Procter & Gamble's Craig Buchholz and 
Citizen Relations' Daryl McCullough to Serve as TLF 21st
Anniversary Chair and Co-Chair in Cincinnati

Craig Buchholz (Left) and Daryl McCullough (Right)

LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2019) -  Procter & Gamble's Chief Communications Officer Craig Buchholz and Citizen Relations' Global Chairman and CEO Daryl McCullough will serve as the 2019 Host Committee Chair and Co-Chair for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)'s 21st Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in Cincinnati.
 
Buchholz and McCullough both possess more than 20 years of experience in the communications field across multiple disciplines. As Chief Communications Officer for P&G, Buchholz acts as a key advisor to the CEO and executive leadership for the global consumer goods company. Buchholz oversees all elements of communications, including: media relations, policy, financial, crisis management, employee and corporate citizenship.
 
In this role, McCullough has led Citizen's 18-year-long and increasingly expansive relationship with P&G globally. Under McCullough's leadership, the firm has been named "North American Midsize Agency of the Year," "Canadian Agency of the Year," and "Global Consumer Agency of the Year" by The Holmes Report.
 
"TLF is proud to welcome Craig Buchholz and Daryl McCullough as the 2019 Host Committee Chair and Co-Chair," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. "They both bring a high level of expertise and leadership to the 2019 Host Committee as we celebrate 21 years of diversifying the advertising, marketing and public relations fields."
 
To commemorate TLF's 21st Anniversary, scholarships totaling $150,000 will be awarded to 50 ethnic minority students from across the nation who are pursuing degrees and careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. The 2019 Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception will be held on Monday, May 20th hosted by Procter & Gamble. This will be the fourth time in the history of the Foundation that the reception takes place in the Midwest.
 
For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.
 
About Citizen Relations
Citizen Relations is an award-winning earned-first communications agency representing some of the best brands in the world. The Citizen mission is to drive clients' businesses forward through creative, strategic ideas and campaigns that spark conversation, create citizen engagement and fuel results. With 12 offices around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London and Singapore, Citizen operates on a global scale with offerings including social media, influencer engagement and experiential programming, as well as national and local-market media expertise. Its unique model features Citizen World, a strategic-partner network covering more than 60 countries and providing clients valuable on-demand access and highly customized services. Citizen Relations is a division of Vision7 International, which is majority-owned by BlueFocus International.

January 14, 2019
Microsoft Chief Communication Officer
Frank X. Shaw Joins TLF Board of Directors

Microsoft Technology Leader Frank X. Shaw

LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2019) - Microsoft technology leader, corporate vice president, communications, Frank X. Shaw, joins The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) board of directors. As a board member, Shaw will serve on the Talent Acquisition Committee and will support the Foundation to develop and implement new and innovative ways to acquire talent in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields.
 
At Microsoft, Shaw is responsible for leading and defining the company’s global communication strategies, including company-wide storytelling, media and analyst relations, executive communications, employee communications, and military affairs.
 
“Microsoft commits to be a driving force behind the tech talent pipeline in our industry,” said Shaw. “I look forward to serving on the TLF Board and continuing to empower and cultivate a progressive workforce for the next generation of technology communicators.”

 
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, Shaw served as president of the Microsoft account globally at WE Communications (formerly Waggener Edstrom Worldwide). Throughout his more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he has led a variety of practice teams representing government, entertainment, food and retail.
 
“Frank has a proven track record of leadership in the communications industry,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We look forward to Frank joining TLF’s board of directors and strengthening support of diversity and inclusion in the tech space.”
 
Shaw is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and a graduate of the Department of Defense Information School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and is a current board member of the Seattle YMCA.
 
For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org
 
Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

January 14, 2019

W2O Group Hires Three New Full-Time Employees
Across its North American Offices

 

Camila Guerra-Garcia - New York
Account Associate
 
Camila Guerra-Garcia recently joined W2O Group in its New York City office as an account associate. In this role, Guerra-Garcia works with leading clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and IT industries. She also supports the team by monitoring needs for clients and ensures the team is on track with project timelines. Guerra-Garcia received a Master of Science degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University.
 
 
 



Steven Pye - San Francisco
Account Associate

 

Steven Pye recently joined W2O Group in San Francisco as an account associate. As a junior-level public relations professional, Pye is responsible for building the healthcare practice via engagement in new business development. In this role, Pye works as a liaison between client and team members where he develops project timelines, ensuring deadlines and project deliverables are met on behalf of clients. Pye received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business marketing from Saint Mary's College of California.
 












Amanda Rockwell - Chicago
Senior Account Executive
 
Amanda Rockwell recently joined W2O Group in Chicago as a senior account executive. As an executive team member, Rockwell is primarily responsible for the internal and external communication management for a variety of healthcare accounts. In this role, she participated in the development of clients' marketing strategies and tactics to ensure overall successful communications strategies for clients. Rockwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication design and marketing from Washington University.






 

First Horizon National Corporation Communication Executive
Joins TLF Board of Directors
Candace Steele Flippin Drives Growth for TLF's BODs

Candace Steele Flippin, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, First Horizon National Corporation

LOS ANGELES (January 7, 2019) - First Horizon National Corporation, Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Candace Steele Flippin, joins The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) board of directors. Flippin, a communications veteran with over two decades of experience, will drive growth for TLF’s Board of Directors. As a board member Flippin will join the Talent Acquisition Committee, where she will collaborate with TLF to increase the number of advertising, marketing and public relations students in the communications pipeline.
 
Steele Flippin first joined First Horizon in January 2018 where she leads communications across all areas of the company, such as internal and external communications strategy, corporate social responsibility and corporate giving.
 
“At First Horizon, we are committed to and intentional about our approach to diversity and inclusion. It is incorporated into our business strategy to maximize our impact on our communities, culture and company,” said Steele Flippin. “I am excited to join The LAGRANT Foundation board to help advance the next generation of African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/ Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino advertising, marketing and public relations professionals.” 

Steele Flippin is also a research fellow at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, through which she researches, publishes and lectures about Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X in the workplace. Prior to her role at First Horizon, Steele Flippin served as a divisional vice president of public affairs for Abbott Laboratories, a worldwide health care company. She also held an executive role at St. Jude Medical, where she served as the vice president of external communications.
 
“As a member of TLF’s board of directors, Candace will be an important champion of leadership to the board,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “Her expertise comes at a great time for the Foundation as we continue to work toward a more diverse and inclusive communications industry.”
 
Flippin, an accredited public relations practitioner, earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, an MBA from John Hopkins University and received her doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org
 
First Horizon National Corporation
First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provides financial services through its Capital Bank, First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial businesses. First Horizon operates approximately 300 bank locations across the southern U.S. and 28 FTN Financial offices across the entire U.S. Our banking subsidiary was founded in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. Our First Tennessee and Capital Bank brands have the largest deposit market share in Tennessee and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. We have been ranked by American Banker as No. 5 among the Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Banks. Our FTB Advisors wealth management group has more than 300 financial professionals and provides services to about $4.8 billion in assets under management. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. We have been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by American Banker magazine and the National Association for Female Executives. More information is available at www.FirstHorizon.com. FHN-G

December 17, 2018

Burson Cohn & Wolfe Hosts Interactive
Career Development & Professional Workshop

Workshop attendees at the Burson Cohn & Wolfe CDPW in Washington, D.C.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently hosted an interactive workshop at its Washington, D.C. office. The Career Development & Professional Workshop (CDPW), paired students with BCW team members for a shadow day. Students received the opportunity to connect one-on-one with BCW's top practitioners and experience a day in the life at BCW. The firm's various practice teams also shared with attendees an overview of the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI)which allows rising seniors and current graduate students to join BCW's practice groups and contribute to client work alongside seasoned professionals. Students in attendance represented American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Howard University and The George Washington University. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

December 12, 2018

Speaker Series Bridges the Gap Between Communication Professionals and Journalists

Panelists and industry professionals at the "Partners in Truth" speaker series in New York

The Scripps Howard Foundation, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)hosted a speaker series titled "Partners in Truth: Exploring the Relationship Between Communication Professionals and Journalists," in New York City last month. The speaker series, moderated by Brett Pulley, executive vice president, director of corporate content and senior media strategist at Weber Shandwick, brought together industry professionals and seasoned journalists to discuss the crucial relationships between communication professionals and editors, journalists producers and the like. The panel featured:
 
  • Spencer Ante - executive vice president, digital content and editorial strategy at Weber Shandwick
  • Dennis Kneale - crisis advisor and strategist
  • Michelle Lyons - director of global communications at MetLife
  • Michelle Miller - co-host of CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY

Professionals in attendance gained a greater understanding of media relations and learned proactive ways to nurture relationships with journalists. For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/.

Chavonne Jones
Senior Vice President, Sr. Media 
Weber Shandwick


"Doing media relations for so long, this panel was a refreshing reminder of all the key tenets of PR. The panelists were stellar and shared so much valuable insight from their rich careers and experiences. At the end, it was clear to the audience that it all boils down to the relationship PR pros have with journalists – it’s a delicate push-and-pull, but as long as both sides respect each other and work together, anything is possible."
   

WE Communications Pledges Five-Year Commitment and Half Million
Dollar Investment to The LAGRANT Foundation
WE's Partnership Will Enhance Programs and Scholarships for Ethnic Minority Students
 
LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2018 WE Communications (WE) today announced a five-year commitment to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), which will include $330,000 to fund nationwide programming and scholarships for ethnic minority students, as well as twenty internships during the five-year period. WE will deliver more than half a million dollars of support to TLF over the course of the partnership.
 
The new commitment extends WE’s previous engagement with TLF scholarship recipients. WE, a long-time supporter of TLF, will now select four scholarship recipients each year to participate in the WE Internship Program. The award-winning program allows college graduates to gain client-facing experience by working on technology sector account teams that are responsible for developing public relations and marketing communications plans. 
 
WE’s five-year partnership will also include sponsoring three annual Career Development & Professional Workshops at WE’s offices in New York, San Francisco and Seattle. The workshops will focus on exposing ethnic minority candidates to careers in the communications industry and feature the best and brightest leaders from the agency.
 
“WE Communications is excited to deepen its commitment to The LAGRANT Foundation,” said WE Communications President, North America, and TLF Board Member, Kass Sells. “By focusing our efforts on scholarships and internships, we can help open more doors for ethnic minorities as they start and grow their careers in the communications industry.”
 
WE Communications’ action-oriented pledge allows ethnic minorities to stay competitive and relevant in a data-driven communications industry.
 
“The future of the communications industry relies on the support of forward-thinking and innovative organizations such as WE Communications,” said TLF Chairman and CEO, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “The LAGRANT Foundation appreciates the commitment from WE Communications in embracing our shared vision to make an even bigger and bolder impact on the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations for ethnic minority students.”

WE Communications values a diverse and inclusive workforce and is committed to creating a workplace where everyone thrives. For more information on WE Communications’ D&I initiatives, please visit www.we-worldwide.com.


For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.
 
About WE Communications
WE works with some of the most innovative companies on the planet — those focused on delivering the next big thing. With a media landscape that is moving, pulsing and constantly evolving, brands must navigate everything from industry disruption and technology shifts to stakeholder mandates and political headwinds. In turn, brand stories have to move with new velocity and sync across every device and platform. Using our Momentum methodology, we partner with clients to create transformative communications that are rooted in insight and drive big impact. Our fiercely independent mindset allows us the freedom to bring together the best talent, ideas and partners, through our revolutionary partnership approach, The PLUS Network, to create powerful, persuasive campaigns. Shiny accolades like Cannes Lions, SABREs, Best APAC Medium Agency and PRWeek Award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital adorn our offices. We’re global, speak 37 languages and we’re not much for standing still. But it’s not about us, it’s about our clients, their customers and setting their brands in motion. Time to move. 

December 4, 2018

TLF Hosts First-Year USC Strategic Public Relations 
Graduate Students in Los Angeles


Masters of Strategic Public Relations Students

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) recently hosted six graduate students from the University of Southern California to a luncheon at it's headquarters in Los Angeles. The students in attendance were first-year graduate students pursuing a master's degree in strategic public relations. The students received an overview of the Foundation and learned about the various programs TLF offers throughout the year, such as career development & professional workshops, internships/entry-level/fellowships, mentorships and scholarship opportunities. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

November 21, 2018

Google Partners with TLF for its First Career Development & Professional Workshop

Career Development & Professional Workshop at Google in Playa Vista, CA

Google, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), hosted its first Career Development & Professional Workshop (CDPW). Brian Rose, TLF alumnus and product marketing manager, Gradient Vetures at Google guided students on a tour of the Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Attendees learned about the history and culture of the innovative technology company and had the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion led by four 'Googlers' from the strategy and marketing, creative technology and public relations teams. Panelists shared their experience working at Google and how to leverage career hurdles for long-term success in the communications industry.



Carmen Ma
2018 TLF scholarship recipient
University of California, Santa Barbara


"It was such a privilege to tour the new Playa Vista campus and get advice from Googlers. With Google being the big behemoth that it is, it was helpful to hear about everyone's journey to their roles at Google. It is inspiring to see that Brian Rose, now a veteran Google, was once in my shoes as a TLF scholar!"
         

November 20, 2018

TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter ​Featured
on the Fall 2018 Issue of The Network Journal




This article was originally featured on The Network Journal.

November 15, 2018

Starbucks & Weber Shandwick Engage Students Interested in the Communications Industry

Attendees at the Starbucks Headquarters CDPW in Seattle

Students and recent graduates from the surrounding Seattle area were recently invited to attend the Starbucks Career Development & Professional Workshop (CDPW)in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)The workshop kicked off at the Starbucks Support Center, where students participated in a coffee tasting led by Yaser Muofak, a barista at the Starbucks Reserve SODO Store. The workshop was moderated by Kelly Sheppard, senior manager, Starbucks Digital News, and featured a panel of Starbucks team members from various practices that discussed how they engage and communicate Starbucks news and initiatives through public relations campaigns, marketing and social media. Following the panel discussion, attendees had the opportunity to network with Starbucks partners and visit the Starbucks Reserve SODO Store. Students in attendance represented DePaul University, Seattle Central College, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, University of Washington, Bothell and University of Washington, Seattle.




