Events Planned for DEI Month in October

Aligning with PRSA National and other organizations around the globe, October is DEI Month for PRSA Richmond. The DEI Committee is spearheading the month-long plan, integrating our sponsors, Board members, collaborative partners, and several other PRSA chapters into programming and celebrations.  We’re excited to transform rich conversations and connections into meaningful actions around inclusion, equity, diversity and belonging.

Oct. 5: You Belong Here: How RVA Companies are Creating and Communicating About DEI Programs
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We know diversity, equity and inclusion programs aren’t just the right thing to do, they make business sense. Prioritizing DEI can lead to greater financial performance, retention and employee satisfaction. How do we create, sustain and continue to expand impactful DEI programs? And what does it mean for communications?

Join PRSA Richmond for a panel discussion featuring local leaders highlighting the importance of DEI programs through a communications lens.

Thanks to our sponsors Padilla, The Hodges Partnership, Dominion Energy, VCU’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, and Carmax for organizing this event!

Oct. 12: Mix it up with the future of PR!
VCU Commons, 5 to 7 p.m.
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Gather for food and fun with early-career professionals making an impact and soon-to-be PR professionals! In collaboration with PRSARVA Young Professionals and PRSSA at VCU, this event promises to be more than networking. All members are encouraged to come for informal discussion highlighting the opportunities and challenges of emerging PR practitioners seeking a high level of inclusivity and sense of belonging in the PR field.

Special guest will be Briana Williams, owner of LipLoveLine; a black-owned, inclusive and ingredient conscious beauty brand. Briana will share her journey as a communications professional and a BIPOC business owner.

Oct. 19: PRSA Mid-Atlantic & Southeast District Professional Development Conference
Virtual: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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During this collaborative virtual conference, you’ll hear from a dynamic keynote speaker, attend informative breakout sessions on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility topics, as well as network with chapter members from both districts. This event is free and open to chapter members in both Districts. Registration information and details will be available soon.

Oct. 27: PRSA Richmond Luncheon, featuring Tomika L. Ferguson, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education
Westwood Club, 12:00-1-30pm
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Dr. Ferguson will focus on how we can transition to a more active phase of inclusion and equity, both internally within organizations and externally as communicators.

We have elevated DEI as a central value in our organization all year long. October’s events provide each of us a tangible way to show up, expand our knowledge, and put our values into practice.