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Comms Strategy To Engage The AAPI Community

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

AAPI Event

Comms Strategy to Engage the AAPI Community

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, join OCPRSA for a discussion around diversity and inclusion on Wednesday, May 26 at 12:00 P.M. Attendees will hear insight from three panelists who currently lead D&I efforts for their organizations. This event is an opportunity for all to learn, engage, and honor our members of the AAPI community.

Panelists Include:

Sharon FranklinSharon Franklin
Director, Inclusion, Development & Culture at Cox Communications

Sharon Franklin currently serves as the Director of Inclusion, Development and Culture for Cox Communications in San Diego, CA. Her primary specialties are leadership facilitation, teambuilding, organizational development, diversity & inclusion, curriculum design and delivery. Her goal is to equip leaders with tools to be futuristic critical thinkers, inclusive and equitable leaders, strategic problem-solvers and innovators in their fields. Prior to coming to Cox, Sharon’s experience focused primarily on customer service in both large and small Call Center environments. In 2020, she was promoted to her current role.

Sharon is active in her community often hosting workshops on professional development for local sororities, churches and civic organizations. She has served as both the youth and young adult leader at her church for over ten years providing coaching on career development, leadership, and financial planning. She also served as an officer for two years with the San Diego Urban League Young Professionals. During that time, she was recognized by the San Diego chapter of the National Urban League as Most Valuable Professional. Sharon graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is a breast cancer survivor and is passionate to help other women in their battles with this awful disease. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, baking, reading great books, writing short stories, and spending time with her family especially her twenty-one nieces and nephews.

Christina Rivera GlennonChristina Rivera Glennon
Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager at Taco Bell Corp.

Christina Rivera Glennon (she/her/hers) supports Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EIB) for Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand.

Christina leads and supports both strategic elements and hands-on implementation of EIB initiatives for Taco Bell, while helping co-create a culture that sustains the effort through passion and shared responsibility. Before joining Yum! Brands, Christina worked for Starbucks where she led a diverse portfolio of Social Impact hiring initiatives supporting military veterans and their spouses, opportunity youth, refugees, and people with disabilities. Christina brings a blended career background in non-profit leadership and corporate social purpose to Taco Bell, as well as her personal commitment to EIB as a daughter of immigrants. Christina is also a veteran of the US Army. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two young sons.

Ted NguyenTed Nguyen
Senior Manager, External Affairs at OCTA

Ted Nguyen is a nationally recognized public relations and communications professional with more than 25 years of developing and executing cost-effective programs. He is the senior manager in External Affairs for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).

Nguyen’s pioneering work created OCTA’s social media program in 2007 and its diversity outreach program in 2013. He served as the president of the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (OCPRSA) in 2019 and previously served on the board of directors of Orange County chapter starting in 2010 and the Greater Salt Lake chapter in 2000. Nguyen’s work in social media and digital communications is featured in two books: “The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing” and “The Big Book of Social Media.”

Nguyen is part of the OCPRSA Diversity Committee winning a record number of 10 diversity chapter awards from PRSA headquarters. In 2007, he was honored as the “PR Person of the Year” by PR News magazine at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Ted joined four other Vietnamese American professionals in Orange County to create an all-volunteer group – Nailing It For America – to help provide more than 1.5 million desperately needed personal-protective equipment worth approximately $30 million for healthcare professionals, front-line workers and vulnerable seniors across the U.S. Along with its partners, the group also provided more than 70,000 restaurant meals. The massive community actions generated local, national and international headlines.

While executing their philanthropic work to combat COVID-19, members of the group became the subject of anti-Asian hate themselves. Ted spearheaded the volunteer group to raise nearly $100,000 during a virtual global benefit concert in April for community-based groups fighting against anti-Asian hate.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications with a double major in journalism and public relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Nguyen also earned a master’s degree from BYU’s Marriott School of Management with an emphasis in strategic planning and international relations.


Victoria LImVictoria Lim
OCPRSA Advocacy Chair and Senior Manager, Executive and Employee Communications at Experian

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT

Non-Member: $10

Hosted via Zoom:
Registration below is required. Upon confirmation of your payment (if applicable), you will receive the formal meeting invitation with the Zoom link. If you don’t see this important email, first check your junk mail folder then contact Note the deadline to register is 11:30 a.m. the day of the event.

Please reach out to Programs Co-Chairs, Gwen Earle at and Jacob Duarte at

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May 26
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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