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    PRSAHR Discusses the Role of Public Relations in Championing Diversity and Inclusion

    PRSAHR recently held an event titled “Embracing Inclusion in Public Relations,” featuring three local experts who shared their experience and thoughts about the state of diversity and inclusion in the industry.

    The panel, moderated by Roddena Kirksey, co-chair of the chapter’s Diversity Committee, debated the importance for organizations to be inclusive to reach diverse audiences in an ever-changing world. The panel was composed of seasoned public relations professionals:

    • Kelli Webb, Founder, and CEO of The KBD Group, LLC – owner of a boutique public relations firm with experience in small business, non-profit, sports, and entertainment industries.
    • Vincent Rhodes, Ph.D., APR, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, EVMS - with more than 20 years of experience managing communications for many clients in the education industry.
    • Jenniffer Serrano, Marketing Communications Manager at Vandeventer Black LLP – with over 10 years of experience leading integrated communications programs for non-profits, healthcare, education, foreign countries, among others.

     

    The panel was preceded by a speed networking session connecting aspiring practitioners from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at Old Dominion University to professionals within the industry.

       

    On Left:
    Panelists from PRSA Hampton Roads' "Embracing Inclusion in Public Relations" tackles questions from aspiring PR professionals at ODU. (From left to right: Jenniffer Serrano, Marketing Communications Manager at Vandeventer Black and Diversity and Inclusion Committee member; Kelli Webb, Founder, and CEO of The KBD Group, LLC; and Vincent Rhodes, Ph.D., APR, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, EVMS.)

    On Right:
    From left to right: Rick Spencer, President at CA Wordsmith and committee Co-Chair; Jenniffer Serrano, Marketing Communications Manager at Vandeventer Black and committee member; Kelli Webb, Founder, and CEO of The KBD Group, LLC; Vincent Rhodes, Ph.D., APR, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, EVMS, and Roddena Kirksey, committee Co-Chair.

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