By Sonia Sotello and Caroline Biedron Spend a few minutes chatting with Karuna Rawal and you’ll quickly understand why she is a celebrated and sought-after brand builder. For more than 25 years, Rawal has worked on well-established brands, including Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter while at Procter & Gamble, and on Sara Lee and…… Continue reading Game-changing CPG and Marketing Veteran, Mother of Three is Quite the ‘Fynd’
By Zoë Ihaza Linda Blakley is a results-driven communications professional with over 20 years of experience in the public relations industry. Blakley currently serves as vice president for university communications at DePaul University in Chicago. She has expertise in strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, and other disciplines in the industry. Blakley grew up…… Continue reading Linda Blakley’s Journey as a Black Woman in PR
By Jenna Ranieri After noticing very few people in the Public Relations and Media space look or thought like her, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang decided to “walk-the-talk” and disrupt the flow of the industry. At the time, she was a professor of Public Relations and social media at Stockton University. The longer she taught, the more…… Continue reading Former PR Prof’s Different Approach to Education ‘Awakens the Heart’
By Geoff Curtis For more than six months, I have been on a journey – one of education, understanding and action. While I’ve always considered myself an inclusive person, the recent and ongoing events specific to anti-Black racism, which have impacted me, my friends and colleagues, have made me realize that I have a lot…… Continue reading Tackling Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Personally and Professionally – How can we do better?
By Lauren Scott According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workforce demographics are changing at a rapid pace compromised of women making up almost half of the workforce and people of color expected to become the majority, within the decade. The PRSA Foundation and the Museum of Public Relations partnered to publish a textbook…… Continue reading D&I: The Responsibility is Yours
“Torod Neptune has been one of the industry’s most effective change agents, from championing the business impact of communications to restructuring for the modern era of communications to calling on agencies to increase diversity in order to secure Lenovo’s business.” – The Holmes Report By Annie Durkin After having the opportunity to ask Torod a…… Continue reading D&I: Moving Beyond Talk to Action
By Erin Grafton “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.” This quote – a favorite saying of her mother’s – summarizes Helen Shelton’s secret to success. She understands that hard work and determination will get you farther than luck alone. Or rather, that we are all responsible for making our own luck. “Every…… Continue reading The Art of Diversity and Inclusion in Public Relations: Finn Partner’s Helen Shelton