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Recap: How Diversity Shapes Culture and Influences Buying-Power

With six generations flexing their buying power in the marketplace at the same time, organizations need an employee base that is just as diverse, according to Jessica Kimball, human resources strategy leader at Mattel, Inc. Kimball was one of the featured speakers at the Orange County Public Relations Society of American diversity event, “How Diversity […]

Acknowledging Diversity: One Student’s Mission to Move Up & Forward

For Black History month, OCPRSA is highlighting a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) student from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Charla Batey, MBA, OCPRSA president-elect and communications specialist for Cox Communications, interviewed Tonjanae Watson about her passion for PR, diversity, and inclusion, and how she is combining all three as she finishes up […]

In Long Shadows of ‘Scandal,’ Andrew Vo’s Drive and Passion Unlock PRSSA’s National Gold Key Honors

  By Ted Nguyen, OC/PRSA Board Member I share many things with Andrew Vo, Cal State Fullerton’s uber organized PRSSA president. We are among a handful of Vietnamese Americans in the public relations profession in Southern California. We’re both children of refugees who fled war-torn Vietnam. The difference: I’ve worked on Capitol Hill in the […]

You Get Out What You Put In

By Stephanie Thara 2017 Diversity Chair I’m what a lot of people like to refer to as a commitment phobe. Prior to joining the Board as Diversity Chair this year, I had only attended OCPRSA events “every once in a while” and “here and there” since landing my first job in public relations back in […]

Real Talk Blog: Disability Inclusion in Public Relations

By OCPRSA’s Diversity Committee In honor of October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we will be featuring thoughts from Kristen Parisi—a public relations executive and freelance journalist in a wheelchair—in this month’s “Real Talk” blog. In 1990, Kristen was involved in a car accident where she suffered a spinal cord injury and has been […]

Pay Attention to the Young PR Guns

By Les Goldberg, APR Les Goldberg Public Relations During my lifetime, I have seen the invention of television, the beginning of the end of print journalism, the introduction and proliferation of the personal computer and cell phones, and the birth of social media.  As a public relation practitioner for the past 50 years, I can […]

Let’s Be Real about Diversity (Or The Lack Thereof)

By Stephanie Thara 
Communications Manager, Western Growers 
Diversity Chair, OCPRSA The Diversity Committee recently held its first event of the year, in conjunction with the YoPro Committee, and I have to tell you, it was a breath of fresh air. Hearing the 20 or so students from universities throughout Orange County talk about the importance […]

Does O’Reilly Factor into Diversity in PR?

By Jim Delulio President, PR Talent The firing of Fox commentator, Bill O’Reilly is more the result of the economic impact of his actions than any real moral outrage on the part of Fox News. When angry consumers, amplified by social media started pressuring advertisers, ad dollars left the show and Mr. O’Reilly soon followed. […]

Inspiring a Conversation about Leadership

By Erik Fallis, MPA, APR Director of Executive Writing and Speechwriter The California State University Timothy P. White was told that college wasn’t for him. He proved the doubters wrong, attending Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, Cal State East Bay and UC Berkeley. A successful career in science and academia followed. Now, as chancellor […]

It’s Our Time to Lead the Change

By Neil Foote President, National Black Public Relations Society EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of the Diversity Committee’s “Real Talk” Initiative, OCPRSA will be featuring monthly blogs where leading communications professionals will be speaking candidly about issues that affect diversity and inclusion in the public relations profession. In honor of Black History Month, Neil Foote, president […]