Starbucks Workshop Panelists:
  • Alisa Carroll, communications manager, global supply chain strategy
  • Linda Dahlsrom Anderson, director, Starbucks Digital News
  • Thomas Prather, director, brand management
  • Archana Ramachandran, community manager II, social media
  • Lisa Smith, manager, global social impact
  • Briar Waterman, director, digital creative

Jennifer Delgado



2018 TLF alumna 

Advertising & Public Relations 
DePaul University

"The Starbucks workshop was an amazing opportunity to meet with the team of communicators and creatives behind the brand I have long admired. The panelists gave great career advice and shared their professional journeys. I am extremely grateful to TLF for this one-of-a-kind experience."

 
        

Weber Shandwick - St. Louis
 
Weber Shandwick, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), also hosted students from the St. Louis area for a CDPW on Friday, Nov. 9th. Students in attendance gained insight into Weber Shandwick's company culture and client work. Weber Shandwick team members also shared the ins and outs of internships with workshop attendees by providing career guidance and best practices with the students. Students in attendance represented Fontbonne University, Lindenwood University, Maryville University of St. Louis, Southern Illinois University, Southeast Missouri State University, St. Louis University and University of Missouri, St. Louis. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

 
        
 

November 7, 2018

MSL Partners with TLF for Best Practices Career
Development & Professional Workshop in Seattle

Career Development & Professional Workshop at MSL Seattle

MSL partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host an interactive Career Development & Professional Workshop (CDPW) on Friday, Nov. 2nd in Seattle. The CDPW focused on career guidance and best practices for success in the communications industry. Students were welcomed to an agency tour where they gained an insider look into agency life at MSL. Workshop attendees participated in an in-depth resume workshop and review session where they applied the feedback to their resumes. MSL speakers then guided attendees through a LinkedIn workshop and advised students on how to properly use the social media platform to seek and apply to jobs in the communications field. Students in attendance represented the University of Washington, Bothell, the University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle Central College, Seattle University and Shoreline Community College. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.
 

October 31, 2018

Davis Elen Advertising & TLF Give Future Creatives 
an Insight Into the Advertising Industry in Los Angeles

Davis Elen team members and workshop attendees in Los Angeles

Davis Elen Advertising, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently gave 20 future advertising creatives insight into the advertising industry in Los Angeles. Students and entry-level professionals attended a Career Development & Professional Workshop where they participated in a networking lunch led by Davis Elen Advertising Partner, Group Managing Director, Malu Santamaria. Attendees gained an overview of agency life and learned first-hand about the various advertising disciplines, such as business analytics, media and partnerships, creative and social media. During the workshop, attendees also learned about the creative process behind the "McRib Pork & Pepper Comeback Tour" interactive campaign led by three creative minds team members. Students in attendance represented California Lutheran University, California State University, Dominguez Hills, California State University, Los Angeles, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.
 

October 24, 2018

Korn Ferry and TLF Partner for Successful
Career Development & Professional Workshop

Mid-to-senior level professionals at Korn Ferry in New York City

Korn Ferry, the world's largest executive search firm, successfully partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), for a Career Development & Professional Workshop in New York City on Thursday, Oct. 11th. Peter McDermott, principal, corporate affairs practice at Korn Ferry and TLF board of director, moderated the panel discussion. The workshop attracted more than 40 mid-to-senior level professionals who received the opportunity to listen to a panel of three communication practitioners from American Express, Aon and Teneo Holdings. The panelists spoke to attendees about the benefits of mentorship, and what to look for when seeking a career mentor. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

August 24, 2018

Friday Spotlight: Cathy Park & Julio Gonzalez
 

Cathy Park - University of Southern California
Strategic Public Relations
 
Growing up as an Asian American, I rarely saw women that looked like me on screen and recognized that my voice was diminished or largely absent on multiple fronts. Despite today’s ongoing movements to combat underrepresentation, the entertainment industry is still flawed, and the battle remains far from won. I believe that public relations influences which narratives reach mass audiences, and I aspire to uplift the perspectives and stories of those who often go unheard. Upon graduation, I have set my sights on becoming an integral part of the efforts to bring much needed, wider diversity to the media.
 
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has served as a propelling force in my journey by granting me opportunities to acquire practical skills, build connections, and gain tremendous insight about the communications field through career development workshops and initiatives. The Foundation’s mission to increase diversity in marketing and public relations aligns with my vision, and I am truly grateful to be a part of the cohort of this year’s student change-makers. TLF's programming and dedication to supporting ethnic minorities have instilled in me the confidence to thrive in and contribute tangible value to today’s dynamic media world.
 

Julio Gonzalez - University of California, San Diego
Communications

 

An ongoing discussion in the Communications department at UCSD surrounds data collection. This hot topic, along with my experience working with Google AdWords in a previous internship has inspired me to pursue a career in digital marketing/advertising using analytics to micro target audiences.
 
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) provided wonderful networking opportunities to engage with both students and professionals. Through these networking opportunities, at HP and W2O Group, I was able to gain insight into not only the day-to-day responsibilities of my prospective career but even more valuable, a broader perspective of the role that tech and analytics has underneath the umbrella of marketing. More than networking, TLF provided a challenge for us work together as a team strengthening the
relationships that we had formed.

August 17, 2018

TLF Scholarship Recipients Stephanie Uriostegui
and Cornelius Beard Share Their Experience

 


Walmart Corporate Executive Joins TLF Board of Directors
Dan Bartlett Commits to TLF's Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Dan Bartlett, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Walmart

LOS ANGELES (August 10, 2018 Walmart Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Dan Bartlett, joins The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) board of directors. As a board member, Bartlett will work toward achieving TLF’s diversity and inclusion efforts by joining the Talent Acquisition Committee. As part of the Talent Acquisition Committee, Bartlett will collaborate with the Foundation to develop and create innovative ways to recruit and hire new talent.
 
“Walmart’s commitment toward diversity and inclusion goes beyond the boundaries of Walmart as a corporation,” said Bartlett. “At Walmart we strive to be an active agent for the diverse communities we serve by being a part of unique organizations such as The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF).”
 
Having joined Walmart in June 2013, Bartlett oversees government relations and public policy, corporate communications, philanthropy and Walmart’s social responsibility and sustainability efforts.
 
Prior to Walmart, Bartlett served as president and CEO of the U.S. arm of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations consulting firm, where he provided strategic counsel to business leaders representing American and global economies. Bartlett also served as a special counselor to President George W. Bush in two successful presidential campaigns.
 
“TLF’s success is made up of a wide range of industry professionals,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “Dan’s addition to TLF’s board of directors diversifies the makeup of the board as TLF continues to represent every facet of the communications industry.”
 
Bartlett has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a fellow of the university’s Center for Politics and Governance. As an active public affairs advisor, Bartlett has also contributed to CNBC as a guest host for Squawk Box and served as a political analyst for CBS News. Dan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org
 
About Walmart
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart

July 31, 2018

Aspiring Communications Professionals Join Agencies as Summer Interns
 


July 24, 2018

CSU, Bakersfield Communications Students Intern for
California's Largest Oil & Gas Producing Corporation

 


Paul Lopez
California Resources Corporation

Paul Lopez recently completed a 10-week, paid corporate communications internship with California Resources Corporation this spring. Lopez assisted with the development of internal and external communications materials and assisted with community outreach initiatives. Lopez is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from California State University, Bakersfield.
 




Arely Mondragon
California Resources Corporation


Joining California Resources Corporation as a corporate communications intern this summer is Arely Mondragon. As an intern, Mondragon will be responsible for conducting research and assisting with fact-checking related to the energy industry, key initiatives or events. Mondragon is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from California State University, Bakersfield.





 


July 23, 2018

TLF Alumna Takes on Senior Account Executive Role at The Integer Group

Emmanuela G. Ebunilo, The Integer Group

Emmanuela Ebunilo, 2012 & 2013 TLF scholarship recipient, recently joined The Integer Group as a senior account executive. In her role, she oversees day-to-day account management responsibilities for AT&T, such as building client relationships through understanding of the client brand and core competencies, ensuring flawless execution of work through project scope/time management, and financial stewardship. As a seasoned professional, Ebunilo has held various mid-to-senior level roles, including leading marketing efforts at the University of Southern California as an assistant director of direct marketing services. In this role, Ebunilo managed the strategy development and execution of various integrated marketing campaigns to develop alumni engagement and encourage donations. In 2015, Ebunilo was a recipient of the ADCOLOR FUTURES award where she was recognized as a next generation leader in the advertising, marketing and public relations industry.

July 20, 2018


 

First Ever TLF Alumna Rejoins its Board of Directors
1999 Scholarship Recipient Jessica Shih makes TLF History

Director, Strategic Communications Jessica Shih, Blue Shield of California

LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has reached a historic milestone with Jessica Shih, a former TLF scholarship recipient who recently rejoined the organization as the first ever alumna to serve on its board of directors.
 
After receiving the TLF scholarship during the Foundation's second year in operation, Shih graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies. Shih's career has taken her across the country to work with a number of global agencies and Fortune 500 companies such as: Burson-Marsteller (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Procter & Gamble, and Verizon.
 
In her current role as director of strategic communications at Blue Shield of California Shih oversees the development of corporate communications campaigns and strategies. Additionally, as a member of TLF's board of directors, she will work toward a sustainable future for the Foundation to further advance TLF's mission of diversifying the communications industry.
 
"This is truly one of the biggest joys of starting this Foundation 20 years ago - seeing the fruits of labor come to fruition! Jessica is both a protégé and friend who has maintained a relationship for close to two decades. Jessica is a pride and joy of both TLF and me personally," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.
 
For 20 years, The LAGRANT Foundation has been dedicated to diversifying the communications field through scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships and internships/entry-level positions for ethnic minority students pursuing careers in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields.
 
Shih was among the earliest cohort of TLF scholarship recipients, which has now grown to 511 scholarship recipients to date. As a TLF alum, Shih has continued to support the Foundation by mentoring young professionals and assisting with the scholarship recipient selection process. The recent appointment of Shih to serve on the board of directors embodies a defining moment for both Shih and TLF.
 
Shih's shared commitment to diversity makes her an ideal addition for TLF's board of directors. Under her leadership at Verizon, the telecom giant was awarded two PRSA Big Apple Awards for multicultural campaigns. In her own right, Shih also earned a 2016 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.
 
"I am honored to be the first alumna to join TLF's board of directors representing Blue Shield of California. I hope to inspire TLF scholarship recipients to continue to voice their diverse perspectives and take on leadership roles in the communication and marketing fields in order to deliver real value to their clients," said Shih.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org
 
About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a health care system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable. We are a not-for-profit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with care for 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $17 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities. For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit www.news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

July 16, 2018

Two-time TLF Scholarship Recipients Join MSL & Porter Novelli as Summer Interns


Gabrielle Beamon - MSL
2017 & 2018 TLF Scholarship Recipient

Two-time scholarship recipient, Gabrielle Beamon, joins MSL as a public relations intern in New York City. Beamon is an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Elon University and recently celebrated her academic triumphs at this year's 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in NYC in May. As an intern, Beamon participates in brainstorming sessions for client campaigns and new business. Beamon is also responsible for tracking news coverage and developing reports on behalf of clients. Beamon is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in dance from Elon University.




Nairobi Jeanniton - Porter Novelli
2017 & 2018 TLF Scholarship Recipient


TLF alumna, Nairobi Jeanniton, joins Porter Novelli as a public relations intern in Boston. Prior to Porter Novelli, Jeanniton was a social media intern for Weight Watchers where she developed concepts for Oprah Winfrey's Weight Watchers Winter campaign and worked alongside the advertising, licensing and public relations teams at Weight Watchers. This summer, Nairobi joins the Porter Novelli technology practice where she creates and maintains coverage reports and assists in the development of written materials such as press kits, pitch letters and more.
Nairobi also celebrated her academic achievements at TLF's 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in New York City. Jeanniton is a senior at Boston University majoring in public relations, concentrating in Japanese and minoring in business administration.



 


July 3, 2018

TLF Alumna Karen Kyi Joins W2O Group

Karen Kyi W2O Group

Karen Kyi, 2017 TLF scholarship recipient, joins W2O Group as a full-time associate. 
 
Kyi previously interned with W2O Group’s office in San Francisco as part of the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program, a 10-week immersive program targeting ethnic minority students and recent graduates pursuing careers in healthcare communications. 
 
As a fellow, she was responsible for tracking media coverage, researching industry trends for clients and providing insights on findings from a diverse perspective.
 
In her full-time associate role, Kyi will support the W2O Group team in varying internal and external communications account management activities. 
 
Kyi recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 22, 2018

TLF and WE Communications Welcome
Tiwanna Hamilton, Amanda Lam and Matt Wo as 2018 Summer Interns

(L-R) Tiwanna Hamilton, Amanda Lam & Matt Wo
 
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) and its partner WE Communications (WE) today announced three new interns that will participate in WE’s summer internship program: Tiwanna Hamilton, Amanda Lam and Matt Wo. WE’s award-winning internship program offers college graduates client-facing experience by providing them with the opportunity to work alongside WE’s account teams. WE is a long-time supporter of TLF and has previously brought on numerous interns and full-time employees sourced by TLF.
 
Hamilton joins the Social & Digital team in WE’s New York office. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Public Relations and Journalism with a minor in Business Administration. 
 
Lam, a 2017 TLF Scholarship Recipient, and Wo join the Microsoft account team in WE’s Seattle office. Lam is also a recent graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in Public Relations and Journalism. Wo is a recent graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Diversity. 
 
