National Black Public Relations Society to Outline Strategies on How the Industry Can Improve Diversity

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National Black Public Relations Society to Outline Strategies on How the Industry Can Improve Diversity

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National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. Also to Promote Professional Development and Develop Partnership Opportunities

Survey results will be discussed at high-level industry summit in Washington, D.C.

(Los Angeles – Sept. 22) The National Black Public Relations Society Inc. (NBPRS), the foremost organization for image makers and brand strategists, run by professionals for professionals, will outline strategies on how the industry can improve diversity, promote professional development and develop partnership opportunities at a daylong summit designed to jumpstart the public relations industry’s diversity efforts.

kpowellonMIC-100dpiThis one-day, invitation-only summit, to be held on Friday, October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., will be an off-the-record discussion to help set the direction for the future state of the organization – and the industry. Representatives from major corporations, organizations and agencies, including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, GolinHarris, Mitchell Communications Group, MSL Group, Edelman and the PR Council, are participating. They, along with NBPRS board members, will discuss and develop specific actionable solutions to help increase diversity, focusing on mid-career practitioners across the industry and agencies. They also will look to create strategies to strengthen competencies and increase opportunities for black-owned businesses.

“This year, we decided to focus our efforts on convening the best minds in HR and talent management, technology and innovation, the global workplace, and small business development for a highly strategic and task-oriented summit,” said Richelle Payne, president, NBPRS, Inc. “We are setting out on a course that is designed to hold the industry accountable for its diversity efforts and position NBPRS as a critical partner in transforming agencies and corporations, and empowering black-owned businesses for the global opportunities of the future.”

An industry white paper, authored by Drs. Rochelle L. Ford, Professor and Chair, Newhouse School, Syracuse University and Clarke L. Caywood, Full Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, will offer several insights into the data gathered from an industry-wide survey conducted earlier this year.

An exciting and defining element of the Summit is the opening session with Kevin Powell, one of the nation’s most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices and author of the highly-anticipated memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

Sponsors for this year’s Summit are: Coca-Cola, GolinHarris, Edelman and Safeway.

About the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc.

Since its founding in 1997, the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. has served as an advocate for black professionals in the public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. For more information, visit www.nbprs.org. Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.


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Atlanta Art Galleries Partner to Promote African American Artists

Partnership Will Use Educational Seminars, Innovative Programs

(ATLANTA ) Premier Art, Inc. and ZuCot Gallery are partnering to promote original artwork by today’s African American artists, representing a major move in Atlanta’s art community, company officials announced.

The partnership brings together Troy Taylor, owner of ZuCot Gallery, located in downtown Atlanta, and brothers, Onaje and Omari Henderson who have carved out a name for themselves at Premier Art Gallery, founded by their father, Aaron, 20 years ago.

“This is a big move for us,” said Onaje, who has a mechanical engineering background, but grew up surrounded by art. “We know there are a great number of talented African American artists in Atlanta – and around the country – who have produced powerful artwork that needs more exposure. We know there are new and experience collectors – individuals and companies – who are looking for new artwork. This partnership is going to help us jumpstart that opportunity.”

 

H&T Art Partners are seeking out novice and seasoned collectors who want to begin or expand their collection through educational programs, such as an Art Tasting ™, Art Leasing, and Virtual Viewing.  The company also is going to build off its base to work with companies around the country to build their art colleges, and help them reach some of their corporate goals by sharing African American art with their employees.

To date, the Henderson brothers already have worked with such Fortune 500 clients as The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, The Tom Joyner Foundation, and Kimberly Clark.


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