The Museum of Public Relations is presenting a discussion of the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion on Oct. 27. “Silence Is Not an Option: Allyship, Advocacy and Anti-Racism” will address how organizations can create a sense of belonging in the workplace for all employees and will emphasize a call to action for individual accountability and commitment to DEI across all levels of an organization. Topics that will be part of the discussion include: strategies for engaging in difficult conversations, factors to consider when well-intentioned DEI programs miss the mark, and types of inclusive behaviors and actions employees should take to cultivate an environment of psychological safety and belonging. Moderated by City College of New York professor emerita Lynn Appelbaum, the event will also feature keynote speakers Aurora Archer and Kelly Croce Song, co-founders of The Opt-In, a podcast centered around diversity-related issues. Registration for the free 6 p.m. virtual event is open now.
New York Women in Communications is holding the 2021 Matrix Awards ceremony as a virtual event on Oct. 18 at noon. The 51st annual celebration will recognize a group of industry leaders who have broken down barriers for other women. The honorees will include Weber Shandwick executive vice president, global diversity, equity & inclusion Judith Harrison; actor Akwafina; New York Times Washington correspondent Maggie Haberman; and Yamiche Alcindor, host of PBS’s Washington Week and White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Attendees may register for the event here, or register along with making a donation to the organization here.
Pure Earth, an international non-profit organization focused on fighting disease-causing pollution and cleaning up toxic hot spots, presented its 2021 Impact Award to TogoRun president, CEO and owner Gloria “Glo” Janata at the organization’s Night of Hope Healing on Broadway Benefit on Oct. 4. The award is given each year to individuals who have supported Pure Earth's goals to reduce pollution, save lives and protect the planet, as well as contributing to the overall health and well-being of the global community. Janata has served as a Pure Earth board member since 2017, providing strategic support on matters of global public health, advocacy, fundraising, and media relations.