For Immediate Release
November 05, 2014
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Neil Foote
NBPRS Public Relations Chair

(BPRW) National Black Public Relations Society Honors PR Excellence on Friday at Its Annual Convention in Fort Lauderdale

(BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES, November 5, 2014 – The National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) honors PR excellence as a part of the 2014 NBPRS Conference and Career Fair, which convenes Nov. 6 - 8 at the Sonesta Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“With the theme, “PowerPR: Equip! Adapt! Conquer!,” this year’s conference draws PR practitioners from around the country for professional development training, networking opportunities and celebrating success stories,” said NBPRS President Richelle Payne. “The luncheon is a time to celebrate the vision of our founders and honor our 16 years as an organization.”

On Friday, Nov. 7, Founders Business Luncheon honorees include:

• The Pat Tobin Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernadette Morris, Black PR Wire Inc.

• Mover & Shaker Award: Donna Renella, ABW Solutions

• Ofield Dukes Educators Award: Dr. Clarke Caywood, Northwestern University

• Chapter of the Year: South Florida, Matthew Beatty, President

The conference features a host of dynamic speakers who will provide participants tips on strategy and hands-on tactics to become more successful public relations professionals. A pre-conference session on speed networking, sponsored by Coca-Cola, that’s free and open to the public will feature presentations by Wynona Redmond, Wyn-Win Communications; Stephanie Bromfield, Stephanie Bromfield & Associates; Trenae Floyd, Von Enterprises International; Suzan McDowell, Circle of One Marketing, Inc. and Jerry Thomas, Jerry Thomas Public Relations. 

Another session will feature a discussion on insights from major brands, including Deisha Barnett, Walmart; Michael Bolden, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation; Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins and Shawn Turner, Disney. Dr. Phillip M. Randall, managing partner, The Thorndyke Group, is offering a master class, “The Key to the C-Suite: How to Get to & Stay at the Top.” In a series of TEDTalk-like seminars, the PowerPR Talks offer expert advice on such topics as job interviews, career consciousness, succeeding the first 90 days of a new job and managing your personal brand. C. Denise Hendricks, a veteran broadcast executive, will deliver an inspiring keynote to close out the conference on Saturday.

Sponsors for this year’s conference are Edelman, MSL Group, Fleishman-Hillard, Mitchell Communications Group, Walmart, Coca-Cola and Safeway.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday luncheons are each $55. Visit for more details.

About the National Black Public Relations Society

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.