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National Black Public Relations Society holds 2015 Power PR Summit Oct. 30 in D.C.

(October 25, 2015) The National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) Inc. is honoring leaders in PR excellence as a part of its 2015 #PowerPR Summit, which convenes Friday, October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Network Awards Luncheon honoring professionals exhibiting excellence in the industry advancing diversity and empowering our communities will take place 12 p.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, October 30 at the Dupont Circle Hotel Glover Park, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

The luncheon is open to the public. Admission to the Friday luncheon is $55 per person. Visit for more details. 

“We’re proud to honor such powerhouses,” said NBPRS President Richelle Payne. “Each of these winners embodies the spirit of this organization. They have -- and continue -- to push for change, and reflect the tone of this year’s PowerPR Summit where we’re convening the best minds and movements to bring about dynamic and lasting change to the industry.”

The 2015 Network Awards Luncheon honorees include:

- The Pat Tobin Lifetime Achievement Award: Julia Wilson, CEO and Founder, Wilson Communications
- Mover & Shaker Award:
- Janaye Ingram, National Executive Director, National Action Network
- Zing Shaw, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks
- J. Ivy, Grammy Award Winning Poet & Speaker, Dear Father Letters Campaign
- Ofield Dukes Educators Award: Alysia Burton Steele, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer and Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi

NBPRS, Inc., the foremost organization for image-makers and brand strategists, is holding this one-day, invitation-only summit, as an off-the-record discussion to help set the direction for the future state of the organization -- and the industry.

Representatives from major corporations, organizations and agencies, including Coca-Cola, Golin, Atlanta Hawks, Safeway, Walmart, Mitchell Communications Group, Edelman and the PR Council, will participate in strategic roundtable discussions. They, along with NBPRS board members, will discuss and develop specific actionable solutions to help increase diversity, focusing on mid-career practitioners across the industry and agencies. They also will look to create strategies to strengthen competencies and increase opportunities for black-owned businesses.

Sponsors for this year’s Summit are: Coca-Cola, Golin, Mitchell Communications, Edelman, Safeway, the Atlanta Hawks, Brotman Winter Fried, The PR Council, and Clarke and Associates.

Since its founding in 1998, the National Black Public Relations Society, Inc. has served as an advocate for black professionals in the 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, non-profit, and private practice. For more information, visit  Follow us on Twitter @nbprs.


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