Hidden Figures in Public Relations: Putting a Long-Overdue Spotlight on African-American PR Pioneers


Who comes to mind when you think of the pioneers of the public relations profession? Our textbooks taught us the pioneers of our profession—Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays—but this webinar shines a light on those the textbooks missed, the “Hidden Figures in PR,” and provides deeper insight and understanding of the history of our profession.

Led by industry professionals: Denise Hill, Elon University, and Alicia Thompson, now at Edible Arrangments. Introduced by Jada Culver, Public Relations Student Society of America past-president, The University of Alabama.

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Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of the Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.