Public Relations Society of America/New York announces Andrew Graham, Clear founding partner, will serve as 2021 president. KWT founder and Prophet founder and CEO Aaron Kwittken is named president-elect. Internova Travel Group PR manager Kellie Jelencovich will take on the role of immediate past president. The chapter has also expanded the board, creating three new roles to support its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts. GLAAD CCO Richard Ferraro will serve as VP (diversity & inclusion); Lippe Taylor VP, media Rashidah Timothy will be senior director (diversity & inclusion); and PAN Communications VP & GM/New York Brandon Thomas will be associate director (diversity & inclusion).
ASTRSK PR is awarding a full year of free PR services to a BIPOC, woman and/or LGBTQ+ founded startup. The firm says the contest is intended to address a situation in which less than 10 percent of all venture capital deals go to initiatives with founders who are women, people of color or LBGTQ+. The winner of the contest receives a one-year contract with ASTRSK, valued at over $200,000. To be considered, startups must have at least one female, LGBTQ+ or minority founder, be consumer-facing (no B2B startups) and early-stage (no more than $1.5 million in funding). Applications will be accepted through Nov. 27, with five top finalists selected by Dec. 4 and a winner named on Dec. 17. To find out more, or apply, click here.
San Diego-based marketing agency Power Digital has acquired DataQ, a customer activation and targeting technology tool. DataQ employs proprietary algorithms and advanced extract, transform and load technology to help companies increase purchase frequency, reduce customer churn and find customers similar to their most valuable clientele. “With the incorporation of DataQ, we can offer game-changing intelligence, making our approach that much more data-driven,” says Power Digital CEO Grayson Lafrenz. This marks the second acquisition of the year for Power Digital, which acquired Covet PR in August.