June Chapter Program with Felicia Blow

When: 6/8/2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us to learn more about how diversity, equity and inclusion represents an opportunity for communicators to influence companies and organizations
Special guest speaker: Dr. Felicia Blow, APR and current PRSA Chair

Dr. Felicia Blow, APR will join us in a special event to share her thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion. Communicators and public relations professionals lift societies and improve democracies through their engagement, words, and actions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) all represent an opportunity for profound influence by these professionals. This session will provide insights on the important role that communicators and public relations professionals have and must continually leverage to enhance DEI engagement and understanding.

Dr. Felicia Blow, APR, is an award-winning leader with extensive organizational, fundraising, strategic planning, leadership and management experience. With a 30-year career spanning work in manufacturing (Caterpillar, Inc.); waste management and environmental services (Southeastern Public Service Authority); telecommunications (Cox Communications); and higher education (Paul D. Camp and Tidewater Community Colleges), Dr. Blow currently serves as Associate Vice President for Development at the renowned historically black institution Hampton University.

At Hampton, Dr. Blow led the university's $150 Million Dream No Small Dreams II Campaign as its campaign director. That campaign concluded in December 2019 and ultimately exceeded its goal, raising more than $166 million in support of university priorities. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Blow has been featured in the book "Diverse Voices," published by the PRSA Foundation in 2018. She has also been featured in "PR Women with Influence: Breaking through the Ethical and Leadership Challenges" by authors Juan Meng and Marlene S. Neill, published in late 2020.
Dr. Blow has taken on several leadership roles within PRSA over the years. Prior to serving as chair, she served as chair-elect in 2021 and senior counsel to the 2018 and 2019 PRSA Board of Directors. From 2013-2014, Dr. Blow served as a PRSA Board of Directors member representing the Mid-Atlantic District.
Beginning in 2019, Dr. Blow led a nearly year-long strategic planning effort that concluded in the establishment of PRSA's first three-year strategic plan for Diversity & Inclusion, serving as co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2020. Dr. Blow formerly served as chair of the Universal Accreditation Board, during which she worked to approve and initiate the APR+M credential, which positions PRSA with military organizations. In 2000, she was president of the PRSA Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter, the first African American female to be elected to that role.
Dr. Blow is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and numerous other business, economic development, and community service organizations. She earned her bachelor's degree in mass media arts from Hampton University; her master's in business administration from Strayer University; and her doctorate in higher education administration from Old Dominion University. In 2012, Strayer University named Dr. Blow its Outstanding Alumna of the Year.

List of Attendees

First Name Last Name Company Type Guest of
Brandi Barron Johnson C Smith University Student
Sherri Belfield Johnson C. Smith University Member
Shawna Berger Duke Energy Member
karen brand Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Member
Stacy Bryant Duke Energy Member
Teddy Burgis Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Guest karen brand
John Clemons Self-employed and University of North Carolina Charlotte Member
Danielle Doolen Sonic Automotive, Inc. Member
Phyllis Fair Booz Allen Hamilton Member
Jessica Graham Fionix Consulting LLC Member
Pam Granzin SCOR Member
Jerri Haigler Charlotte Rescue Mission Member
Tina Helms INSP, LLC Member
Dean Kruckeberg UNC Charlotte Member
Loán Lake Moishe House Member
Rena Lewis Signature Intentions LLC Member
Karen Lindsey, PhD Elon University Member
Jennifer M Gammage Premier, Inc. Member
Judith Malveaux-Ellerbe Dell Member
Caitlin Mauk UNC Charlotte Member
Meghan Miles Duke Energy Member
Cheron Porter Inlivian: Housing Redefined Member
Renee Rallos WFAE 90.7 FM Member
Rachel Roe Wells Fargo Member
Ashley Roseborough Moore & Van Allen Member
Caitlin Ryan AvidXchange Member
Sarah Ann Schultz Charlotte Rescue Mission Guest Jerri Haigler
Cynthia Shah-Khan Retail Business Services Member
Julie Smith ECS Carolinas, LLP Member
Ann Stawski Passport Member
Philip Tate Philip Tate Strategic Communications, LLC Member
Erica Van Ross HP Inc. Member
Jenni Walker Walker PR Group Member
Brian West Spiracle Media Guest
Kathy Wholley Domtar, Inc. Member

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