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So last night, Horn Group’s Jennifer Dew, Bina Motiram and I attended The LAGRANT Foundation’s 13th Anniversary Scholarship Recognition Reception and Awards Program and simply put - it was beyond inspiring. For those that don’t know, The LAGRANT Foundation is a non-profit organization that is committed to increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. They work towards this mission by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to undergraduate and graduate students of color.
In my PR career to date, never have I been surrounded by so many inspiring people until last night. Jason Carroll, national correspondent for CNN, was the charismatic master of ceremonies while PR legend, Harold Burson, founding chairman of one of the most respected global PR agencies out there, Burson-Marsteller, blessed the audience and scholarship recipients with words of encouragement and hope for a more diverse industry as the keynote speaker. But what moved me even more were the proud and smiling faces of this year’s scholarship recipients. These rising stars represent a bright future for our industry and I’m so thankful to learn that organizations like the LAGRANT Foundation are there to provide the guidance, opportunity and support needed to make this future a reality.
While some sectors of the marketing communications industry are seeing exceptional growth in diversity, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done within the technology PR space. As technologists, what steps will you take to help make sure the digital media, communications, advertising and technology spaces are colorful ones?