Diversity & Inclusion

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Recruitment and Retention in PR Continue Despite COVID-19

July 1st, 2020 by

An article on recruitment and retention? Now, in the midst of record unemployment? As it happens, PR is moving ahead with recruitment, though on a reduced level, yet retention is alive and well. We find out how two firms, one large, the other mid-size, are doing.


Adidas Faces Uphill Battle After HR Head Leaves Amid Diversity Shortfalls

July 1st, 2020 by

On June 30, Karen Parkin, the global head of human resources for Adidas, stepped down after allegations surfaced from employees—not for the first time—that she failed to promote diversity within the company. In a moment when the nation is hyper-sensitive to racial inequality in any form, the move is a high-profile example of a company publicly attempting to start transformation from the top.

Using Measurement to See Whether Brands Walked the Talk on #BLM

July 1st, 2020 by

In August 2019, Business Roundtable released a statement on the purpose of a corporation (see PRNEWS, September, 2019). More than 180 CEOs, some from America’s largest firms, committed their companies to

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New FleishmanHillard Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer: We Need Substantive Change

July 1st, 2020 by

As part of our series of interviews with senior PR pros in new positions, we spoke recently with Emily Graham, FleishmanHillard’s first chief diversity & inclusion officer. During her 15-year career, Graham says she’s seen no evidence that PR has made strides toward diversity. Actions not words are needed now, she says.

LGBTQ PR Pros Discuss How Their Experiences Shaped Communications

July 1st, 2020 by

In honor of Pride Month, the Museum of PR held a forum where PR pros who are members of the LGBTQ+ community discussed how the industry has helped raise awareness around Pride. In addition, they spoke about their experiences being PR pros and members of the LGBTQ+ community.


LGBTQ Experiences Shape Communications

June 29th, 2020 by

As Pride Month concludes tomorrow, the Museum of PR will convene a group of PR’s LGBTQ+ leaders for a discussion about the role of communication in the movement’s past, present and future. We offer perspectives on work and life of some of the scheduled panelists.

Pride, Politics and Communication: A Q&A with Mayor Annise Parker

June 28th, 2020 by

As Pride Month comes to a close, we offer this interview of Annise Parker, the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Parker now heads Victory, a bipartisan group that recruits and helps elect LGBTQ+ candidates. She tell H+K Strategies’ Ed Patterson how communication is part of Victory’s work.

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PRNEWS GRADES: Pride Edition

June 26th, 2020 by

The PRNEWS staff comes across many examples of brand advertising and communications every day. We have compiled a weekly assessment, with staff members providing their choices of the most notable, good or bad. This week, we placed a special focus on Pride campaigns.


How the LGBTQ Experience Can Shape Communication

June 24th, 2020 by

In honor of Pride Month, we offer the perspectives of several LGBTQ leaders in the PR and marketing community. Each of these executives will speak during a free Museum of PR event next week highlighting the social and professional experiences of members of PR’s LGBTQ community.

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How LeBron James Might Involve Brands in the Voter Suppression Battle

June 23rd, 2020 by

Many brands have said they support #BlackLivesMatter. Some have taken direct action to back up their words. It is possible LeBron James may ask them to support the effort to register black voters and fight voter suppression, a source of structural racism, James says.