The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS) has announced its new leadership team, which will serve a two-year term starting this month. The new president, Darisha K. Miller, is the director of media relations for Ross Associates Inc. Miller has served as PBPRS vice-president for the past two years, along with the Immediate Past President Shalimar Blakely. Blakely, president of A Peace of PR, will now serve as chairperson of the PBPRS Advisory board.
“It was important for us to put together a team that could continue to move PBPRS in the right direction,” said Blakely. “The organization is now in a great position that will allow us to focus on building a strong and active membership base.”
Miller has appointed Vincent Thompson, principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications, to serve as PBPRS vice president. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Merck Arts Education Center and Gallery was the site of the PBPRS annual membership celebration on Tuesday evening for about 40 guests.
“We should be proud that an innovative, bold, energetic group of professionals have survived these challenging times. It definitely hasn’t been easy,” noted Miller. PBPRS, which has recently entered into a partnership with the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), provides PR professionals with a venue for professional support and development. Miller pledged the organization’s continued support of young up-and-coming PR professionals.
Founded in 2001, PBPRS is also making an effort to include more men in the group, and views the induction of Thompson as an extension of their campaign to equalize the gender discrepancy. “I’m a role model for other African Americans who need to see someone like me,” said Thompson. “The second thing is I uphold the legacy of African Americans who have done this before me, so that I can do what I do.”
During the ceremony, PBPRS bestowed it’s first-ever President Awards to radio personality Patty Jackson, newsman/activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, outgoing Channel 10 news director Chris Blackman and PR specialist David Brown.
“If I could leave you with one thing: I think the thing that has sustained me is having a good attitude,” said Jackson, who is celebrating her 30th radio anniversary. “I’ve seen them come, I’ve seen them go — you got to have a good attitude and you’ve got to love what you do.”
Mondesire recalled his legacy as one of the original founders of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalist (PABJ), who now owns the Philadelphia Sun newspaper, and is president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP.
“As a founder of PABJ in the ’70s, I know the benefit that comes from African Americans working in concert,” remarked Mondesire. “So, as the head of the oldest civil rights organization — 103 years old this summer — I’ve seen it. What we have to do is manage that relationship.”
For more information about the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS), visit www.pbprs.com.