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Join OCPRSA in Celebrating Black History Month

By Gwen Earle, OCPRSA – Co-Chair Programs As we celebrate Black History Month, I reflect upon my career as a Black professional and I’m grateful for the trailblazers who paved the path for my success. My career began in Anaheim with a corporate telecommunications company (PacBell/AT&T), where I progressed through the leadership ranks from an […]

OCPRSA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year from September 15 to October 15, we take time to recognize the contributions, legacy and influence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the culture and achievements of the United States.  Hispanic Heritage Month was originally proclaimed in September 1968 – lasting only one week – during the tenure of President Lyndon B. Johnson. […]

Wash Your Hands and Be Kind to Strangers

Wash your hands and be kind to strangers, advice we may have dismissed as standard practice before the coronavirus (COVID-19) reared its ugly head. But is it? By now, we are all aware that we need to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds. The World Health Organization (WHO) published a video with almost […]

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 […]