“WE is very proud to partner with TLF in their commitment to cultivating diverse talent in our industry, and we are excited to welcome Tiwanna, Amanda and Matt to our summer internship program,” said Kass Sells, WE Communications president, North America. 
 
WE’s program began on June 20, 2018, with a total of 16 interns working across the agency’s technology, consumer and health sectors in five of WE’s U.S. offices. 

Click here to learn more about the WE internship program.

June 15, 2018

TLF Places Communications Professionals at Top Agency Partners
Finn Partners & Hill+Knowlton Strategies

(L-R) Jennifer Morones & Sarah Alumbaugh
 
TLF places communications professionals, Sarah Alumbaugh and Jennifer Morones, at top agency partners: Finn Partners and Hill+Knowlton Strategies
 
Sarah Alumbaugh joined Finn Partners as an assistant account executive in Los Angeles. Alumbaugh has worked in strategic communications, media relations, social media, and diversity and community outreach in agency, nonprofit and government settings. 
 
As an assistant account executive, Alumbaugh develops and implemets media relations strategies, goals, targets and pitch angles.
 
“I’m extremely excited for this next step in my career,” said Alumbaugh. “The LAGRANT Foundation was an integral part in the process and I’m immensely thankful for the role it played in this venture.”
 
Prior to Finn Partners, Alumbaugh was an assistant account executive with VPE Public Relations in Los Angeles and previously a marketing and public relations coordinator with La Voz Marketing in Newport Beach, CA.  
 
Jennifer Morones joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a fellow on the Marketing Communications team in its Costa Mesa, CA office. In her role, she is responsible for H+K’s day-to-day execution of client deliverables while gaining valuable experience within a fast-paced, dynamic agency environment. 
 
Morones previously interned with The Literacy Project and Titan Public Relations and served as outreach director for the California State, Fullerton chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. 

June 14, 2018

TLF Places 2018 Scholarship Recipients at One-of-a-Kind
Internships with Dow Chemical and General Motors

(L-R) Stephanie Uriostegui and Tina Collins
 
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has placed two of TLF’s 2018 scholarship recipients at one-of-a-kind internship positions with The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) in Midland, MI and another at General Motors Company in Detroit.
 
Stephanie Uriostegui, a junior studying communications at Northwestern University and two-time TLF scholarship recipient, is a communications intern at General Motors this summer. As an intern, Uriostegui will develop skills in media relations, internal communications, speech writing, event planning and more. 
 
Tina Collins is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication at Oakland University and has begun the Dow Public Affairs Internship Program in May. As a public affairs intern, Collins will receive the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of areas including business communications, branding, digital and social media, and employee communications. 
 
Both Collins and Uriostegui are recipients of the 2018 TLF Scholarship Program and recently celebrated their academic achievements with three days of professional development at TLF’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in New York City last month.
 

June 13, 2018

Burson Cohn & Wolfe and The LAGRANT Foundation
Welcome Three Interns to The 2018 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program

(L-R) Sydney Rodgers, Alicia Tran, and Sharon Uche

Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), a top-three, full-service, global communications agency with deep expertise in digital and integrated communications, and its partner, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), will welcome three students from ethnically diverse backgrounds interested in careers in public relations and communications to the 2018 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HSBI). The HBSI program allows junior and senior college students to join the firm’s practice groups and contribute to client work alongside seasoned public relations professionals.

TLF works to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. This year, BCW selected Sydney Rodgers, Alicia Tran and Sharon Uche for the TLF-affiliated internship positions.

  • Sydney Rodgers joined the Consumer and Brand Marketing practice in Chicago. She is a recent graduate from Southeast Missouri State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication.
  • Alicia Tran joined the Public Affairs and Crisis practice in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Education Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Sharon Uche joined the Corporate and Financial Communications practice in New York. She received a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University last month.

“It is critical for us to have a strong, diverse team to be relevant to the audiences shaping our clients’ businesses,” said Chris Foster, BCW President, North America. “We are delighted to welcome these talented students to the Harold Burson Summer Internship program and hope they will be inspired to pursue careers in public relations.”

Rodgers, Tran and Uche – along with 23 other HBSI interns – began their internship on June 4, 2018. The entire 2018 HBSI class will work across 10 practice and specialty groups throughout seven of the firm’s U.S. offices.

Click here to learn more about the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program.


TLF Serves Up Fresh Talent at Center for Constitutional Rights,
G&S Business Communications, and Lenovo
Organization Makes Gains in Diversity Through Summer Internships

(L-R) Jayson Swain, Joshua Neptune, Kenyan J. Corbett
The LAGRANT Foundation is delivering on its mission to diversify the communications industry with the recent placement of three African-American males in summer internships at: Center for Constitutional RightsG&S Business Communications, and Lenovo
 
Joining the Center for Constitutional Rights as a communications intern is Jayson Swain. As an intern, Swain will be responsible for monitoring media and archiving press clips for the nonprofit dedicated to positive social change. Prior to CCR, he worked as a public relations secretary at Binghamton University where he created email-marketing campaigns for the Student LGBT Resource Organization. 
 
A mid-size agency with three locations, G&S Business Communications brings Joshua Neptune as a communications intern. In this role, he will conduct and analyze primary, secondary, and social research in order to assist clients with integration of communications and business strategies. Most recently, Neptune worked as a marketing coordinator for CarPro, a college ride-sharing app.
 
Lenovo, a tech manufacturer whose diversity and inclusion practices have set precedent in the industry, welcomes Kenan J. Corbett as a marketing and social media intern. Corbett’s role will consist of identifying influencer marketing opportunities for clients, pitching new and innovative stories to Lenovo and tracking worldwide user-generated content from Lenovo fans across all social media platforms. Corbett also worked as a trade-marketing intern at Reynolds American, Inc. where he managed revenue, human capital and innovation development.
 
Center for Constitutional Rights, G&S Business Communications and Lenovo are proud supporters of TLF and its mission to diversify the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. These partnerships allow the foundation to support its alumni as well as connect new professionals to internship opportunities with leading organizations to advance their careers. 

One Hundred Rising Ethnic Minority Communications Students to be Honored at The LAGRANT Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception

2018 scholarship recipients to be awarded a total of $250,000 and participate in
career-building events in New York City and San Francisco 

 

LOS ANGELES (April 16, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) will honor 100 of the nation’s rising ethnic minority communications students at its 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in New York City and San Francisco. In celebration of TLF’s 20th Anniversary, the Foundation will award a total of $250,000 in scholarships to students in the fields of advertising, graphic design, marketing and public relations. 
 
The event in New York City is sponsored by Omnicom Public Relations Group and Ketchum, with Karen van Bergen, CEO, Omnicom Public Relations Group, serving as the New York City host committee chair and Rob Flaherty, chairman at Ketchum and TLF board member serving as New York City host committee co-chair. Gail Heimann, president of Weber Shandwick will be this year’s keynote speaker. 
 
Bechtel Corporation and W2O Group are sponsors of the event in San Francisco, with Charlene Wheeless, principal VP, global corporate affairs, serving as the San Francisco host committee chair and Jim Weiss, founder & CEO, W2O Group and TLF board member, serving as San Francisco host committee co-chair. BAYCAT Founder, President & CEO, Villy Wang will be the keynote speaker in San Francisco. 
 
Sixty undergraduate students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship and 40 graduate students will each receive a $3,250 scholarship. TLF will be providing lodging and airfare for the scholarship recipients, accommodating them for the dynamic multi-date event with Omnicom Public Relations Group, Ketchum, W2O Group, Bechtel Corporation, WE Communications, and more. The recipients will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and gain practical skills for careers in advertising, marketing and public relations.
 
TLF is proud to recognize the following graduate and undergraduate students:
 
2018 New York City Graduate Scholarship Recipients:
1.    Niema Bracey– MBA, Marketing | American University
2.    Joshua Browne– Business/Branding | Virginia Commonwealth University
3.    Maya Burns– Marketing & Business Analytics | University of Pennsylvania
4.    Hillary Caldwell– MBA, Marketing & Brand Management | Emory University
5.    Tina Collins– Communications | Oakland University 
6.    Jennifer Cuffari– Branding & Integrated Communications | City College of New York
7.    Jennifer Delgado– Public Relations & Advertising | DePaul University 
8.    Jared Garnica– Marketing & Finance | Indiana University
9.    Lateefah Gresham– MBA, Marketing | Northwestern University
10. Lacee Harper– Public Relations | Syracuse University 
11. Trenton Harvey– Marketing | Indiana University Bloomington
12. LaToya Heron– Branding & Integrated Communications | City College of New York
13. Amera-Rime Lulu– Branding & Integrated Communications | City College of New York
14. Cathy Park– Strategic Public Relations | University of Southern California
15. David Pérez– MBA, Marketing | Harvard University 
16. Ariana Safari– Advertising/Art Direction | Virginia Commonwealth University
17. Juwan Thompson– Public Relations | Syracuse University 
18. Nimra Haroon– Integrated Marketing Communications | Georgetown University
19. Gloryah Allen– Business & Advertising | Virginia Commonwealth University
20. Tram Nguyen– Marketing & Finance | Indiana University
21. Shaakira White– Integrated Marketing Communications | Florida State University 
22. Rebecca Rivera– Public Relations & Advertising | City College of New York

2018 New York City Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients:
23. A’Maiya Allen – Journalism | Howard University
24. Gabrielle Beamon– Strategic Communications | Elon University 
25. Danielle Brogdon– Media Management, Marketing | Howard University
26. Sherry Chen– Marketing | Baruch College
27. Anissa Cooper– Strategic Communications | Elon University
28. Giana Darville– Public Relations | Oakwood University
29. Cheyenne Desrosiers– Advertising | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
30. Jordyn Edwards– Strategic Communications | Hampton University
31. Kyland Evans– Public Relations | University of Memphis
32. Christal Harvin– Public Relations & Sociology | University of South Carolina
33. Allison Holmes– Strategic Communication & Business Management | University of Missouri
34. Emily Horrego– Advertising & Marketing Communications | Fashion Institute of Technology
35. Osadebamwen Imalele– International Business Marketing | Eastern Michigan University
36. Steffanee Jagdeo– Marketing | University of Minnesota
37. Nairobi Jeanniton– Mass Communication, Public Relations | Boston University 
38. Kevin Kim– Media, Culture & Communication | New York University
39. Michelle Kim– Graphic Design | Drexel University 
40. Jared Leong– Film Production/Marketing | Emerson College
41. Brittney McEachern– Public Relations | Rider University
42. Wendy Ngala– Advertising & Public Relations, Black Studies | City College of New York
43. Kris Nguyen– Business of Cinematic Arts – Advertising | University of Southern California
44. Shiselle Povedano– Public Relations & Economics | University of Florida
45. Chantess Robinson– Public Relations & Strategic Communications | Salisbury University
46. Lesly Rodriguez– Public Relations | Georgia State University
47. Chanel Taylor– Public Relations | Wayne State University
48. Janay Tyson– Strategic Communications | Elon University
49. Stephanie Uriostegui– Integrated Marketing Communications | Northwestern University
50. Michael Watkins– Strategic Communications | Hampton University
 
2018 San Francisco Graduate Scholarship Recipients:
51. Ashley Cordes– Ph.D. Media Studies | University of Oregon
52. Michael Dong– MBA, Marketing & Strategy | Duke University 
53. Irma Guardado– Strategic Communications | University of San Francisco
54. Kyung Ryun Kim– Marketing | San Diego State University 
55. Vinisha Kothari– Communication Management | University of Southern California
56. Jenny Le– Marketing | Columbia Business School
57. Kreed Lile– Communication, Media Arts | Wayne State University 
58. Alissa Lopez– MBA, Marketing | Seton Hall University
59. Kelvin Morales– Branding & Integrated Communications | City College of New York
60. Vanessa Rojas-Castillo– Public Relations | Syracuse University
61. Chaimuy Saeyang– Marketing | Indiana University
62. Monica Sanabria– Marketing | University of Southern California
63. Selina Smith– Strategic Public Relations | University of Southern California
64. Madelein Terreros– Advertising | Southern Methodist University
65. Amber Tidmore– Strategic Public Relations | University of Southern California
66. Monica Villar– Business Administration, Marketing Strategy | Columbia Business School
67. Brandon Werner– Data Science/Marketing | Worcester Polytechnic Institute
68. Cortlan White– MBA, Marketing | Duke University

2018 San Francisco Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients:
69.  Adriana Azarloza– Communications | University of San Diego
70. Cornelius Beard– Graphic Design | Concordia University
71. Alexandra Bouras– Public Relations | California State University, Fullerton
72. Ozelle Bower– Strategic Communications | Elon University
73. Vanessa Bram– Communications | San Diego State University
74. Jordan Brown– Marketing | San Francisco State University
75. Stacy Dheming Albanes– Marketing | University of Arkansas
76. Anya Dickson– Strategic Communication | University of Colorado, Denver
77. Victoria Doan– Marketing | California State University, Fullerton
78. Alanna Evans– Strategic Communications | University of Kansas
79. Erin Gazdik– Advertising | Brigham Young University
80. Julio Gonzalez– Communications | University of California, San Diego
81. Dustin Hudson– Business Administration, Marketing | University of Southern California
82. Elsabete Kebede– Public Relations | San José State University
83. Tiffany Leung– Advertising | University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
84. Carmen Ma– Communication | University of California, Santa Barbara
85. Grace Martinez– Public Relations | University of Southern California
86. Kenya Mavhera– Public Relations | University of North Texas
87. Jessica Nugent– Advertising | Brigham Young University
88. Priscilla Oribamise– International Business & Marketing | University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
89. Zaria Parvez– Advertising | University of Oregon
90. Janelle Perry– Public Relations | Ursuline College
91. Kyle Reece– Business Marketing | George Fox University
92. Krystal Rhaburn– Public Relations & Advertising | California Lutheran University
93. Joaquin Saborats– Advertising | University of Oregon
94. Sabrya Said– Advertising & Marketing Communications | Fashion Institute of Technology
95. Christina Schwartz– Advertising | Brigham Young University
96. Leah Shin– Business Marketing, Technology Innovation Management, and Interactive Media Design | University of Washington Bothell
97. Spencer Tingzon– Business Marketing | Arizona State University
98. Aivon Traylor– Public Relations | University of Houston
99. Zachary Wright– Business Administration, Advertising | University of Southern California
100. Moeka Yamamoto
–Marketing | Michigan State University                   

Scholarship events for students attending school east of Chicago will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications on Sunday, May 20 in New York City. American Express will hold a career and professional development workshop on May 21for scholarship recipients. The workshop will provide an inside track intoinnovations on how American Express engages with customers/partners, including traditional, digital and experiential channels. Following the workshop, students will be awarded their scholarships at the New York City 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. On May 22, Ketchum will host a career and professional development workshop where recipients will learn about the skills needed to land a job in an agency. Bayer Corporation will conclude the festivities in New York City on Wednesday, May 23, by hosting a career & professional development workshop pertaining to careers in corporate communications. 

