Museum of Public Relations slates free virtual event on June 2 that will examine the issues facing LGBTQ communicators and reporters. "LGBTQ Rights on the Line: The Role of Communicators Advocating for Equality" will present a series of speakers and panels with people from advocacy groups, agencies and corporations along with journalists and advocates. The event's emcee and moderator will be RENEWPR president Ben Finzel, and PAN Communications president and founder Phil Nardone will provide a wrap-up at the close of the program. CNN, GLAAD, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Vested and Warner Bros. Discover are among the organizations that will be represented. To register for the 6 p.m. event, click here.
Public Relations Society of America's New York chapter will hold its second annual summit dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in public relations on June 15 and 16. The virtual event, "Driving DEI Forward in PR Campaigns, Workplaces, and Beyond," will open with a session featuring communications industry CEOs discussing approaches to DEI in the industry today. Participants are set to include M Booth CEO Dale Bornstein, Ketchum CEO Mike Doyle and Lippe Taylor CEO Paul Dyer. Other topics to be discussed at the summit include attracting diverse talent, reaching Gen Z and Gen Alpha consumers and employees, rethinking "professionalism," and unconscious bias training. Registration for the summit is free for current PRSA-NY members and $85 for non-members. Group registrations for agencies and in-house teams are also available.
Propel is sponsoring a May 25 webinar that looks at how the connection between PR pros and journalists can be strengthened. In "Mending the PR-Journalist Relationship," Propel CEO Zach Cutler will discuss what's behind the disconnect between communicators and journalists with Garrett Public Relations founder and CEO Michelle Garrett and USA Today health reporter Karen Weintraub. Topics to be covered include the biggest media relations pain points for PR pros and journalists, what journalists look for in a story pitch and how media relations strategies can change for the better. The 12 p.m. discussion will include a question-and-answer session.