Sena Pottackal, a graduate student of PR at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, will deliver a presentation at a Carnegie Hall forum tomorrow that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America today.
The event, titled “Critical Issues of the Modern Workforce Forum,” was organized by industry trade association the PR Council.
Pottackal, 30, suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disorder that left her legally blind at 16. Her presentation, “Badass Blind Girl Doing Good Through PR,” will focus on her personal journey and the importance of creating disability-inclusive workplaces.
Pottackal, who plans to complete her master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication in December, currently serves as a diversity and inclusion intern at NBC Universal.
She eventually hopes to start her own PR/communications agency and plans to use her skills in the industry to raise awareness and advocate for those with disabilities in the workplace.
Pottackal recently presented at the NYU United Arab Emirates Education Ambassador’s Program on how to create disability-inclusive learning environments. Last year, she completed the NYU Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship; served as the NYU student senator at-large for disabled students; and lobbied for disability rights on Capitol Hill with the National Federation of the Blind. She also won the 2018 American Association of People with Disabilities NBC Universal Media Scholarship and the 2019 New York Women in Communications Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship at Weber Shandwick.
Pottackal previously mentored blind youth and served as president of the student association at the Colorado Center for the Blind.
The PR Council forum will be held tomorrow, September 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Weill Music Room at Carnegie Hall (154 W. 57th Street) in New York.