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October 07, 2010

PRSA International Conference Brings Multicultural Understanding and Expertise to Public Relations Professionals

NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2010) The moral and business value of diversity in today’s ever-changing business and society will be discussed in several workshops offered at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2010 International Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16-19.  Workshops will explore the many facets of diversity in America as they apply to public relations and communication professionals.
“To move business forward and stay competitive, companies are realizing the critical importance of embracing today’s rapidly growing diverse market,” said Sonia Sroka, PRSA Diversity Committee chair and SVP, director of Hispanic marketing at Porter Novelli. “This year’s International Conference has much to offer to those looking for advice from top experts presenting case studies on diversity. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to grow your understanding of how you can engage diverse audiences or what role diversity plays in your organization.”
A sample of diversity-oriented sessions includes the following:
  • “Powering Innovation: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion,” presented by Nelson Fernandez, managing director, APCO Worldwide, and Jose Hermocillo, senior vice president and managing director, APCO Worldwide.
  • “Employee Resource Groups That Grow the Business,” presented by Tom Cunningham, vice president, corporate communications, Interpublic Group; Julia Hood, president, Arthur W. Page Society; and Kevin Hooks, senior vice president, intergrated media, Weber Shandwick.
  • “Socially Diverse: Engaging With Diverse Communities Online,” presented by James Walker, editor, PR Prescriptions.
Another highlight of the International Conference is the Unity Mixer on Oct. 16, 5:30–8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for members of the various public relations and communications associations, including the Asian American Journalists Association, Black Public Relations Society, The Capital Press Club, National Association of Black Journalists, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and PRSA, to come together for an evening of networking and fellowship.
Register online for the PRSA 2010 International Conference: Powering PRogress — the epicenter of thought leadership. Discover results-driven programs and take part in exceptional networking opportunities, Oct. 16-19 in Washington, D.C.
About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
With more than 31,000 members, PRSA is the largest organization of public relations professionals and students. PRSA is comprised of 111 local Chapters organized into 10 geographic Districts; 16 Professional Interest Sections that focus on issues, trends and research relevant to specialized practice areas, such as technology, health care, financial communications, entertainment and sports, and travel tourism; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which has more than 300 Chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. PRSA is headquartered in New York.
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