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Diverse Dialogues

PRSA is proud to present Diverse Dialogues, a series of conversations with leaders in the profession about Diversity and Inclusion and the way forward.

As communications professionals, our voices are critical in bringing about change within our organizations. We must be confident in speaking to our leadership teams and pushing forward critical, and often uncomfortable, conversations about current events and social matters among our employees. 

Through Diverse Dialogues, we bring together leaders and experts in Diversity and Inclusion to share insights and best practices to guide communications professionals in having critical conversations to enable real change.

PRSA and PRSSA members will walk away empowered with ideas and resources to begin the conversation with their leadership that will position Diversity and Inclusion as more than a topic for this moment. Members will be inspired to drive the conversation toward including Diversity and Inclusion as foundational to the values for all organizations moving forward.

 

Communicators: Helping Americans Vote in 2020

Recorded Oct 6, 2020
6 -7 p.m. EDT

Today, more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, voter education is vitally important. Communicators are leading the charge in helping Americans understand important issues around where, when, and how to vote. Additionally, communicators from myriad organizations are taking bold steps to ensure that voting rights are understood. They are taking a lead role in helping Americans understand important issues as they relate to voting this election cycle. 

Moderator:
Felicia Blow, APR, Co-Chair, of the National Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Panelists:
  • Zara Haq - Voting Rights Advocate, ACLU
  • Sarah Courtney - Senior Director, Communications and Digital Strategy, The League of Women Voters
  • Kelly Mason - Director, Corporate Communications, Levi Straus & Co
  • Dan Lewerenz - Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund  
  • Angela Sailor – Heritage Foundation

Hispanics and Communications: Current Issues, Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

 

 

Recorded Sep 22, 2020
6 p.m. EDT

Panelists discuss the role of communications and media in educating, engaging, and advocating for critical issues affecting Hispanics: health, voting, and civil rights. Experts share effective strategies they've implemented in their roles to communicate with Hispanic stakeholders around these issues (from clients to employees and leadership), as well as anticipated challenges this population will face in the coming months.

Participants will learn about organizations that are effectively leveraging their brand purpose as a strategy to connect with their Hispanic audiences, and what we can do as PR/communications professionals to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in our respective organizations.

This event has a live SPANISH interpretation. El evento contará con traducción en vivo en ESPAÑOL 

Moderator:
Andrea Gils, International marketing and communications Manager, University of Kentucky

Panelists:
Zandra Zuno, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)
Pepe Maldonado, Account Supervisor, Zeno Group
Ana Toro, APR Fellow PRSA, Public Affairs Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Hugo Balta, News Director, WTTW. President, NAHJ. Owner, Latino News Network

LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination:
The Road to the Supreme Court

Recorded Aug 26, 2020
6 p.m. EDT

This hour-long presentation offers an inside look at the lessons learned from the advocates in LGBTQ workplace discrimination cases before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Gerald Bostock, petitioner in the landmark civil rights case Bostock v. Clayton County, his legal counsel, Tom Mew of Buckley Beal, and lead communications counsel, Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC of Poston Communications, offer a look back at the road to the Supreme Court. They not only address the legal victory and how it came to pass, but they describe the importance of communications, engaging core stakeholders, and others in this critically important Supreme Court victory and matter of public concern.

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A Celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month

Recorded June 25, 2020
6 – 7 p.m. EDT

Hear from some of the country’s leading LGBTQ PR professionals on how they are building and engaging the LGBTQ community when we can’t be together. Panelists will discuss the importance of authentic LGBTQ -inclusive communications and how PR professionals’ work is crucial in promoting and preserving unity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Moderator: Troy Blackwell Jr., Former National Director of Press Advance of Tom Steyer
  • Ben Finzel, President of RENEWPR LLC, and Founder of The Change
  • Debbie Ebalobo, Director of External Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer, GLAAD

 

Responding to Racial Injustice with Change and Healing

Recorded Jun 4, 2020
Panelists: 
  • Anita Ford Saunders, APR
  • Felicia Blow, APR 
  • Kim Clark
  • Deme Jackson

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A Celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Recorded Jun 19, 2020

Moderator:
Carolyn Lok, President, PRSSA 2020-2021 National Committee

Panelists:
  • Angela Chitkara, Researcher and Consultant, World in 2020 Project
  • Soon Mee Kim, Executive Vice President and Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Porter Novelli
  • Ted Nguyen, Immediate Past President of OC/PRSA and National Delegate; Senior Manager of External Affairs at the Orange County Transportation Authority