You Belong Here: How RVA Organizations are Creating and Communicating About DEI Programs

10/05/2022 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM ET


Common House – Union Hall South
303 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220


We know diversity, equity and inclusion programs aren’t just the right thing to do, they make business sense. Prioritizing DEI can lead to greater financial performance, retention and employee satisfaction. How do we create, sustain and continue to expand impactful DEI programs? And what does it mean for communications?

Join PRSA Richmond as it kicks off DEI Month with a panel discussion featuring local leaders highlighting the importance of DEI programs through a communications lens.


Panelists will focus on:


- What do effective DEI programs look like?

- How to start DEI initiatives at an organization and get buy-in from senior leadership.

- How DEI programs support recruitment, retention and mentoring

- How small and large organizations from different sectors are approaching DEI

- DEI metrics organizations are paying attention to

- How DEI is evolving by including belonging and accessibility

- Communicating about DEI programs internally and externally


Panelists include:


Patrice Hagan, MS, MBA, APR

Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Employee and Organizational Strategy

Virginia Department of Social Services


Hannah Robinson

Account Executive

The Hodges Partnership


Jeffery L. Wilson, PhD

Associate Dean, The Graduate School

Associate Professor, Higher Education

School of Education

Virginia Commonwealth University


Venessa Woodson

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager

Dominion Energy

The event is organized by PRSA Richmond sponsors The Hodges Partnership, Padilla, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU, Dominion Energy and CarMax.


Students: Free

Members: $5

Non-Members: $10

Ticket fees will be donated to the Richmond PR Foundation’s Jeff Wilson, APR Scholarship of Excellence.

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