The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations

Free Virtual Event: On-Demand


Join us for the Museum’s second annual tribute to our industry’s LGBTQ community. Discussions will delve into the societal and workplace issues impacting the community today. Panel I will explore the historical milestones since the Stonewall protests 50 years ago: the impact of HIV/AIDS, the role played by the gay media, and the social activists who helped bring us to where we are today. Panel II will explore issues affecting the LGBTQ community at work: employment discrimination, family leave, ERGs and the continued challenges with inclusion and acceptance.


The Mission of the Diversity Action Alliance

Patrice Tanaka, Founder, Joyful Planet LLC; co-founder, Padilla, CRT/tanaka, and PT&Co.

Welcome Remarks

Del Galloway, Vice President, Communications, Wells Fargo


Cathy Renna, Communications Director, GLAAD, “Pride, Protests and the Role of PR.”


Jim Joseph, Global President, BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)


James LaForce, President, LaForce
Scott Horne, Director, Corporate Communications, KPMG US
Cindi Creager, Principal, CreagerCole Communications LLC
Kipp Jarecke-Cheng, Chief Communications Officer, Publicis Health
Troy Blackwell, Jr., National Director, Press Advance; Obama White House Alum; Board Member, BPRS-NY and PRSA Tri State
Michael McCoy, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Communications Manager, Wells Fargo
Camille DeSantis, BS, MT (ASCP), Certified Net Promoter, Associate Executive Vice President, Group Head, Corporate & Biotech, Edelman
Rainie Cole, Co-Owner & Principal, CreagerCole Communications
Kate Peach, Manager of Account Services, Finn Partners
Kaz Mitchell-Wimberly, Executive Director, Circle of Voices Inc.
Robert Conner, Chair, Volunteer Engagement, Human Rights Campaign Philadelphia


The “LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations” event is brought to you in partnership with the Diversity Action Alliance and PRCA.


Thanks to Our Sponsors

The LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations 2020” is sponsored in part by: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Advertising and Public Relations at University of GeorgiaHunter:NGO Wire, News DirectOnstream/Tokbird, OnePitch, the Arthur W. Page Society, the PR Council, Renee Edelman, AMEC and