Students attending school west of Chicago will attend scholarship events in San Francisco, beginning with a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications on Sunday, June 3. HP Inc. will host a career and professional development workshop on Monday, June 4 at its headquarters in Palo Alto. Following the workshop, students will be recognized and awarded their scholarships at the San Francisco 20thAnniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. The San Francisco events will conclude with a career & professional development workshop with W2O Group, on Tuesday, June 5. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

Villy Wang of BAYCAT Selected as TLF 20th Anniversary
Keynote Speaker in San Francisco

Villy Wang, Founder, President & CEO, BAYCAT

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2018 BAYCAT founder, president and CEO, Villy Wang will serve as keynote speaker during The LAGRANT Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on Monday, June 4 in San Francisco.
 
As a Bay Area Jefferson Award winner, a TED Speaker and named one of 2017’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the SF Business Times, Wang said she created the nonprofit BAYCAT in 2001 “to help end racism, one story at a time.” Under Wang’s guidance, BAYCAT ACADEMY has grown into an internationally-acclaimed media school for underserved kids. BAYCAT STUDIO employs graduates from the academy and partners them with media professionals in socially-minded organizations.
 
“I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Villy during a recent trip to San Francisco,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter. “She was passionate, vibrant and inspiring. I can’t wait to hear her address our scholarship recipients and TLF supporters in June.” 


This year TLF will go bicoastal to celebrate its 20th anniversary with receptions in both New York and San Francisco. Scholarships totaling $250,000 will be awarded to 100 ethnic minority students across the country who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/
 
About BAYCAT
Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) is a nonprofit social enterprise that has been tackling the lack of diversity in tech, media and creative industries by educating and employing young people from historically underserved Bay Area communities in the digital media arts including: video production, music production, animation, graphic and web design. After 13 years, BAYCAT has educated over 4,000 students in media production, trained and employed over 200 interns through its studio, created media for over 250 organizations and nonprofits, and provided over $1mm in pro-bono media services. We believe in running a nonprofit like a business, and in changing the philanthropy model. That’s why created the “clonor” model, where clients become donors, and donors become clients. For more information, visit http://baycat.org/

Bechtel's Charlene Wheeless and W2O Group's Jim Weiss to Serve
as TLF 20th Anniversary Chair and Co-Chair in San Francisco

(Left) Charlene Wheeless and (Right) Jim Weiss

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2018 Bechtel Corporation’s Charlene Wheeless will serve as Host Committee Chair for The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in San Francisco. W2O Group’s founder and CEO and TLF board member, Jim Weiss, will serve as Co-Chair.
 
Both Wheeless and Weiss bring with them a wealth of experience and dedication to TLF’s mission. Wheeless, who is principal vice president of global corporate affairs for Bechtel, was named one of PRWeek’s 50 Most Influential PR Professionals for four consecutive years while Weiss ranks among the magazine’s 500 Most Important People in the Global PR Industry.
 
In 2016, Weiss also partnered with TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter to form a paid health care fellowship that places ethnic minorities who are pursuing healthcare communications careers in W2O’s offices.
 
“I am pleased to welcome both Charlene Wheeless and Jim Weiss to the host committee in San Francisco,” said Hunter. “Their combined expertise in the industry makes for exactly the sort of leadership we at TLF hope will be demonstrated for the 2018 scholarship recipients.”

This year TLF will go bicoastal to celebrate its 20th anniversary with receptions in both New York and San Francisco. Scholarships totaling $250,000 will be awarded to 100 ethnic minority students across the country who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. 
 
The 2018 Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in San Francisco will take place on Monday, June 4 while its sister event will take place in New York on Monday, May 21.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/
 
About Bechtel
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1989, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live. www.bechtel.com

About W2O Group
Founded and led by CEO Jim Weiss in 2001, W2O is an independent network of complementary analytics and insights-driven, digital marketing and communications firms focused on integrated business solutions for the world’s leading brands and organizations in healthcare and other industries. The firm employs nearly 700 people in a dozen offices across the United States and in Europe. W2O incorporates Insight Integration, a strategic approach based on unearthing transformative insights from data/analytics and integrating them — across all marcom disciplines – to arrive at a precise solution for clients’ business needs. The goal is to create an Unfair Advantage for clients who face dramatic challenges in a shifting environment by following the right data to get to the right solution. The right data clarifies the audience, what matters to them, and where the client’s brand fits in their lives. W2O employs proprietary analytics models, methodologies and approaches in a digital world to design precise communications and marketing strategies and engagement to deliver the right solution and sustained business results. W2O’s network includes WCG, Twist, Pure, Marketeching and Sentient. For more information, please visit www.w2ogroup.com.

2017 TLF Scholarship Recipient Johnny L. Ricks
Lands Full-Time Position at General Motors

Johnny L. Ricks, 2017 TLF Scholarship Recipient

LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2018 Former TLF Scholarship recipient and communications professional, Johnny L. Ricks, has entered a new role with General Motors Company via the three-year GM Technical Rotation and Career Knowledge program also known as TRACK.
 
As a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at Wayne State University, Ricks was awarded The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Scholarship in 2017 and is expected to earn his degree in May.
 
Ricks, a military veteran, brings a unique combination of life skills, scholarly achievement and community commitment to GM. Prior to arriving at General Motors, Ricks was a public relations intern at a variety of firms in Michigan including AutoCom Associates, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications and The Dow Chemical Company, where he was placed through TLF.
 
“TLF has helped me immensely in terms of making connections,” said Ricks. “I’m deeply grateful to The LAGRANT Foundation and especially Kim Hunter. The whole expereince with them has just been amazing.”

 
In addition to achieving The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship, Ricks has also been awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Scholarship and the WSU Professional Scholarship. Ricks also penned an award-winning essay titled “The Gentrification of Detroit,” which was written during his senior year at Oakland University.  
 
For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/
 
About General Motors
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands.

P&G Partners with TLF for Communications
Career and Professional Development Workshop in Cincinnati

P&G panel speakers and workshop attendees

LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2018 Twenty-five students and young professionals were recently welcomed to Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati for a career and professional development workshop facilitated by The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF).
 
Attendees heard from two panels of P&G employees moderated by TLF board member, Anitra Marsh, who spoke to students about “The Future of Communications” and “Strategies for Success.” Panelists included Craig Buchholz, Damon Jones, Jeremy Smith, Muhammad Lakhani, Elizabeth Kinney, and Heather Valento.
 
“I really enjoyed the workshop and found it extremely helpful,” said workshop attendee, Alexis Gray. “The panelists were great. It was interesting to see how such a successful company is made up of down-to-earth, helpful and service-driven team members.”

In addition to the panels, P&G’s senior human resource manager for North America operations, Bertha Davis, spoke to attendees about job-search tactics, online branding, office etiquette and fast-start principles. 
 
For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/
 
About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

Virginia Tenpenny of Starbucks to Succeed
Linda Mills on TLF Board of Directors

Virginia Tenpenny, VP, Global Social Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is pleased to welcome Starbucks Coffee Company Vice President of Global Social Impact Virginia Tenpenny to its board of directors. Tenpenny will fill the seat left vacant by former TLF board member, Linda Mills, who is former vice president of global communications at Starbucks and now serves as vice president of communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  
 
“I’m thrilled to welcome Virginia to the board,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter. “Her mission-oriented passion and drive are admirable traits that make her a perfect fit for what we do here.”
 
With her team, Tenpenny works with partners around the world to execute the Starbucks global social impact agenda. Currently, she and her team are working to remove barriers to opportunities for U.S. veterans and military spouses, opportunity youth, and refugees around the globe.
 
“The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission is one I find extremely admirable,” said Tenpenny. “I’m happy to serve on the board as we work to provide opportunities for an increased amount of talented ethnic minorities in the workforce.”

In addition to her position as VP, Tenpenny is also executive director of the Starbucks Foundation and serves as a champion for the Starbucks Women’s Impact Network, Armed Forces Network and Welcoming Refugees as Partners Alliance.
 
Before her current role, she led communication strategy as director of Public Affairs for Latin America at Starbucks and joined the Starbucks Ethical Sourcing team in 2006 to develop and implement social responsibility standards for the Starbucks global manufactured goods supply chain.
 
A graduate of the University of Colorado, Tenpenny also taught English in Vietnam and Ecuador before moving to Seattle in 2003 where she began her career in corporate social responsibility with Nordstrom.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com

TLF and Lenovo Team Up for Successful
Career and Professional Development Workshop

Workshop attendees on Lenovo campus

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) successfully partnered with Lenovo for the organization’s second career and professional development workshop of the year. The event attracted the attendance of more than 30 students who received the opportunity to tour the Lenovo campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
 
Attendees also heard remarks from Lenovo Worldwide VP of Communications and Chief Communications Officer Torod Neptune.
 
“Getting the chance to address the future generation in this industry is always rewarding,” said Neptune, who also serves on TLF’s Board of Directors. 

“We received positive feedback from the students and I’m pleased Lenovo has been able to join hands with TLF in its mission to diversify the communications field.”
 
The workshop included a presentation titled “The Digital You: Perfecting Your Online Presence” and students later learned more about the “Unspoken Rules of Recruiters” during a Q&A portion of the program.
 
TLF co-organizes various career and professional development workshops throughout the year, the next of which will be hosted by P&G on March 2 in Cincinnati. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $43 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

Cohn & Wolfe and The LAGRANT Foundation Partner
for Career and Professional Development Workshop in New York

Keynote speaker, Chad Latz (far left), and workshop attendees at Cohn & Wolfe in New York

LOS ANGELES (February 27, 2018 More than a dozen attendees took part in a recent career and professional development workshop hosted in New York by award-winning global communications agency, Cohn & Wolfe, in conjunction with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF).
 
In accordance with the theme of “Innovation Trends and the Future of Brand Marketing,” Cohn & Wolfe Chief Innovation Officer and keynote speaker, Chad Latz, shared with students emerging trends in digital marketing. He also highlighted opportunities and best practices to drive engagement to deliver value for both brands and stakeholders. 
 
Latz, who is also worldwide president of Cohn & Wolfe’s Digital Innovation Group, illustrated how new technologies are changing storytelling and brand interactions into memorable, authentic and high-value experiences.
 
“I was thoroughly impressed by all of the great nuggets and specifically loved that [the] majority of the discussion centered around digital communications,” said workshop attendee, Tahajah Samuels. “Just so great to soak it all in.”
 
Latz added, “It’s essential for emerging marketing professionals to have an understanding of broader media ecosystem and the impact of technology innovation on the work they will ultimately be doing for brands. The LAGRANT Foundation sees this need for our industry, so we were delighted to conduct the program.”

 
As part of its mission, The LAGRANT Foundation partners with a variety of agencies throughout the course of the year, to develop career and professional development workshops for students and professionals in the fields of public relations, marketing and advertising. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Cohn & Wolfe
Cohn & Wolfe, a global communications agency, builds brands and corporate reputations through an uncompromising commitment to creativity. The agency’s strategic approach unearths fresh, relevant insights leading to communications solutions that deliver measurable business success. Throughout its more than 45-year history, Cohn & Wolfe’s world-class integrated marketing communications have attracted top brands around the world, winning awards at the Cannes Lions, the Clios, Eurobest, the Global SABREs and the Global PRWeek Awards. Headquartered in New York, Cohn & Wolfe has more than 50 offices across Asia, EMEA, Latin America and North America, and has been named Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report and ICCO, as well as a Best Place to Work by The Holmes Report, PRWeek and PRNews. Cohn & Wolfe is part of WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY), the world's largest communications services group. http://www.cohnwolfe.com/

Weber Shandwick's Gail Heimann to Deliver
Keynote Speech at TLF 20th Anniversary in New York

Gail Heimann, President, Weber Shandwick

LOS ANGELES (February 23, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is pleased to announce Weber Shandwick president and TLF board member, Gail Heimann, will deliver the keynote address at TLF’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on Monday, May 21 in New York City.
 
“Gail is president of one of the largest and most respected communications and engagement firms in the world,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter. “Who better to address this year’s scholarship recipients? The students will be lucky to hear from her.”
 
As president of Weber Shandwick, Heimann heads an enterprise with offices in 77 cities and a network extending to 129 cities around the world. In 2016, she was inducted into PRWeek’s inaugural Hall of Femme, which recognizes female trailblazers in the communications industry.

 
This year TLF will go bicoastal to celebrate its 20th anniversary with receptions in both New York and San Francisco. Scholarships totaling $250,000 will be awarded to 100 ethnic minority students across the country who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 77 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. The firm's diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek's Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report's Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and The Holmes Report's Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, employee engagement, social impact, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.

