Dear NFPRSA family:
Today we celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, a month in which we honor the immense contributions and achievements of Black Americans who have shaped our nation’s rich history. Over the past year, we have witnessed there is still so much more work we need to do as a country to achieve true equality. Together, I hope you will join me in helping build a brighter future that extends the original promise of our country to all Americans. But how can we continue to drive positive change?
As communications professionals, our voice is critical in bringing about change within our organizations. We need to have confidence and transparency in speaking to our leadership teams and pushing forward conversations among our employees about current events and social matters. We are in a critical moment as human beings to stand up and speak up on injustice. We must continue to listen, learn and contribute to the ongoing fight for freedom and equity for all Americans.
As we take a moment to pause this month and acknowledge the lessons of prolific leaders, I urge you to continue listening and most of all to keep learning for your own leadership journey. We all have a role to play in the fight for equality. Consider checking out these pre-recorded webinars to learn how we as communicators can continue to advocate for change, and promote values of diversity, equity and inclusion:
- PRSA: “Brands Taking A Stand Against Social Injustices – When Staying Silent Is No Longer an Option.” (Click here to view).
- Institute for Public Relations & PRSA’s Education Academy: “Race in the PR Classroom.” (click here to view).
View all upcoming PRSA diversity, equity and inclusion training opportunities by clicking here.
Speaking of learning…We have great programs on the horizon, and we look forward to hosting you soon for virtual learning, networking and engagement. Mark your calendar for:
- Thursday, Feb. 25 (all day): Virtual Agency Tour for Students and New Professionals. We will be making virtual stops at North Florida's premier PR agencies and media outlets in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee where you can learn more about potential career paths, internships and gain valuable, virtual face time with the industry's elite.
- Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 3: “Successfully Steering Leaders Through Change,” facilitated by author and communications expert Al Comeaux. In our upcoming program, Al will guide us in a discussion on how communicators can use their communications skills to earn a seat at the table and help our executives prepare for organizational and industry changes.
As a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already completed our annual membership survey please do so now. Your candid responses help us shape programming and drive increased value for our members.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are honored to serve you. Please feel free to reach out with thoughts, feedback and suggestions on how we can continue to grow the value of your PRSA and chapter membership.
Lauren L. Venoy, M.S. IMC, APR
2021 NFPRSA President