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OC/PRSA 10th Annual Diversity Forum

DIVERSITY_10_Anniversary2-e1405743367778-300x282Last week we attended the OC/PRSA 10th Annual Diversity Forum, hosted by the OC/PRSA Diversity committee. At this luncheon, approximately 40 public relations, marketing and journalism practitioners listened to leading diversity practitioners share information about the progress made and what can be done to improve diversity in the workplace and the marketplace.

Moderator Richard Chang of the OC Register kicked off the discussion with Orange County Census statistics and shared that Orange County is a “majority minority city”.  Chang said public relations practitioners, journalists and marketers share something in common: “We are all trying to reach audiences.” He also stressed that we must be “very thoughtful on who we are trying to reach.”

Joe Keenan of MWW began his presentation by sharing the differences of traditional and current marketing strategies to the LGBT community.  Ads that would not have been created in years past are now running and reflect the New America.  Blurred lines exist in marketing to this coveted audience.

Lynn Jolliffe of Ingram Micro showcased how the company’s diversity objectives and strategies have increased diversity within the company.  Diversity is a component of the company’s corporate social responsibility and the company is attracting top talent because of it.  Lynn Jolliffe’s work at Ingram Micro provides an excellent model for other companies who are looking to increase their diversity.

Anne Dean, APR of Education Management Corporation, introduced statistics that will comprise 2020’s workforce and indicate the racial ethnic diversity in America.  Although racial ethnic diversity is on the rise, progress is limited for Hispanics and African Americans due to a lack of resources and lowered standards in education.  Dean stated that education drives diversity in professions and encouraged listeners to donate or offer resources to organizations that promote education equality.

La Voz Marketing congratulates the OC/PRSA Diversity Committee on its 10th anniversary and its success in the PRSA community.  We look forward to attending the next OC/PRSA diversity event.  For more information about OC/PRSA diversity events, visit http://www.ocprsa.org/programs-events/diversity/.

 

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