Omnicom PR Group's Karen van Bergen and Ketchum's Rob Flaherty to
Serve as TLF 20th Anniversary Chair and Co-Chair in New York

(Left) Karen van Bergen and (Right) Rob Flaherty

LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2018 - Omnicom Public Relations Group CEO Karen van Bergen and Ketchum Chairman Rob Flaherty will serve as the Host Committee Chair and Co-Chair for The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 20th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in New York.
 
Van Bergen is responsible for all public relations and public affairs firms within Omnicom and boasts more than 30 years of experience in the industry while Flaherty, a TLF board member, is senior partner and chairman of Ketchum, one of the world’s top communications firms.
 
This year TLF will go bicoastal to celebrate its 20th anniversary with receptions in both New York and San Francisco. Scholarships totaling $250,000 will be awarded to 100 ethnic minority students across the country who are pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations.  
 
“This year marks 20 years since The LAGRANT Foundation began awarding scholarships and that’s a remarkable accomplishment,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter. “I am humbled by the continued support from leading professionals in the communications industry as we work together to increase the pool of ethnically diverse talent.”   
 
The 2018 Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in New York will take place on Monday, May 21 while its sister event will take place in San Francisco on Monday, June 4.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,300 public relations professionals in more than 380 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries.

About Ketchum
Ketchum is a leading global communications firm with operations in more than 70 countries across six continents. The winner of 45 Cannes Lions and an unprecedented five PRWeek Campaign of the Year Awards, Ketchum partners with clients to deliver strategic programming, game-changing creative and measurable results that build brands and reputations. For more information on Ketchum, a part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, visit www.ketchum.com.

The LAGRANT Foundation Places New Assistant
Account Executive at Weber Shandwick in New York

Chelsea Moore, AAE, Weber Shandwick

LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2018 - In collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), global communications and engagement firm, Weber Shandwick, has welcomed Chelsea Moore to its New York office. As assistant account executive, Moore will provide day-to-day support for five accounts on the Financial Services team.
 
Valedictorian of her class, Moore graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies. In her role at Weber Shandwick, she will be responsible for conducting research, composing media plans, and maintaining media relations, among other tasks.
 
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Moore was a corporate communications trainee at Edelman and Director of Public Relations for Harlem Girls Cheer Inc. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 77 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. The firm's diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek's Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report's Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and The Holmes Report's Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, employee engagement, social impact, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.


TLF Welcomes Burson-Marsteller Worldwide Executive
Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer Chris Foster
to its Board of Directors

Chris Foster, Worldwide Executive Vice President, Burson-Marsteller

LOS ANGELES (February 16, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Chris Foster, Worldwide Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Burson-Marsteller, as its latest board member. Foster will serve on the Foundation’s Training & Development Committee.
 
Foster succeeds Patrick Ford, Worldwide Vice Chair, Senior Adviser, Burson-Marsteller, a longtime TLF supporter who had been a TLF board member since 2016. “While Pat will be missed, I have no doubt he will continue to be engaged in the Foundation’s mission,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

“Chris is incredibly committed to improving diversity and inclusion at his firm and across the public relations industry,” Hunter continued. “I look forward to partnering with him to improve our work in recruiting, developing and advancing top-tier ethnic minority talent.”
                                                                    
Foster has 27 years of communications experience, having led public awareness and communications campaigns for multifaceted organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi, among others.
 
In his role at Burson-Marsteller, Foster spearheads the overall strategic efforts of the firm and works with the firm’s Global Leadership Team, of which he is a member, to facilitate strategic growth initiatives, executive level client counseling and business development across the agency’s global enterprise.
 
Foster is also on the Board of Directors of a variety of organizations, including The International Association for Measurement of Communications (Vice Chair); Inroads, Inc.; and Burgundy Farms Country Day School. He is also a current member of the Executive Leadership Council. Foster has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Continuing Studies – Communications Department; University of Maryland, School of Journalism; and Western Kentucky University.
 
Foster wrote the “Reputation Analytics & Corporate Strategy” chapter published within the NYSE Corporate Governance Guide in November 2014, and wrote the book “Reputation Strategy,” released in 2016.
 
“For us to truly make a difference for our clients, it is important we bring them a well-rounded perspective and that comes from being representative of the diverse marketplace,” said Foster. “Kim Hunter and TLF have been leaders in holding the industry accountable on the diversity issue and I look forward to partnering with him to provide even better training opportunities for the next generation of diverse communications talent.” 


For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 77 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leader in communications services. For more information, please visit www.burson-marsteller.com


The LAGRANT Foundation Places New
Partner-In-Training at Finn Partners Los Angeles

Belia Mercado, Partner-in-Training, Finn Partners

LOS ANGELES (February 13, 2018 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), in partnership with Finn Partners, has placed Belia Mercado with the global marketing, communications and digital agency’s Partners in Training program. Mercado, who is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Public Relations at the University of Southern California, joins Finn Partners at its office in Los Angeles.
 
As a Partner in Training, Mercado’s responsibilities will span across a range of areas including writing, media relations, event planning, social media and more. Partners in Training are positioned to gain professional experience while striving for full time positions at Finn Partners. 
 
A native of Chicago, Mercado received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Purdue University in Indiana as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Finn Partners, she was an account executive for Purdue University’s student-run PR firm, Boiler Communication, and currently serves as a PR assistant to world-renowned Choreographer and Creative Director, JaQuel Knight.

Finn Partners is a proud sponsor and supporter of The LAGRANT Foundation, presenting regular Career and Professional Development Workshops at offices across the country and being represented on the Board of Directors by founding managing partner Gail L. Moaney, APR, Director of the Travel/Lifestyle practice at Finn Partners


For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Finn Partners
Founded in 2011 on the core principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, Finn Partners has tripled in size in just five years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company’s record setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the Finn Partners world through a common philosophy. Finn Partners’ mantra, Work Hard, Play Nice, infuses internal and external relationships, resulting in amazing work and an all-inclusive environment. With 550 professionals, Finn Partners provides its clients with global access and capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in addition to PROI Worldwide. Headquartered in New York, Finn Partners’ other offices are located in: Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C. Find us at finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.


The LAGRANT Foundation surveyed of its 411 scholarship recipients about their jobs, satisfaction, and the foundation's role in their career.

This article was originally featured on PRWeek:
 
More than three-quarters of LAGRANT scholarship recipients are holding jobs within the industry, with 77% working in a communications-related field, according to the Foundation's biennial alumni survey.

Seventeen percent reported working specifically in the PR field in the 2017 survey. In-house jobs at a corporation was the most common type of role cited, with 30% of alumni, but agency employment at either a PR, marketing, or advertising agency was close behind at 24%.

"I’m always delighted by the percentage of people who remain in the industry," said Kim Hunter, president and CEO of The LAGRANT Foundation. "We have many people who do stay in the business and stay within their jobs for two years or three years or more."

Most LAGRANT alumni also reported being satisfied in their career choice (68%). The survey also found a majority of alumni feel heard and valued in their jobs (76%) and four out of five said they have an understanding of their career path.

The LAGRANT Foundation has provided scholarships to 411 ethnic minority students since it began in 1998, awarding more than $2.1 million over 19 years. Respondents were also asked about how LAGRANT has helped in their careers and what more the Foundation can do for them.

About 27% said LAGRANT helped them with job or internship placement and the majority (54%) of alumni credit LAGRANT’s professional development and (66%) networking opportunities for helping their careers. More than half expressed interest in serving as a mentor and almost three in four said they were interested in events focused on their ethnic group.

Hunter said he and the board are looking to act on suggestions.

"There are two main things: they would like to have more board and donor engagement and mentorship," Hunter said. "One of the four prongs of the organization that we have not really done a good enough job with and had the resources for was mentorship. Fifty-one percent did not have a mentor, so we’re thinking of building out a robust mentorship program to get the board more engaged."


Finn Partners & Weber Shandwick
Welcome TLF-Affiliated Rising Talent

(L-R) Briahnna Gibson & Martin Montebon

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2017 Finn Partners and Weber Shandwick, in collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently welcomed two rising professionals to their teams.

Finn Partners recently welcomed Briahnna Gibson to the agency’s New York office as an assistant account executive in its
travel and lifestyle practice, led by Gail L. Moaney, founding managing partner and TLF Board Member. In her role, Gibson assists with media relations efforts, and actively engages with clients’ social media channels through strategic efforts such as monitoring, posting and responding to comments and customer service inquiries.

Gibson’s gravitation toward lifestyle brands led her to possess quality experience with well-known companies. Gibson assisted fashion brand Topshop/Topman as a public relations intern, where she executed weekly press coverage reports for upper level management in the United Kingdom and prepared financial reports, budgets and invoices. Gibson is a recent graduate of LIM College, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.

Joining the Weber Shandwick San Francisco team as an Integrated Media Intern is Martin Montebon. As an intern, Montebon will build skills and support clients across earned and owned media, organic and paid social, and using analytics to build data-driven programs.

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Montebon served as a public and media relations intern for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he served as a liaison between media and the Lakers organization. In his role, he assisted in the development and distribution of media packets and relevant media documents in preparation for the Laker’s press room. Montebon also supported the Lakers with the execution and production of events. Montebon is a recent graduate of California State University, Long Beach where he received a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies. 

Finn Partners and Weber Shandwick are dedicated supporters of TLF and its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. TLF’s partnership with industry agencies and organizations provide opportunities for career-minded students and professionals.
 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Finn Partners
Founded in 2011 on the core principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, Finn Partners has tripled in size in just five years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company’s record setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the Finn Partners world through a common philosophy. Finn Partners’ mantra, Work Hard, Play Nice, infuses internal and external relationships, resulting in amazing work and an all-inclusive environment. With 550 professionals, Finn Partners provides its clients with global access and capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in addition to PROI Worldwide. Headquartered in New York, Finn Partners’ other offices are located in: Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C. Find us at finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 80 cities across 34 countries, with a network extending to 128 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, employee engagement, social impact, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.


Burson-Marsteller & TLF Host Career & Professional
Development Workshops to Promote 
Harold Burson Summer Internship Program

Burson-Marsteller team members and workshop attendees in Chicago,
Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.


LOS ANGELES (December 12, 2017 Burson-Marsteller recently hosted four Career & Professional Development Workshops in collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., respectively, to promote its U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program.

The HBSI Program offers talented rising seniors, 2018 graduates and current graduate students with a paid internship at one of Burson-Marsteller’s offices nationwide. The program provides interns an invaluable and hands-on experience by working closely with Burson-Marsteller’s seasoned professionals, engaging clients and participating in team meetings. Each year, Burson-Marsteller, a longtime supporter of the Foundation, considers TLF-affiliated students for acceptance into the HBSI Program.

During the workshops, Burson-Marsteller team members provided an overview of how the firm has evolved over the years and continues to be a leader in the industry and shared insights into day-to-day agency life. They also quizzed the students on current events to underscore the critical need to stay informed, as breaking news can have an immediate impact on a client’s business.

The workshops also provided attendees with case studies from Burson-Marsteller’s Corporate & Financial Communications, Consumer & Brand Marketing and Technology practices. In addition, students learned how a client’s business can span many practice areas.

The firm’s teams shared personal experiences working at an agency, offered advice on how to break into the industry and adjust to post-graduate life. The team also answered questions regarding the HBSI program.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance across the four workshops represented American University; Baruch College; Brooklyn College/City University of New York; Columbia College Chicago; California State University, Dominguez Hills; California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Northridge; DePaul University; George Mason University; Hofstra University; Howard University; Loyola University Chicago; New York University; Pepperdine University; Queens College; Santa Monica College; Syracuse University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Santa Barbara; and the University of Southern California.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 77 offices and 85 affiliated offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leader in communication services. For more information, please visit http://www.burson-marsteller.com/.


Weber Shandwick & TLF Host Career & Professional
​Development Workshop
Students and Professionals Participate in Engaging Discussion on Creativity

Career & Professional Development Workshop at Weber Shandwick New York

NEW YORK (December 7, 2017 Weber Shandwick and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently hosted a Career & Professional Development Workshop, where communications students and professionals participated in a discussion on creativity within the industry.

Hosted at Weber Shandwick’s office in New York, the workshop was a one-of-a-kind opportunity for college students and professionals to attend. Gail Heimann, president of Weber Shandwick and TLF Board Member, served as the evening’s keynote speaker.

The workshop’s theme, “Creativity Gets You Everywhere,” discussed the importance of creativity and innovative thinking in the industry. Guests received a presentation from Heimann, a trailblazer known for pushing the boundaries of innovation in the industry.

“Gail’s presentation made me put my role with creativity into perspective,” said Executive Trainee at Ruder Finn Avarisse Crawford. “While my sister and brother received the artistic gene from my father, I unfortunately did not. As the eldest of four, I often find myself being the protector of that creativity, which I believe correlates to crisis.”

The workshop concluded with a Q&A and networking session, where attendees had the opportunity to meet and speak with Heimann, as well as network with Weber Shandwick team members and other professionals in attendance.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented Baruch College, Cornell University, Drexel University, Lindenwood University, Syracuse University and New York University.

“Seeing and hearing Gail at Weber Shandwick was a really great experience – I learned so much about creativity in PR,” said Jade Song, TLF scholar and student at Cornell University.

Throughout the year, TLF hosts various Career & Professional Development Workshops in partnership with various agencies and corporations, where students and professionals can network and further enhance their professional development.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 31 Cannes Lions since 2009 and are credited as PR agency on an additional 25 Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.


TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter
​Inducted to PRWeek's 2017 Hall of Fame
 

This article was originally featured on PRWeek:
 
Multimillion-dollar integrated marketing communications firm LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS is the brainchild of founder, president, and CEO Kim Hunter, a long-standing champion and pioneer of diversity in the marketing and comms sectors.

What profession would you like to attempt other than your own?
CIA agent or appointment by the president to be ambassador to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, or Chile in that order.

