DETROIT: Hoping to garner more recognition - not to mention job opportunities - for black PR pros, the National Black Public Relations Society (BPRS) will hold its first annual conference starting this Thursday in Detroit.
DETROIT: Hoping to garner more recognition - not to mention job
opportunities - for black PR pros, the National Black Public Relations
Society (BPRS) will hold its first annual conference starting this
Thursday in Detroit.
The society, a loose confederation of black PR organizations in cities
such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Washington, DC, has been in
existence since the mid-1980s. As many as 500 African-American PR pros
are expected to attend.
Randye Bullock, senior PR manager at Don Coleman Advertising and BPRS VP
of membership and corporate outreach, said the meeting will serve as a
springboard for increased communication and networking. ’What we’re
trying to do is bring people together,’ she said. ’It’s time to show the
profession that there is no shortage of skilled black PR pros
Only four firms have agreed to take part in a job fair at the event -
Golin/Harris is one, and the names of the others were unavailable - but
Bullock hopes the meeting will grow into a major recruiting
She added that the society has picked sites for annual meetings through
’We’re going to make a difference,’ said Pat Tobin, BPRS president and
Tobin & Associates chief. ’When it comes to making the money, the
serious dollars, there are not enough African-American agencies in the
Tobin contended that while many firms have started diversity practices,
blacks still run into glass ceilings when it comes to advancement in the
profession. ’We’re not making the millions and millions of dollars you
read about. We’re getting crumbs off the table.’
Bullock said that African-American PR pros are often pigeonholed into
doing work that relates only to minority concerns, rather than being
given the chance to take on more across-the-board responsibility.
’African-American PR people only get to work within the African-American
PR market,’ she said.
The conference will cover basic PR topics and specialty areas, and will
feature sessions on black-related topics.