Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership
40 Multicultural Corporate and PR Agency Leaders Share Inspiring Paths to Success in New Book from PRSA Foundation. Replay of Live Broadcast.
The PRSA Foundation has launched a first-of-its-kind diversity initiative designed to empower minorities in all stages of their careers, while also educating employers on ways to support their growth. Three of the diverse leaders featured in the book: Helen C Shelton Senior Partner Finn Partners, Judith Harrison Senior VP Diversity & Inclusion Weber Shandwick and Drew McCaskill Senior Vice President Global Communications & Multicultural Marketing Nielsen spoke to Doug Simon, CEO at D S Simon Media during this Social Media LIVE™ broadcast. They took a deep dive on issues related to the panelists success, overcoming prejudice in the workplace, handling micro aggressions and provided guidance for advancing your career in PR as a multicultural employee and attracting and retaining top multicultural talent in an organization.
From Douglas Simon, D S Simon Media
One of the things I tell my employees at D S Simon Media is to look at who’s the person who can have the most positive impact on your career here. That’s probably a good person to think about having as a mentor.”
From Andrew McCaskill, Nielson
Sometimes racism is more like bias. We see young people of color languishing in positions in the middle where they just can’t get over the hump and they don’t have champions inside the organization. They’ll get interesting feedback in reviews like he’s not polished or not client ready.
From Judith, Weber Shandwick
I define diversity in a very broad way and then I also think about it in terms of what we need in this industry. Broadly, diversity is who we are, it is all the attributes that go into making us interact with people the way we do. It is race, its gender, its religion, its socioeconomic background, its education, it is where you live and it is age. It is all sorts of things. In this industry we’ve talked about diversity of thought. I believe that diversity of thought comes from diversity of people. If we get the right diversity of people we’re going to have tons of diversity of thought.
From Helen C. Shelton, Finn Partners
If anybody is watching this, maybe it’s a young person, and you’re feeling like I can’t do this, or they don’t like me at my job or I don’t feel confident. I say draw on yourself, draw on what you know, draw on your ancestors and their experiences. Look at others and look at the book get some inspiration because nobody is going to make it easy. Nobody’s going to promote diversity, you’ve got to do it.