When was the last time you  experienced a truly fist-pumping victory moment?
The launch of KLH & Associates. The response has been phenomenal. Many Fortune 500 companies retained the executive search firm to source and place ethnically diverse candidates. My only regret is I should have done this 15 years ago.

When was the last time you endured an "agony of defeat" moment? What did you learn from it?
Losing Southern California Edison after  23 years. But I learned to be focused and pursue new business that is committed and have significantly larger budgets in diversity marketing, such as Covered California. While we lost the Edison account, which was worth $75,000, we gained a multimillion-dollar account within the same week.

How long ago was the last time you truly took the time to recharge your batteries? What did you do? 
Despite being a workaholic, I always make time for vacations. My birthday is an international holiday for me, and I go somewhere I have never been. This year I went to Finland and Norway. I’ve been to Vietnam and Korea, Ireland and Scotland, among others.

What do you find most frustrating about working in your current industry? 
A lack of true leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion.

When have you seen your industry shine? 
When Ann Fudge was named CEO of Young & Rubicam. She was the first African-American woman to lead a global ad agency and has been the last, unfortunately.

Favorite drink?
Red or white wine, particularly from Santa Barbara County.

What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

Be curious, courageous, adventurous, and kind.


Weber Shandwick & TLF Host Career & Professional
​Development Workshops
Multi-City Workshops Engage Students Interested in the 
Communications Industry

Weber Shandwick team members and workshop attendees in San Francisco & St. Louis

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2017 Weber Shandwick, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently hosted two multi-city Career & Professional Development Workshops in San Francisco and St. Louis, where students gained insight into Weber Shandwick’s company culture and internship opportunities.

Workshop attendees were exposed to career guidance from Weber Shandwick team members, and were informed of the company’s various client services and internship opportunities. In San Francisco, the team shared examples of integrated media work and elaborated on their integrated media internship. 

The workshop in St. Louis shared the ins and outs of internships by providing attendees with a presentation on “What Makes a Great Intern,” which also introduced guests to a snapshot of agency life at Weber Shandwick and the work the organization conducts worldwide.

Both workshops treated guests to an “Ask Me Anything” panel and Q&A session led by Weber Shandwick team members. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and network with senior level staff members on career opportunities and additional resources for successful careers in the communications industry.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance of the multi-city workshops represented California State University, East Bay, Golden Gate University, Lindenwood University, Maryville University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Southern Illinois University, University of California, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Webster University.

TLF’s Career & Professional Development Workshops serve as a gateway for students and industry professionals to learn more about the communications industry. In partnership with various agencies and corporations, TLF is able to facilitate professional development opportunities to career-driven individuals.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 31 Cannes Lions since 2009 and are credited as PR agency on an additional 25 Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.


First Ever Alumna to join its Board of Directors
Verizon Director of Communications & Former TLF Scholarship Recipient
Jessica Shih to Join the Alumni Committee

Jessica Shih, Director of Communications, Verizon

LOS ANGELES (November 13, 2017 Jessica Shih, director of communications at Verizon, has become the first alumna in the history of The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to join its board of directors. Shih, a 1999 scholarship recipient, was one of the first students ever to be awarded a TLF scholarship. She will serve on the alumni committee where she will support alumni engagement and philanthropy as well as provide input on the biennial alumni tracking survey.

At Verizon, Shih leads the strategy for corporate social responsibility programs and multicultural public relations programs to drive brand affinity and business growth. Under her leadership, Verizon won two PRSA Big Apple awards for a multicultural campaign. She inspires passion in her team and creates brand-building campaigns that highlight Verizon’s commitment to technology and innovation. She was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business honor. 

“I am honored to be the first alumna to join TLF’s Board of Directors. With AI, VR and AR technologies driving the future potential of PR, we need more diverse perspectives and leadership in the communication and marketing fields that understand culture in order to deliver real value to our clients,” said Shih. 

As a former TLF scholarship recipient, Shih has continued to support the Foundation by mentoring young professionals and assisting with the scholarship recipient selection process. She has also volunteered with organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Shih’s dedication to philanthropy has fueled her work in corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining Verizon, Shih was the External Relations Manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where she led brand public relations strategy for Wella Professionals, P&G Salon Professional’s billion-dollar megabrand that is now part of the COTY family.

“This is truly one of the biggest joys of starting this Foundation 19 years ago—seeing the fruits of labor come to fruition! Jessica is both a protégé and friend who has maintained a relationship for close to two decades. Jessica is a pride and joy of both TLF and me personally,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
 
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Arthur W. Page Society's Leaders of Tomorrow Event Shares
the Importance of Diversity & Inclusion
in the Communications Industry

Arthur W. Page Society’s Leaders of Tomorrow event series at W2O Group’s office in San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO (November 7, 2017 On Thursday, October 19, 2017 the Arthur W. Page Society held its second Leaders of Tomorrow event, hosted by The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) and W2O Group, to raise awareness about the importance of increasing diversity and inclusion in corporate communications. Held at W2O Group’s San Francisco office, the event was a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates and young professionals to interact and learn alongside Page members and seasoned professionals about the importance of diversity in the industry.

A panel discussion made up of professionals from W2O Group, Stanford Health Care and Chevron advised attendees on how to break into the industry. The panel of professionals showcased diversity in age, gender and ethnic and racial diversity to reflect the diverse makeup of the communications profession. During the event, speakers shared insights on how next-generation practitioners can take their careers to the next level.

Attendees of the Leaders of Tomorrow event series were also exposed to top organizations and professionals that value and have a strong commitment to diversity. Those in attendance contributed to a Q&A discussion and networked with Page Up and Page members such as Chief of Communications, Office of the Chairman & CEO at Kaiser Permanente Donna Uchida.

Page members in attendance represented leading companies such as FleishmanHillard. The event series served as an opportunity for education and collaboration on a critical industry topic, where attendees shared ideas and new innovations to address diversity & inclusion in the workforce.

Additional attendees included new and seasoned industry professionals from Edelman, Equal Rights Advocates, Google and IBM.

Students in attendance represented Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Arthur W. Page Society
The Arthur W. Page Society is the world's leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives and educators who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession.
 
Our membership consists primarily of chief communications officers (CCOs) of Fortune 500 corporations and leading non-profit organizations, the CEOs of the world's foremost public relations agencies, and academics from top business and communications schools who have distinguished themselves teaching and/or studying corporate communications. The Page Society has strict membership criteria that ensure it remains an exclusive assembly of the very best and brightest of the profession.
 
Since its founding in 1983, the Page Society has brought together senior communications leaders from different industries who are interested in helping each other become more effective in their role and perpetuating high professional standards – which have been codified in the eponymous "Page Principles."


About W2O Group
Founded and led by CEO Jim Weiss in 2001, W2O is an independent network of complementary digitally-oriented marketing and communications firms focused on integrated business solutions to drive change and growth for the world's leading brands and organizations. W2O is built on insight integration, a strategic approach based on unearthing transformative insights and integrating them —across all marcom disciplines—for our clients’ brands. The goal is to create Unfair Advantage for our clients who face dramatic challenges in a shifting environment by following the right data to get to the solution. The right data clarifies your audience, what matters to them, and where your brand fits in their lives. W2O employs proprietary analytics models, methodologies and approaches in a digital world to design precise communications and marketing strategies and engagement to deliver sustained business results. W2O’s network includes WCGTwist MktgPureMarketeching and Sentient, with a growing footprint of offices in the United States and Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.w2ogroup.com/.


Porter Novelli & Weber Shandwick
Welcome New Talent

(L-R) Briana Caffee, Irma Guardado

LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2017 Porter Novelli and Weber Shandwick, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently welcomed Briana Caffee and Irma Guardado as interns.

Briana Caffee, a 2016 TLF scholarship recipient, joins Porter Novelli as a public relations intern in Seattle. Caffee will be responsible for assisting in the development of written materials, including: press kits, pitch letters, coverage recaps, press releases and general client correspondence. She is also directly involved in the research process of tracking consumer and marketplace trends on behalf of clients.

Porter Novelli encourages interns to take on active member roles within account teams, while also providing mentorship. Throughout her internship, Caffee will be assigned a mentor to help guide her to excel in the public relations and business industry environments.

Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Caffee was a public relations intern at Richmond Public Relations, an independent public relations firm, where she assisted in media coverage, reporting for several different clients. She also created awareness for client events by developing numerous calendar alerts. Caffee has also volunteered her time and skills for Amara, a nonprofit organization centered on foster care and foster families, where she served as a public relations volunteer. Caffee is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a minor in global health.
 
Weber Shandwick welcomes Irma Guardado as an integrated media intern in its San Francisco office. In her role, Guardado will support the Weber Shandwick team by creating original work such as video projects, pitching stories to the media and assisting in event coordination and logistics. Guardado’s creative eye and artistic talent have been showcased through previous internships.
 
Prior to her internship at Weber Shandwick, Guardado served as a student success intern for ¡Adelante! Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Taskforce at San José State University. Guardado assisted the taskforce with social media marketing, as well as event planning, and creating campaigns and flyers celebrating Women’s History Month. Guardado is a recent graduate of San José State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations with a minor in communications studies.

Porter Novelli and Weber Shandwick are dedicated supporters of TLF and its mission to diversify the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. These partnerships allow TLF to support its alumni as well as connect new professionals to internship opportunities with leading organizations to advance their careers.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Porter Novelli
Porter Novelli is one of the world’s leading public relations agencies. With 90 offices in nearly 60 countries, Porter Novelli delivers best-in-class service to clients around the globe. As the agency that pioneered social marketing, Porter Novelli’s heritage is grounded in influence – motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors that are rooted in cultural and social norms. This is achieved by identifying and activating against key insights that drive transformational change – going beyond just “solving a problem”. The result is greater than just influencing people – Porter Novelli makes them believe. For additional information, please visit www.porternovelli.com. Porter Novelli is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 31 Cannes Lions since 2009 and are credited as PR agency on an additional 25 Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.


Weight Watchers Global Head of Corporate Communications 
Stacie Sherer Joins TLF’s Board of Directors 

Stacie Sherer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2017 Leading the communication efforts of the world’s leading provider of weight management services, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Weight Watchers International, Inc., Stacie Sherer, joins The LAGRANT Foundation’s board of directors. Sherer manages the corporate communications functions globally for the company. She will serve on the TLF Talent Acquisition Committee.

Sherer has more than 20 years of communications experience across a range of categories and communications disciplines. In her current role, she serves as the global head of internal and external communications for Weight Watchers. In this role, she is building a global corporate communications function for the $1.2 billion, publicly-traded company. She partners with President and CEO, Mindy Grossman, and members of the Executive Committee to create a purpose-driven organization that delivers a meaningful human impact globally. Sherer joined Weight Watchers in 2012 as Vice President of Public Relations.
 
Prior to Weight Watchers, she spent 15 years at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, serving clients across a range of industries in New York, San Francisco and Asia-Pacific. Throughout her career, she has advised many clients across communications disciplines - from public relations and marketing communications to public affairs and issues management.

“Stacie is a well-respected communications professional with a strong and diverse network across agencies and communications heads at brands,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “I trust that she will offer great advice and counsel on the TLF board of directors as she has done over the years with her clients and senior leaders at Weight Watchers.”

In 2016, she was recognized by Weight Watchers with the Office of the CEO Award for her exceptional performance. When she is not in the office she takes time to give back to the community serving on the board of Dancewave, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit making the dance experience accessible to all.
 
Sherer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is one of the most recognized and trusted brand names among weight-conscious consumers. Weight Watchers provides commercial weight management services through a global network of Company-owned and franchise operations and offers innovative, digital weight management products through its websites, mobile sites and apps. These services and products are built on the Company’s weight management program, which helps millions of people around the world lose weight through sensible and sustainable food plans, activity, behavior modification and group support. Weight Watchers has an unparalleled network of service providers to assist members on their journey and also offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those interested in weight loss and healthier living.


Hispanic Advertising Game-Changer Andrew Orcí
Joins TLF Board of Directors 

Andrew Orcí, President & CEO, Orcí

LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2017 Fueled by the growth of the Latino market and its ever-changing needs, Hispanic advertising game-changer Andrew Orcí joins The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) board of directors. As President & CEO of the Orcí agency, Orcí oversees the independent Hispanic advertising agency that, for the past three decades, has been responsible for the success of many Fortune 500 brands, reach the heart strings and core values of the Latino consumer.

Orcí brings more than 15 years of agency experience to TLF’s board of directors and will serve on the Foundation’s Alumni Committee. As part of the committee, Orcí will collaborate alongside TLF staff by hosting events in key industry markets and fostering relationships with alumni, board members and strategic partners.

A pioneer in Hispanic advertising, Orcí effectively provides a positive and accurate representation of the Latino community’s culture and values to the mass media. Consumer brands such as long-time clients American Honda Motor Co., Union Bank and Dole have often sought Orcí’s expertise.

Orcí has gravitated toward positions and projects that help bring people together for the purpose of creating harmony and alignment. A second-generation Mexican-American born in Mexico City, Orcí has a strong passion for inclusiveness and can relate and empathize with the goals and lives of many Latinos in the United States.

Since being appointed President & CEO, Orcí has focused on evolving the agency. In addition to overseeing Orcí’s day-to-day operations, he spearheads Orcí’s entertainment division, producing movies, television shows and digital content.

Orcí received his Bachelor of Arts degree in film from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies and the American Advertising Federation (AAF), where he serves on the board. 

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Orcí
Orcí is a full-service multicultural agency specializing in connecting to the hearts and minds of today’s Latinos through creativity, insight, innovation and technology. As pioneers of marketing to this important consumer group, we’ve launched over 30 brands and helped over 100 more clients with engaging, motivating, and inciting purchase.


