Author and PR guru Lynne Franks was today presented with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University, in recognition of her career achievements in business and the media.
Lynne started her own public relations firm, Lynne Franks PR, at the age of 21, which grew to become one of the best-known PR agencies in the world. She also founded Globalfusion, a public relations agency in California in the late 1990s.
Lynne has written four books, including The SEED Handbook: The Feminine Way to Create Business. SEED programmes are now one of the most internationally recognised women's enterprise and leadership training programmes. Her work as an advocate for women’s rights also includes a key role with the V-Day campaign, a charity that seeks to end sexual violence against women across the world.
Lynne said: "As someone who was a young entrepreneur, I still believe that the world is wide open for people starting out in their own career. My advice to graduates is always stay true to yourself and follow your passions as it's not just about profit.
"Entrepreneurship and business success can lead to a great life, but collaborating with others and keeping personal values at the heart of business means you will also give something back to the community.
I didn’t have the chance to go to University, so to receive this Honorary Doctorate from the University close to where I grew up is a real honour"
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “The hallmarks of Lynne’s career have been entrepreneurial spirit, talent and determination to succeed. These attributes are vital for those setting out on their own career journey and I hope Middlesex’s latest graduates will share Lynne’s drive and vision as well as her commitment to the issues she believes in.”
Lynne, who grew up in north London, collected her honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University's Hendon Campus today (19 July).
The award was made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.