November PRSA Luncheon - Diversity & Inclusion Panel

    November 14, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    University Club of Memphis
    1346 Central Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104

    Diversity & INclusion Panel

    Join us for our November PRSA luncheon as we recognize diversity and inclusion efforts in our chapter, community and industry.

    The panel will include Janas Jackson, Diversity & Affinity Group Advisor with FedEx Express; Sederia Gray, Communications Specialist, Global Media with FedEx Services; Elizabeth Cawein, founder of Signal Flow Public Relations, a boutique media firm dedicated to serving the Memphis music industry; and Richard Thompson, founder of Mediaverse, an online resource for local journalism.

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    Voting: 2020 Board of Directors Slate

    During this program, the PRSA Memphis Nominating Committee will present the proposed 2020 Board of Directors for member consideration. We need your attendance to vote on this slate. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for a committee, please contact 2019 PRSA Memphis President Rebecca Greer at [email protected] View full slate.

    Panel Bios:

    Janas L. Jackson is the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company. In this role, she manages national diversity and inclusion programs, diversity executive communications, multicultural sponsorships, and 10 employee resource groups. Her career accomplishments include serving as communications advisor and speechwriter to seven corporate CEOs. She has also served as communications liaison for FedEx operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a result of her accomplishments, Janas has twice been awarded FedEx’s highest honor – the FedEx Five Star Award, as well as the Global Communications Excellence Award. In addition, her background includes work as the Director of Corporate Communications for the Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division where she was responsible for media relations, internal communications and community relations initiatives. Janas has served as a writer for civil rights activist and actress, Yolanda King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King) and motivational speaker Les Brown. Her work with the King family also includes authoring speeches delivered at the groundbreaking of the King Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the re-entombment of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King at the King Center in Atlanta, Ga. As a freelance journalist, Janas’s writings have paid tribute to several National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award recipients including, The Dalai Lama, Vice President Al Gore, Rev. Rev. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Bill Frist, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Stevie Wonder, Eva Longoria, Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover, Earl Graves, Ava DuVernay, Julius Erving, B. B. King and other dignitaries. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications for her community efforts in the areas of diversity, youth development, education, and women’s issues. Her community involvement activities include the Links Incorporated – Shelby County, Tenn. Chapter; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis; University of Memphis Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences, and service as past Chairman of the Board of Volunteer Mid-South. She is a supporter of the Hattiloo Theatre and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Her educational background includes a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



    Sederia GraySederia Gray is currently serving on the Global Media Relations team at FedEx. In her position, she mines for FedEx stories related to technology, citizenship and diversity and inclusion. After completing a U.S. Congressional internship, she began her career as the Director of Public Affairs for her family-owned non-profit, Southern Foundation for Homeless Children, securing funding from technology companies including Google and Boeing. After receiving her MBA from Howard University, she began working for Boeing in the Supplier Management Division. For two years, she worked to build strong relationships between Boeing its suppliers in its two major divisions, Boeing Defense, Space, and Security and Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In 2015, she joined the Government Operations team where she served on the Chief of Staff’s team in Legislative Affairs. Sederia has a passion for helping create opportunity for children of color in STEM. In 2016, she began managing publicity and digital media for tech startups landing features in publications including GeekWire and Blavity. She supports social media for her clients at events including SXSW and AfroTech. She is graduate of The University of Mississippi where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.




    Elizabeth Cawein is a music advocate and strategist. She founded Signal Flow Public Relations, a boutique media firm dedicated to serving the Memphis music industry, in 2011. In 2014, she launched a not-for-profit initiative called Music Export Memphis, which leverages public and private support to function as an export office for Memphis music, creating opportunities for musicians and driving economic development through music and culture. In January of 2019 she joined strategic consultancy Sound Diplomacy to continue her work in music strategy and advocacy. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor of music urbanism at Rhodes College. In 2015 she was honored by the British Council at its inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards, celebrating outstanding U.S. alumni of British institutions. Elizabeth has moderated panels at SXSW and has presented showcases at Folk Alliance International, SXSW and AmericanaFest. She is dedicated to the belief that smart cities are music cities – her TED Talk on the subject has 1 million views and climbing.



    Richard Thompson is the founder/lead writer of Mediaverse, an online resource for local journalism since 2006. He has nearly 30 years of journalism experience as a business reporter and media observer. He is also a creative designer of books, websites, logos and other graphic arts. A longtime member and officer of the Memphis Association of Black Journalists, Thompson has been a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion to advance the methods of local reporting. A graduate of the University of Alabama and University of Memphis, he is married and has two daughters.






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