Burson-Marsteller & WE Communications
Promote TLF Interns to Full-Time Employees

(L-R) Kavita Raval, Kia Vang

LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2017 Burson-Marsteller and WE Communications recently promoted former interns and TLF scholars to full-time entry-level positions. 

Sourced by The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), Kavita Raval and Kia Vang are scholarship recipients who successfully completed internship positions with Burson-Marsteller and WE Communications and accepted full-time offers. 

Burson-Marsteller promoted Kavita Raval to client staff assistant in its Public Affairs & Crisis team in New York. Raval, a 2016 TLF scholarship recipient, joined Burson-Marsteller in Washington D.C. as an intern for the 2017 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program. She was one of 32 interns chosen for the intensive program which provides rising seniors, recent graduates and graduate students with valuable, real-world agency experience as they work closely with seasoned public relations professionals in practice groups and client teams across the Burson-Marsteller network. Raval is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communications studies.

WE Communications promoted Kia Vang, a 2015 TLF scholarship recipient, to assistant account executive in its Seattle office. Vang first joined the WE Communications team as an intern, where she was responsible for assisting with technology public relations and crisis communications efforts. Prior to working with WE Communications, she was a public relations intern at Curator PR, where she tracked daily media coverage for multimillion dollar clients such as Macy’s. Vang is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a minor in diversity.

TLF’s partnerships with Burson-Marsteller and WE Communications allow young professionals to access unique internship opportunities by working with different account teams and networking with industry professionals. 

The two agencies have been long-time supporters of the Foundation and its mission to increase the number of minorities pursuing careers in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About WE
WE works with some of the most innovative companies on the planet — those focused on delivering the next big thing. With a media landscape that is moving, pulsing and constantly evolving, brands must navigate everything from industry disruption and technology shifts to stakeholder mandates and political headwinds. In turn, brand stories have to move with new velocity and sync across every device and platform. Using our Momentum methodology, we partner with clients to create transformative communications that are rooted in insight and drive big impact. Our fiercely independent mindset allows us the freedom to bring together the best talent, ideas and partners, through our revolutionary partnership approach, The PLUS Network, to create powerful, persuasive campaigns. Shiny accolades like Cannes Lions, SABREs, Best APAC Medium Agency and PRWeek Award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital adorn our offices. We’re global, speak 37 languages and we’re not much for standing still. But it’s not about us, it’s about our clients, their customers and setting their brands in motion. Time to move. http://www.we-worldwide.com/

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 77 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leader in communications services. For more information, please visit www.burson-marsteller.com


Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer at eBay
Inc., Daniel Tarman, Joins TLF Board of Directors



​Daniel Tarman, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, eBay Inc. 

LOS ANGELES (September 25, 2017 The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes eBay Inc. Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Daniel Tarman, to TLF’s board of directors. Tarman leads a 100-person global communications team for one of the largest e-commerce platforms in the world. He will serve on the TLF Talent Acquisition Committee.

In his role, Tarman is responsible for all of eBay’s communications efforts, including employee and culture communications, corporate communications, executive communications, consumer engagement, Global Impact, social media, media relations, and brand and reputation management. He also chairs the eBay Foundation.
 
Prior to eBay, Tarman served as the executive vice president and global head of corporate communications for PIMCO, one of the world’s leading fixed income investment management firms, for eight years. 

Tarman’s extensive professional background has brought him leadership experience holding senior communications roles for companies such as Burson-Marsteller, Countrywide Financial Corporation and VISA. Tarman has a strong record of management within the global and corporate communications field to drive change. 

 
In addition to leading eBay’s communications efforts, Tarman is also actively involved in the industry serving on the Board of Directors of the USC Annenberg School Center for Public Relations, the Board of Directors of the Ad Council and is a member of the PR Seminar as well as the Arthur W. Page Society, two distinguished organizations for communications professionals.

Tarman earned his juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, and a B.A, in International Relations from Tulane University.

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About the EBAY
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global consumer leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2016, eBay enabled $84 billions of gross merchandise volume.

For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

The LAGRANT Foundation Partners with Latino Communications Institute at
California State University, Fullerton

LOS ANGELES (September 11, 2017 - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partners with the Latino Communications Institute (LCI) at California State University, Fullerton to offer professional development resources to Latino students pursuing careers in communications. TLF and LCI will work together to provide students with access to scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships, internships/fellowships and entry-level positions.

“TLF and LCI share a common goal of providing Latino students with optimal resources for careers in the communications industry. Together, we can make sure that these students are getting the tools that they need to be successful in this industry,” said TLF Chairman & CEO Kim L. Hunter.

The Latino Communications Institute is a program that prepares U.S. Latino students for the workforce by developing cultural competency. LCI is an initiative of the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, a leading university in California and the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics. LCI students, many of whom who are first-generation college students, are connected to scholarships, internship opportunities, training and mentorships in an effort to build a solid pipeline of career-ready Latino graduates. 

“We’re excited to partner with TLF and expand upon the programs and employment opportunities available to our students,” said Inez Gonzalez, founding director of the Latino Communications Institute.

Through this new partnership, TLF and LCI will collaborate to prepare students for careers in communications and increase the number of ethnic minorities in the field. LCI students will have access to career-building and networking events, internships and employment opportunities with major corporations and global integrated communications agencies.  

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About Latino Communications Institute
The Latino Communications Institute (LCI) is a workforce preparedness program that supports the development of U.S. Latino cultural competency through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.  LCI continues to build a pipeline of talented Latino millennials who are career-ready.  Many LCI students are first-generation college students who find life-changing training, internship connections and mentorships during their course of study. 


TLF Alum Named Finalists in PR Council's 2017 Student Innovation Challenge

USC Center for Public Relations to Sponsor Finalists’ Trip to New York for Award Ceremony



(L-R) TLF 2017 Scholarship Recipients Natalie Balladarsch and Kris Nguyen

LOS ANGELES (September 7, 2017 - The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 2017 Scholarship Recipients Natalie Balladarsch and Kris Nguyen have been named finalists in PR Council’s 2017 Student Innovation Challenge. As runners-up, the two University of Southern California (USC) students will have their video showcased to senior communications leaders at PR Council’s Annual Dinner & Diversity Distinction Awards on September 14 in New York. USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Center for Public Relations (CPR) will sponsor the finalists’ trip to New York for the awards ceremony.

PR Council’s Student Innovation Challenge, designed to empower future generations of communications professionals, asks students to create a video and communications campaign that addresses the topic of diversity. Balladarsch and Nguyen’s entry, “A Lasting Movement for Diversity & Inclusion at USC,” proposes the implementation of a course that focuses on communicating and empathizing with others in the modern society. The course would be a requirement for general education and provide students with the opportunity to build empathy and understanding by engaging in meaningful conversations with others from diverse backgrounds. While USC has one of the most ethnically diverse student populations in California, this proposed course would also focus on differences of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, age and ability. “A Lasting Movement for Diversity & Inclusion at USC,” was selected as runner-up out of 40 entries in teams of two for creativity, comprehensive strategy and effective communication.

The Center for Public Relations in USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will provide lodging and airfare for the finalists’ trip to New York for PR Council’s Annual Dinner & Diversity Distinction Awards, where the finalists will have the opportunity to network with top industry professionals. Both finalists are sophomore undergraduate students as USC, with Balladarsch pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and Nguyen studying business and advertising.

“I am thrilled to see two Trojans committed to championing a movement for diversity and inclusion in their community. The opportunities that organizations like TLF and PR Council provide are crucial to the progress of higher education institutions and the communications industry,” said Fred Cook, director of the USC Center for Public Relations, professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and chairman of Golin.

To view “A Lasting Movement for Diversity & Inclusion at USC,” click here.  

For more information on TLF, please visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/

About the PR Council (PRC)
Established in 1998, the PR Council (PRC) is composed of America’s premier global, midsize, regional and specialty agencies across every discipline and practice. It is the leading trade association for agencies, designed to empower the present and next generation of communications professionals, industry innovators and business leaders through education, events and industry resources. The governing body is an 18-member, highly active Board of Directors, comprised solely of agency CEOs/owners/principals. The PRC’s active members from over 105 leading U.S. agencies represent more than 80% (est.) of all U.S. PR firm revenues and employ over 12,000 professionals.

About the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards
The PR Council’s Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, in partnership with PRWeek, honors members of the communications community who strive to create greater awareness for diversity and inclusion in our workforce, and innovative programming to make it happen.


TLF Alum Reflect on 2017 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program
Weber Shandwick Shares the Value of Integrated Media with San Francisco Students
 


Weber Shandwick Career & Professional Development Workshop in San Francisco, CA
 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (August 24, 2017) – Weber Shandwick’s San Francisco office recently hosted an interactive career and professional development workshop to educate public relations students and young professionals on integrated media and expose them to agency careers. Lead by TLF Alumna and Weber Shandwick Digital Director, Danielle Calhoun, the workshop provided attendees with practical tips for pursuing careers in public relations and hands-on experience developing creative campaigns.

After providing an overview of the agency, Weber Shandwick’s team presented case studies and expounded on the basics of integrated media. Attendees and agency professionals worked in teams to
develop integrated marketing campaigns for a fictional product, exposing the attendees to the type of work they would be challenged with during an internship. The attendees collaborated with agency strategists to produce ideas for earned, paid and owned media as well as events.

An open panel discussion on the agency experience featured professionals in paid media, analytics, influencer marketing, healthcare and digital. Attendees engaged in the Q&A and gained insight into life at Weber Shandwick and the everyday experience at a public relations and communications agency. The evening concluded with a meet and greet and open networking session.

Students in attendance represented Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Barbara and University of San Francisco.
 
About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 31 Cannes Lions since 2009 and are credited as PR agency on an additional 25 Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.

TLF Alum Reflect on 2017 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program

LOS ANGELES (August 8, 2017) For the third year in a row, Burson-Marsteller and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered to welcome three talented ethnic minority interns into the Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program. The U.S. HBSI Program provides college seniors, recent graduates and graduate students with valuable, real-world agency experience as they work closely with public relations professionals in practice groups and client teams.

Below, interns Kavita Raval, Stephany Rodas and Sydney Tukes reflect on what they found to be the most rewarding components of the HBSI program and what they took away from the experience.


Kavita Raval (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2016) – Public Affairs & Crisis Practice, Washington, D.C.

My experience this summer as an HBSI intern in the Public Affairs & Crisis Practice has been invaluable to my professional career goals. Through this internship, I was given the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how successful public relations campaigns are managed on local, national and international scales. By working in the public affairs sector with big-name clients in industries ranging from financial services to automotive, I learned how to identify important political influencers and craft integrated communication plans. Furthermore, I now have experience pitching stories to well-known reporters on behalf of my clients as well as managing important stakeholder engagements.

If I had to pick one aspect of the HBSI program that I found most rewarding, it would definitely be connecting one-on-one with the movers and shakers of the public relations industry—the professionals who dedicate their careers to upholding the prestigious Burson-Marsteller legacy. It was a great privilege to chat with former White House officials, award-winning news journalists, foreign service experts and crisis communications professionals as they shared their amazing career experiences with us. All of the agency professionals who we met emphasized the importance of becoming great storytellers, as they believed this skill would be crucial to our future success in the public relations industry. I am incredibly thankful for the unique partnership between The LAGRANT Foundation and Burson-Marsteller, as the HBSI program has thoroughly prepared me for a challenging, yet rewarding career moving forward!



Stephany Rodas (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) - Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice, New York 

As I prepare for my final year in graduate school, I am walking away from the HBSI program with a greater passion for the public relations industry. There was no assignment that I was tasked with throughout my time here that did not challenge me. From sitting in on brainstorming sessions to bringing in new business to formulating effective social media strategies for an event activation, there was no task that did not require creativity and strategic thinking.

Beyond it all was the unique opportunity to see client-based work come to life – I was a part of a media tour with top-tier outlets, pitched publications to garner additional hits and even conducted a Facebook Live segment with TeenVogue! There was never a dull moment in the Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice and I am convinced that this internship will propel me forward into my career. I am truly grateful to The LAGRANT Foundation and its partnership with the HBSI program for without them I would not have become a part of such an exciting company!






Sydney Tukes (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) - Corporate and Financial Communications Practice, New York

As a rising senior at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the HBSI program was an invaluable experience. I spent an entire summer surrounded by well-respected and sought-after leaders within the industry. Not only was I able to glean from them, but I also had a chance to cultivate relationships with some of them and as an intern that is an incredible opportunity.

This summer, I stepped outside my comfort zone. Whether it was pitching to broadcast reporters or juggling multiple deadlines – I was challenged. I was able to learn new skills and incorporate them into client w
ork. It was rewarding to see my ideas and work applied to Fortune 500 companies.

The LAGRANT Foundation and Burson-Marsteller have both played pivotal roles in my professional development. I feel more prepared and ready to pursue a successful career in public relations.


As the summer ends, my time here will be greatly missed.


Click here to learn more about the Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program.


About Burson-Marsteller

Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 77 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leader in communications services. For more information, please visit www.burson-marsteller.com.


Waste Management Interns Get Crafty and Share Their Experience In Corporate Communications


LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2017) - Waste Management interns Abby Mendoza (University of Houston '18) and Evan Neuhoff (Hawaii Pacific University '19) share their experience working in corporate communications as they make flexagons and share facts about recycling. 

Please click here to watch the video.

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Featured on CBS Detroit 62 "Michigan Matters" 


(L-R) TLF Chairman & CEO Kim L. Hunter, General Motors SVP of Global Communications Tony Cervone, TLF 2017 Scholarship Recipient Johnny L. Ricks and CBS Detroit 62 Senior Producer & Host Carol Cain.
 

LOS ANGELES (July 24, 2017) TLF was recently featured on CBS Detroit 62 "Michigan Matters" in a segment on the arts & culture scene in Detroit. TLF Chairman & CEO Kim L. Hunter, General Motors SVP of Global Communications and TLF Board Member, Tony Cervone and 2017 Scholarship Recipient Johnny L. Ricks discuss diversity in communications, the Foundation's mission and the 19th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception.

