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National Black Public Relations Society host the 2016 Network Awards Luncheon

The National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) Inc. is honoring leaders in PR excellence as a part of its 2016 #PowerPR Playing to Win! National Conference, which convenes in Chicago on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28 at the Aon Center, Mid-America Club located at 200 E. Randolph Drive, 80th Floor.

On Thursday, October 27 professional image-makers, communications specialist, newsmakers and the nation’s top PR strategist will gather for various panel discussions to share their winning playbooks that have taken them beyond just navigating the day-to-day challenges to turning up the power to win at every turn.

On Friday, October 28, 2016 the NBPRS will honor its 2016 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mover & Shaker Award and Educators Award, during their 2016 Network Awards Luncheon. Each award recipient has exemplified PR excellence in the industry by advancing diversity and empowering our communities. The featured keynote speaker for the award luncheon is April D. Ryan, veteran White House Correspondent and author of The Presidency and Race in America.

“I am so proud to announce the winners of this year’s awards,” said NBPRS President Neil Foote. “These individuals represent so many of the values that this organization stands for. They are passionate and dedicated. They are inspiring. They are true role models for everyone.”

The 2016 Network Awards Luncheon honorees include:

· The Pat Tobin Lifetime Achievement Award:

o Pat Harris, global chief diversity officer and vice president of global community engagement, McDonald’s Corporation

· Mover & Shaker Award:

o Angela Ingram, Senior Vice President, Communications, Chicago Region, IHeartMedia Markets Group

o Merry Green, President of MGPG Events, Inc. and the Creator & Founder of “The Black Women’s Expo”

o Diane Latiker, Founder/President, Kids Off The Block

· Ofield Dukes Educators Award:

o David Brown, assistant professor, Temple University and faculty adviser, NBPRS student campus

The conference provides learning and engagement for all levels. Whether attendees are entering their first job, transitioning from another profession, or a mid- or senior-level communicator, the conference is designed to provide insights, skills and networking opportunities to take attendees to the next level.

“Our conference this year is focused on using the power of effective communication to address the host of crisis and critical issues facing our nation. We define PR as people & relationships, power & resources. We will caucus over solutions & recognize some of the most talented individuals in the industry,” said Wynona Redmond, NBPRS President Emeritus.

As an added benefit, the resumes and bios of all attendees will be collected and given to the attending recruiters. Attendees can engage with recruiters for one-on-one conversations, based on their level and interests—in small group settings.

“Chicago has a robust community of public relations professionals. The NBPRS annual luncheon is the perfect opportunity for PR professionals from around the world to showcase and share their best achievements in the industry,” said Roshada Hall, NBPRS Chicago Chapter President.

The luncheon is open to the public. Admission to the Friday luncheon is $65 per person. There are a limited number of reserved VIP seats available for $125 and Sponsor tables are available for $1,250. Tickets and company sponsored tables can be purchased at Don’t delay…reserve your seat today.


About the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc.

Since its founding in 1998, the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. has served as an advocate for black professionals in public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. Run by professionals for professionals, NBPRS addresses the diverse needs of its members through programs and partnerships that provide cultural and competitive advantages. NBPRS has chapters in the major media markets and offers peer-to-peer support, mentorship, networking, job opportunities, internships, and career advancement strategies for professionals engaged in corporate, government, agency, nonprofit, and private practice. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

303 E. Wacker Conference Center

303 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 210

Chicago, IL 60601

8:30 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

· Neil Foote, NBPRS President, President, Foote Communications

· Wynona Redmond, NBPRS President Emeritus, President, Wyn-Win Communications

· Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Session

Police and PR: Empowering Police, Community Relations and Communications

Now more than ever, we need to focus of on strategies that support the efficient use of community, business and policing partnerships to engage problem-solving techniques to proactively address the issues of crime prevention and increase public safety. This Power Workshop will share information and guidelines on how to engage all stakeholders in this important social intervention.

MODERATOR: Dwayne Bryant, Founder & CEO, Inner Vision International, Inc., Author, TV Personality


· Brian D. Burden, Pennsylvania State Trooper (Ret.) and Instructor, One on One: Connecting Cops & Kids Fred Rogers Foundation Project

· Diane Latiker, Founder, Kids Off the Block & Community Activist

· Lori E. Lightfoot, Esq., Partner, Mayer Brown LLP and President Chicago Police Board

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session

Small Business and African American Contractors

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. How to promote their success through political advocacy, support services and educational programs will be the focus of this Power Workshop. We will look at ways to measure how advocacy, diversity, contracting and arbitration have the ability to improve and innovate the small business entrepreneur.

MODERTOR: Jamal Jackson, CEO/Managing Attorney, Jackson Corporate Law Offices


· John Edelman, Global Citizenship, Edelman PR

· Greg Hinton, Chief Diversity Officer of the Democratic National Committee

· Larry D. Ivory, President & CEO, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

· Ken Smikle, President & Founder, Target Market News

· Charmaine Rickette, President & CEO of Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. BREAK


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Power of Presidential PR

The integration of high impact public relations offers strategic and interactive communication options for serving the media, politicians and the constituents they serve. This Power Workshop will concentrate on how information spreads and influences politics, policy makers, the news media and the body politic.

MODERATOR: Jerry Thomas, Founder & President, Jerry Thomas PR


· Delmarie Cobb, Veteran Media & Political Consultant, Owner, The Publicity Works

· Corey Ealons, Partner, Vox Global, Formerly Obama White House

· Shari Runner, CEO & President, Chicago Urban League

Social Media Strategies for Community Groups and Nonprofits

The future is strong for community groups and nonprofits that use creative content on multiple technology platforms for advancing and their message and keeping their cause at the top of newsfeeds. Social media allows these organizations to reach stakeholders without tapping into a limited budget and resources. This Power Workshop will provide organizations with strategic ideas to engage target audiences and stakeholders on multiple platforms simultaneously.

MODERATOR: Pam Perry, PR Coach


· Jackie Lalley, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

· Brian Packer, Flowers Communications

· Jessica Pipkins, PRchitect Principal, Consultant, Pipkins Communications

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