Bechtel’s Charlene Wheeless and W2O Group’s Jim Weiss to Serve as TLF 20th Anniversary Chair and Co-Chair in San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2018 – Bechtel Corporation’s Charlene Wheeless will serve as Host Committee Chair for The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in San Francisco. W2O Group’s founder and CEO and TLF board member, Jim Weiss, will serve as Co-Chair.
Both Wheeless and Weiss bring with them a wealth of experience and dedication to TLF’s mission. Wheeless, who is principal vice president of global corporate affairs for Bechtel, was named one of PRWeek’s 50 Most Influential PR Professionals for four consecutive years while Weiss ranks among the magazine’s 500 Most Important People in the Global PR Industry.
In 2016, Weiss also partnered with TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter to form a paid health care fellowship that places ethnic minorities who are pursuing healthcare communications careers in W2O’s offices.“I am pleased to welcome both Charlene Wheeless and Jim Weiss to the host committee in San Francisco,” said Hunter. “Their combined expertise in the industry makes for exactly the sort of leadership we at TLF hope will be demonstrated for the 2018 scholarship recipients.”

This year TLF will go bicoastal to celebrate its 20th anniversary with receptions in both New York and San Francisco. Scholarships totaling $250,000 will be awarded to 100 ethnic minority students across the country who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations.

The 2018 Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in San Francisco will take place on Monday, June 4 while its sister event will take place in New York on Monday, May 21.

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About Bechtel

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1989, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

About W2O Group

Founded and led by CEO Jim Weiss in 2001, W2O is an independent network of complementary analytics and insights-driven, digital marketing and communications firms focused on integrated business solutions for the world’s leading brands and organizations in healthcare and other industries. The firm employs nearly 700 people in a dozen offices across the United States and in Europe. W2O incorporates Insight Integration, a strategic approach based on unearthing transformative insights from data/analytics and integrating them — across all marcom disciplines – to arrive at a precise solution for clients’ business needs. The goal is to create an Unfair Advantage for clients who face dramatic challenges in a shifting environment by following the right data to get to the right solution. The right data clarifies the audience, what matters to them, and where the client’s brand fits in their lives. W2O employs proprietary analytics models, methodologies and approaches in a digital world to design precise communications and marketing strategies and engagement to deliver the right solution and sustained business results. W2O’s network includes WCG, Twist, Pure, Marketeching and Sentient. For more information, please visit
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