The Plank Center to Host Free Webinar on the Hidden Figures in PR

When you think of the pioneers of the public relations profession who comes to mind? The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations will host a free webinar on Thursday, May 4, titled “Hidden Figures in PR: Putting a Long-Overdue Spotlight on African-American PR Pioneers,” starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

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. Students, educators and practitioners will discover the “Hidden Figures in PR.”

The webinar will provide deeper insight and understanding of the history of our profession. Led by industry professionals:

  • Denise Hill, assistant professor, Elon University
  • Alicia Thompson, managing director, Porter Novelli

And introduced by Jada Culver, Public Relations Student Society of America president, The University of Alabama.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit

About the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations

In 2005, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees established The Plank Center, named for public relations leader and UA alumna, the late Betsy Plank, to develop and recognize outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society through a variety of programs, and in concert with groups and associations.

More information about The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations can be found at