Kim Hunter, president and CEO, The Lagrant Foundation: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 37

Kim Hunter is a powerful force driving much-needed change in the PR profession, especially in diversity and inclusion. As The Lagrant Foundation, which Kim is CEO of, prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, his influence extends well beyond the tangible accomplishments of TLF and of Lagrant Communications, his LA-based agency.

The foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarships to more than 400 ethnic minority students. Those numbers, as impressive as they are, understate the full impact. Kim works tirelessly with executives to create internship opportunities and permanent positions for the scholarship recipients and for many others.

He also serves as a relentless advocate for more diversity hires at mid- and senior levels.

Kim continues to be universally admired as a successful entrepreneur and thought leader. Just based on his business success and influence, he would be worthy of this Power List.

But he has always been about more than day-to-day business, and his legacy will endure for years to come, as the upper echelon of our business increasingly includes diverse professionals who owe at least some of their success to this visionary leader.

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