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D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award

 

The D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award is PRSA's highest individual award presented to a public relations professional that has contributed to the increased awareness of public relations within multicultural communities and participated in the promotion of issues that meet the unique needs of these diverse communities. D. Parke Gibson was a pioneer in multicultural public relations who founded the first black-owned public relations firm, D. Parke Gibson International, in New York in 1960.

Judging Criteria:

Achievements: How have the professional achievements of the nominee advanced the profession of public relations and its positive visibility to multicultural communities?

Application: How has the nominee exhibited personal leadership and dedication to the communications industry, especially within the multicultural public relations area?

Awards: What are the awards and other forms of recognition the nominee has received for public relations accomplishments and for advancing the practice of multicultural communications?

Judging Procedures:

All entries are reviewed and scored by the Awards subcommittee of PRSA's Diversity Committee according to the judging criteria.

Nomination Procedures:

Any individual member of PRSA may nominate a candidate. Each nomination must include a letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications, no longer than two typed pages that address the judging criteria. The recipient need not be a PRSA member.

Two letters that second the nomination must accompany each nomination. (Please note: no more than two letters of recommendation will be considered.) The letters need to substantively address the criteria for the award. One of the seconding letters must come from a PRSA member. Please include your name, company title, complete address and telephone number.

Past winners have included:

  • Terrie Williams, owner, Terrie Williams Agency
  • Ofield Dukes, APR, Fellow PRSA, owner, Ofield Dukes and Associates
  • Lyria F. Howland, APR, owner and president, Howland PR Inc.
  • Rosanna Fiske, APR, president, Communiqué Group
  • William B. Marks, APR, president, GCI-Atlanta
  • Elena del Valle, MBA, JD, president, LNA World Communications
  • Cheryl Procter-Rogers, APR, Fellow PRSA, corporate affairs director-North Central Region, Home Box Office
  • Debra A. Miller, Ed.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, senior director of marketing and communication, Clark Atlanta University
  • Gloria Rodriguez, president and CEO, Comunicad

Information on the deadline for this year's nominations is forthcoming.

Nominations should be sent to the attention of the PRSA Diversity Committee, 33 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038-5150. The winner will be announced and presented with their award during PRSA’s International Conference.

 

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