The PRSA Foundation has teamed up with the Museum of Public Relations to publish a new book as part of a larger collaborative initiative designed to boost diversity and inclusion efforts within the communications profession.
The new tome, “Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership,” is designed to help communications pros better understand the challenges currently facing people of color in the industry. It profiles more than 40 multicultural corporate and PR agency leaders, who share their career challenges and successes, as well as tips for those entering the profession today.
“As diversity and inclusion has become more of a business imperative in today’s workplace and in aligning with our stakeholders, we felt it was important to continue the conversation on what this means for the communications industry,” Judith Harrison, president of the PRSA Foundation, told O’Dwyer’s. “By candidly highlighting the experiences and challenges of being a multicultural practitioner, we felt publishing this work would offer guidance to aspiring diverse students and early- to mid-career professionals as well as provide counsel to organizations seeking to create more inclusive environments in which multicultural perspectives can thrive and advance.”
All proceeds from the book's sale fund the Foundation’s charitable efforts to advance diversity and inclusion within the communications field, which includes mentoring and professional development programs as well as providing career opportunities to promising students from diverse backgrounds.
The initiative is supported by PRSA, The PR Council, The Institute for Public Relations, The LAGRANT Foundation, Page and The Conference Board’s Society for New Communications Research, among others.
The PRSA Foundation plans to initiate a series of “Diverse Voices” talks at colleges and universities throughout 2019, where some of the book’s featured participants will appear as speakers.
An upcoming book launch has been scheduled for December 4. Those interested in buying a copy of “Diverse Voices” or RSVPing to the Dec. event can go here.