PRSA-LA Board Member Shawn Smith recently joined The Walt Disney Company’s corporate communications team as senior manager of diversity and inclusion communications. In this newly created role, she will work across the enterprise developing communications strategies that champion Disney’s commitment to diversity while engaging employees, stakeholders and the global community through a variety of internal and external communications channels.
Previously, Shawn served as senior manager of communications with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), creating innovative campaigns for DCPI’s $52+ billion licensing business. She began her career as a journalist before transitioning into public relations, and spent more than six years representing an array of clients at leading PR agencies including Tobin & Associates, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS and Rogers & Cowan.
In 2011, Shawn was named one of PR Week’s “40 under 40 Ones to Watch.” She also led the 2013 re-launch of the Black Public Relations Society Los Angeles chapter (BPRS-LA), and served as the chapter’s president for four years.