PRSA had me at ‘hello’. As the first recipient of the Multicultural Diversity Scholarship awarded by the PRSA Chicago Chapter when I was an undergraduate, I knew that this organization SAW me. What they didn’t know, is that my receipt of that award allowed me to complete my undergraduate studies debt-free, land my first PR job BEFORE graduation, an employer that subsidized my MBA degree and led me to meet my husband, Jimmy (President of UJAMAA Construction, Inc. and builder of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago) and with whom I share two amazing sons. It also made me realize that PRSA believes as do I, that diversity and excellence are not mutually exclusive and that when supported is provided in form of a hand up and not a handout amazing things can happen for people of color—which for me means having an amazing PR life (including being a wife and mother). I had no choice but to pay it forward
I have done so professionally and personally for more than 20 years, where my combined experiences as a PR practitioner, Professor, Podcast Host, author, wife and mother, coalesce to form the woman I am today. In each of those capacities, I recognize the responsibility that I hold, particularly in these times, to create poignant, relevant, ethically-bound media pieces, as told from the perspective of a woman of color.