President’s Message: August 2015

The recent shooting in my hometown of Houston, in which a sheriff’s deputy was targeted, shot and killed by a black suspect, is being investigated as racially motivated crime. Some have linked it to other incidents across the country involving unarmed black suspects killed by law enforcement officers. Racial bias is an important topic in…

President’s Message: July 2015

Like many in the public relations profession who spend a lot of time managing client crises, I have watched with great interest the myriad of difficult situations that have played out in the media lately and wondered to myself, “how will their PR person counsel them on this?” IKEA had to contend with the unfortunate…

President’s Message: June 2015

Reflecting on weeks of protest in our nation’s cities and last week’s landmark Supreme Court rulings, I’m reminded of the importance of public relations professionals and our role as advocates, leaders and message bearers who create and communicate change. Change depends on and invites robust public conversation, which we in our profession are uniquely qualified…

President’s Message: May 2015

It’s hard to believe that the dog days of summer are upon us, but 2015 is really flying by. For the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA, it’s a product of our first half of the year being chock full of events and activities. We held our first Annual Meeting of the Membership in conjunction with…

President’s Message: April 2015

Diversity and Inclusion has been a hot-button topic for some time – even the term itself is hotly debated. Diversity was the subject of this year’s Kenneth Owler Smith Symposium at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, and in a forum where the panel was comprised primarily of Baby Boomers and the audience primarily…

President’s Message: March 2015

Just ten short days ago, the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA hosted the 2015 Western District Conference, which drew a sell-out crowd for two days of outstanding programming, fun special events and unparalleled networking opportunities with some of our profession’s brightest stars. The event was a year in the making, organized by chapter board members…