National Black Public Relations Society Honors PR Excellence on Friday, 10/30 at Its #PowerPR Summit in Washington, D.C.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) Inc. is honoring
leaders in PR excellence as a part of its 2015 #PowerPR Summit, which
convenes 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
  • Ofield Dukes Educators Award: Alysia Burton Steele, Pulitzer
    Prize Winning Photographer and Assistant Professor, University of

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.

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 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.


Neil Foote, NBPRS Public Relations Chair
Mobile: 214-448-3765