President’s Message – What Does Diversity & Inclusion Mean to You?

Over the past few years, the Public Relations Society of America has continued to focus on Diversity & Inclusion, investing in research and committee efforts to address concerns and improve opportunities for expanding our organization’s reach to a broader group of PR professionals.

Read more about Diversity & Inclusion in this month’s article from Pam Fultz, APR, Chair of the Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Community Relations Manager at Vi at Bentley Village.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the recent special GCC-PRSA member (and prospective member) celebration at Burntwood Tavern in Mercato. We celebrated with two GCC-PRSA Past-Presidents: Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR, President, The Mesnik Group, who received the Geri Evans Award for Distinguished Service from the PRSA Sunshine District and Donna Heiser, APR, CFRE, Chief Advancement and Communications Officer at Ave Maria Law School, who was recognized for 35 years as a member of PRSA.

With only two chapter programs left this year, I must regretfully accept that my year as president is winding down. GCC-PRSA is in very good hands, however, as Catherine Bergerson, director of PR and Marketing for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, steps in as president and Cindi Withorn, director of PR and Marketing for the Community Foundation of Collier County, has agreed to serve on our ballot as president-elect. They’ve also been able to recruit a number of new and energetic members to board positions for next year, which you will be voting on in early November.

I look forward to seeing you at the October 29 lunch program, featuring Brent Batten of the Naples Daily News, and the evening Holiday Social event on December 3, featuring former CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr and CNN’s first anchor, Denise LeClair Cobb.

Best wishes,
Julie Pedretti, FACHE, APR, President

President’s Message – What Does Diversity & Inclusion Mean to You?