Diversity & Inclusion for Communicators
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- Research: What the surprising stats say about the state of D&I in communications
- Strategy: The anatomy of a successful D&I communications strategy
- Tactics: Essential steps to take before incorporating inclusive language
- Lexicon: Examples of language, phrases, terms that are inappropriate
- Messaging: Executive, HR, internal and brand messaging that works around D&I
- Legal: What your team must know to protect your organization—plus how legal, communications and HR can work together to boost D&I success
Aerial Ellis, Ed.D. is a consultant with Advisory 83 and a professor in public relations at Lipscomb University. She's a gifted strategist sought after for her ability to transform culture, improve diversity, enhance communication, navigate change, build community and drive innovation. As a trainer and speaker, she's in demand with audiences facing intergenerational and multicultural challenges, navigating differences and leveraging racial/ethnic identity as cultural capital. She's author of "The Original Millennial" and serves as a board member for PRSA and a trustee for the PRSA Foundation. She's also co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network.
Dr. Natalie T.J. Tindall is past chair PRSA's diversity committee and current chair in the department of communications and media at Lamar University. Her research focuses on diversity in organizations, specifically the public relations function, and the situational theory of publics and intersectionality. She has authored book chapters and online publications along with peer-reviewed journal articles published in Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, Prism and the International Journal of Strategic Communication. She owns Rock Paper Scissors Consulting and runs The Tenured Entrepreneur blog.
Deborah Hyman is the assistant vice president of global communications at MetLife. She's an award-winning strategic corporate communications executive with a master's degree in public communication and more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale global communications programs for Fortune 50 companies. She has driven employee engagement for more than 65,000 employees in 75 countries and has served on multiple teams to address corporate issues and drive strategic change programs. She's the past president for the National Black Public Relations Society and was recently recognized as one of South Florida's Most Powerful & Influential Black Leaders.
Candace Anderson is vice president, human resources for local media at The E.W. Scripps Company, where she oversees human resources strategy and execution. She has held a number of human resources executive roles at Scripps, most recently leading acquisition-related HR integration for the media company, which has completed two major spinoffs and six major acquisitions since 2008. She determines cultural direction and facilitates its adoption and sets company strategy for employee attraction, retention, learning and development. She has conceptualized and led implementation of strategic talent development programs for Scripps, including executive leadership development and high potential talent growth focused on design thinking. She joined Scripps as human resources manager at KNXV-TV in Phoenix in 2000.
Wendy Stryker is co-chair of the Employment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz P.C. She focuses on employment law issues for creative industries and modern workplaces. Listed in Super Lawyers in the Employment and Labor category for four consecutive years, she has presented on "Employment Law Issues in the Virtual Workplace" at the 2017 national South-by-Southwest conference, and "#You'reFired@Work: Social Media & Employment Law" at the 2016 South-by-Southwest conference, among others. She's a member of the board of directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union and is a member of the New York City Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Media Law Resource Center Employment Law Committee.