA and MA degrees in English from Florida State University.

Representative clients include: AVANGRID, Diageo North America, EvergreenHealth in Seattle, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Kohl’s Department Stores, Tillinghast, Towers Perrin, Eli Lilly, Clarian Health Partners, Miller Brewing Company, ComPsych.

Michelle Mannering, PhD


Dr. Mannering is a researcher, writer, and editor with more than twenty years of experience in creating a broad range of products for both non-profit and for-profit clients, including annual reports, white papers, newsletters, and by-lined articles. Dr. Mannering also has a broad range of consulting experience to award-winning corporate communications teams.

During the course of her career, Dr. Mannering has been both the articles editor and book review editor of the American Historical Review (AHR), the journal of record for the historical profession in the United States. Writers for the AHR valued her distinct ability to help them articulate their arguments with clarity, persuasion, and force. She brought those same skills to book authors published by the Indiana University Press where she served as a freelance editor as well as to students at Butler University where she participated in the university’s intensive writing program. Students at Butler and Indiana University honored her with six awards for teaching excellence.

Dr. Mannering is a specialist in U.S.-Native American relations and U.S.-Middle Eastern relations. Her own publications include editing and contributing to Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians; and “Mary Crow Dog: A Story of the American Indian Movement and the United States,” published in The Human Tradition in America since 1945.

She holds a PhD in history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MA and BA, magna cum laude, in history from the University of North Texas.