Please click here to watch the interview.


Lenovo Worldwide Vice President & Chief Communications Officer,
Torod B. Neptune, Rejoins TLF Board of Directors
 

Torod B. Neptune, Worldwide Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Lenovo
 

LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2017) Torod B. Neptune, worldwide vice president & chief communications officer at Lenovo, has rejoined The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) board of directors. Neptune previously served on the board twice during his career at Verizon and WE Communications. He will serve on the talent acquisition committee where he will support the recruitment and development of new talent.

In his current role at Lenovo, Neptune oversees the worldwide marketing analytics and social intelligence and insights teams, global product training, corporate and product public relations, corporate social responsibilities, global social media, events & sponsorships, financial, internal & executive communications and the company’s charitable foundation. Prior to Lenovo, Neptune was corporate vice president of corporate communications at Verizon.

“This will be my third time serving on the board and I’m eager to return. I look forward to continue providing my support for TLF and expanding opportunities for ethnic minorities in communications,” said Neptune.

Neptune has held various communication roles at Verizon, WE Communications, U.S. House of Representatives, Bank of America Corporation and Weber Shandwick among other reputable agencies and corporations. Recognized in PRWeek’s “Power 50” and The Holmes Report’s “Influence 100,” Neptune has a proven track record of delivering results as a global communications leader.

“Torod is truly one of the top communicators in the industry and an advocate for diversity and inclusion. He walks the walk and talks the talk.” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

About Lenovo
Lenovo is a $45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps.


W2O Group and TLF Welcome Four New Faces to Healthcare Communications


Zahara Fisher, Jenna Aguilera, Karen Kyi and Perla Serrano


LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2017) W2O Group, in partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), recently welcomed four bright, aspiring communicators to multiple offices across the country. The four new team members will contribute to various areas of the agency’s public relations and communications teams.

Zahara Fisher will join the firm as a full-time account associate for the Chicago office. Fisher recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland. She will support healthcare clients in terms of communications, news monitoring and trends, and assist with analysis and digital intelligence efforts. You can listen to podcast interviews with the four new members here.

As part of the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program, launched by W2O Group Founder and CEO, Jim Weiss and TLF Chairman and CEO, Kim L. Hunter, three ethnic minority students, sourced by TLF, will join the agency to assist with healthcare communications and gain valuable work experience. The program was created with the purpose of expanding on TLF’s mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the communications workforce.
  • Jenna Aguilera (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) joined Twist Mktg, a W2O Group company, as a public relations fellow in its New York office. Aguilera is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations at Pepperdine University.
  • Karen Kyi (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) joined W2O Group’s office in San Francisco as an account intern. Kyi is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Perla Serrano joined W2O Group’s office in San Francisco as an account intern. Serrano is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations at San Jose State University.
“It’s critical that our partnership with TLF provide meaningful results and bring diverse perspectives to healthcare marketing and communications,” said Weiss. “These young professionals are the future of the field and add substantial value that should be recognized and cultivated.”

The 10-week, paid fellowship will provide the fellows with the opportunity to work on projects with real clients in one of the agency’s offices in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Boston or Minneapolis. Aguilera, Kyi and Serrano will be responsible for tracking media coverage, supporting clients, researching industry trends and providing insights on findings from a diverse perspective.

“The Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program is not only preparing young, ethnic minority professionals for careers in communications, but is also filling a gap in healthcare communications and reshaping a workforce that does not adequately reflect the communities it serves. We look forward to continuing this program and developing the next generation of healthcare communicators,” said Hunter.

About W2O Group
Founded and led by Chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing, communications, research and development firms focused on integrated business solutions to drive change and growth through “pragmatic disruption” for the world’s leading brands and organizations. http://www.w2ogroup.com/


Cohn & Wolfe and WE Communications Welcome New Talent

TLF Sources Candidates for Its Agency Partners



Marissa Bramwell and Kia Vang


LOS ANGELES (June 28, 2017) - In partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), Cohn & Wolfe and WE Communications recently welcomed new talent to their teams. The two agencies are dedicated supporters of the Foundation and have previously welcomed several interns and full-time employees sourced by TLF.

Cohn & Wolfe welcomed Marissa Bramwell to the agency’s New York office as an account coordinator in its healthcare practice. Bramwell is a recent graduate from Tulane University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in communications & media studies. In her position, Bramwell supports clients, monitors media, conducts research and assists with additional account management activities.

 

Joining the WE Communications team as an intern in Seattle is 2015 TLF Scholarship Recipient Kia Vang. Vang recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in diversity. As an intern, Vang will assist with technology public relations and crisis communications efforts.
 

“It’s always exciting to witness the impact that derives from these partnerships. We wish Marissa and Kia the best of luck and we will continue to support them in their professional development,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

About Cohn & Wolfe
Cohn & Wolfe, a global communications agency, builds brands and corporate reputations through an uncompromising commitment to creativity. The agency’s strategic approach unearths fresh, relevant insights leading to communications solutions that deliver measurable business success. Throughout its 45-year history, Cohn & Wolfe’s world-class integrated marketing communications have attracted top brands around the world, winning awards at the Cannes Lions, the Clios, Eurobest, the Global SABREs and the Global PRWeek Awards. Headquartered in New York, Cohn & Wolfe has more than 50 offices across Asia, EMEA, Latin America and North America, and has been named Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report and ICCO, as well as a Best Place to Work by The Holmes Report, PRWeek and PRNews. Cohn & Wolfe is part of WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY), the world's largest communications services group. http://www.cohnwolfe.com/

About WE
WE works with some of the most innovative companies on the planet — those focused on delivering the next big thing. With a media landscape that is moving, pulsing and constantly evolving, brands must navigate everything from industry disruption and technology shifts to stakeholder mandates and political headwinds. In turn, brand stories have to move with new velocity and sync across every device and platform. Using our Momentum methodology, we partner with clients to create transformative communications that are rooted in insight and drive big impact. Our fiercely independent mindset allows us the freedom to bring together the best talent, ideas and partners, through our revolutionary partnership approach, The PLUS Network, to create powerful, persuasive campaigns. Shiny accolades like Cannes Lions, SABREs, Best APAC Medium Agency and PRWeek Award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital adorn our offices. We’re global, speak 37 languages and we’re not much for standing still. But it’s not about us, it’s about our clients, their customers and setting their brands in motion. Time to move. http://www.we-worldwide.com/


Hill+Knowlton Strategies Hosts Breakout Sessions for Chicago Students Pursuing Public Relations Careers



Hill+Knowlton Strategies team members and workshop attendees in Chicago

CHICAGO (June 27, 2017) Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) recently hosted a career & professional development workshop with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) at its Chicago office. The interactive workshop provided young professionals with guidance on how to leave a lasting impression with hiring representatives and secure employment in public relations.

Laura Romanenko, senior vice president and U.S. director of talent acquisition at H+K and TLF board member, lead the agency’s team in providing attendees with in-depth assistance with building resumes, securing interviews and boosting social media presence. Attendees participated in resume reviews and one-on-one mock-interview sessions with human resources and public relations professionals that provided real-time feedback. In addition, H+K’s team guided the attendees on social media etiquette and tips on creating a professional, impactful online presence. The workshop also included an overview of the agency and a panel discussion.


Students in attendance represented DePaul University, Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 87 offices in 49 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups. http://www.hkstrategies.com


Finn Partners Leadership Shares Insight Into Long-Standing Client Relationships



Finn Partners Career & Professional Development Workshops in Washington, D.C. (Left) and Detroit, Michigan (Right)


LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2017) - Finn Partners and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) recently hosted two career and professional development workshops in Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan. The workshops were designed to educate students and young professionals interested in public relations.

The agency's Washington, D.C. office provided attendees with an overview of the public affairs and education sectors of the communications industry. Helen Shelton and Ken Sain, senior partners, focused on the importance of reliability and being at the forefront of cutting-edge work to nurture long-standing relationships with clients. Managing Partners Margaret Dunning and Jessica Berk Ross provided insight into the constantly changing industry and the importance of standing by clients in a time of crisis. The attendees were invited to participate in practices areas ranging from Education to Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact.

In Detroit, Finn Partners Managing Partner, Director of Travel/Lifestyle and TLF Board Member, Gail L. Moaney, APR and Senior Partner Bill Nowling dived into health and technology communications.

Students in attendance represented American University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Howard University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, University of Michigan - Dearborn and Wayne State University.

About Finn Partners
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn's vision to create a leading communications agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong brand drivers. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of Public Relations and Marketing services. Practice areas include arts, consumer, CSR and social impact, education, financial services, health, professional services, technology and travel & lifestyle. Since inception in December of 2011, Finn Partners has received six agency awards that are indicators of client and cultural leadership: "Best Midsize Agency" in 2015, "Best Agency to Work For" in 2013 and "Best New Agency" in 2012 from the Holmes Report and "Midsize PR Firm of the Year" in 2015 and "Top Places to Work in PR" in 2013 from PR News.

The company has approximately 540 employees, with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C., and offers international capabilities through its own global network and PROI Worldwide. Find us at www.finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.


Burson-Marsteller and The LAGRANT Foundation
Welcome Three Interns to the 2017 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program




Kavita Raval, Stephany Rodas and Sydney Tukes
 

LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2017) - Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm, and its partner The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), are pleased to welcome three talented and diverse students interested in careers in public relations and communications to the 2017 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI). The U.S. HBSI Program provides junior and senior college students with valuable, real-world agency experience that allows them to join a client team or practice group where they work hand-in-hand with seasoned public relations professionals.

Burson-Marsteller is a long-time supporter of TLF, a nonprofit organization that aims to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. Burson-Marsteller selected TLF Scholarship Recipients Kavita Raval, Stephany Rodas and Sydney Tukes for the TLF-affiliated internship positions.

  • Kavita Raval (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2016) will join the Public Affairs and Crisis practice in Burson-Marsteller's Washington, D.C. office. Kavita is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies.
  • Stephany Rodas (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) will join the Consumer and Brand Marketing practice in Burson-Marsteller's New York office. Stephany is a graduate student at the University of Southern California, pursuing her M.A. in Strategic Public Relations.
  • Sydney Tukes (TLF Scholarship Recipient 2017) will join the Corporate and Financial Communications practice in Burson-Marsteller's New York Office. Sydney is a junior at Syracuse University, where she is currently pursuing a B.A. degree in Public Relations.
"Expanding diversity across communications professions is essential, and that is why we are very proud to support The LAGRANT Foundation's efforts," said Mike Fernandez, U.S. CEO, Burson-Marsteller. "We are delighted to welcome three smart, dynamic young women like Kavita, Stephany and Sydney to be a part of the Harold Burson Summer Internship program."

Raval, Rodas and Tukes - along with 32 other HBSI interns - will begin their internship on June 5, 2017. The entire 2017 HBSI class will work across 12 practice and specialty groups throughout seven U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices.

Click here to learn more about the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program. For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm's seamless worldwide network consists of 77 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world's leader in communications services. For more information, please visit www.burson- marsteller.com

The LAGRANT Foundation Recognizes 2017 Scholarship Recipients in Detroit
TLF's 19th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception Held at General Motors Heritage Center



Top Left: 2017 TLF Scholarship Recipients at General Motors Heritage Center; Top Right (L-R): John Kahan, general manager, customer & data analytics at Microsoft, Brian Lee, president of Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media, Monica Santos-Pinacho, Senior Account Executive at WE Communications, Natalie Godwin, assistant director of international communications at UPS, Bjorn Trowery, director of communications & creative content at HEINEKEN and Kass Sells, president, North America, WE Communications and TLF Board Member at the welcome dinner; Bottom Left: Scholarship recipients learning about social media engagement at General Motors; Bottom Right: Andy Schueneman, general manager of Weber Shandwick Detroit and Darri'n Hardy, internal and executive communications, General Motors with scholarship recipients at Weber Shandwick


LOS ANGELES (June 2, 2017) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) recently celebrated 19 years of diversifying the communications industry by awarding 50 ethnic minority students a total of $150,000 in scholarships at its 19th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception at General Motors Heritage Center in Detroit. This year's Host Committee Chair was General Motors Senior Vice President of Global Communications and TLF Board Member, Tony Cervone and the Host Committee Co-Chair was Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick.

Cervone opened the reception by welcoming guests to General Motors Heritage Center and introducing the master of ceremonies, Roop Raj, anchor and reporter for Fox 2 Detroit. On behalf of TLF, Raj recognized the Foundation's host committee members, board members, major donors and 2017 scholarship recipients. Closing remarks were provided by TLF alumna and UPS Assistant Director of International Communications, Natalie Godwin.

Thirty undergraduate students each received a $2,500 scholarship and 20 graduate students each received a $3,750 scholarship. As part of the scholarship program, all 50 recipients received a trip to Detroit to participate in three days of career-building activities. Recipients participated in a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications as well as two career and professional development workshops hosted by General Motors and Weber Shandwick.

Scholarship recipients will continue to receive support from TLF and its donors, including access to career & professional development workshops, mentorships and internships/entry-level positions.

Looking ahead to 2018, TLF will be awarding a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to 100 students. Two receptions will be held to commemorate TLF's 20th anniversary: New York and San Francisco.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $2.13 million and 411 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships and internships/entry-level positions to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.


The LAGRANT Foundation Welcomes WE Communications
President, North America, Kass Sells to its Board of Directors




 Kass Sells, WE Communications president, North America
 
LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2017) – Kass Sells, WE Communications (WE) president, NorthAmerica, has joined The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) Board of Directors. Kass will serve as a member of the alumni committee. Sells brings to the board more than 25 years of marketing experience, creating groundbreaking and award-winning communications for some of the world’s largest brands. 

In his current role, Sells is responsible for leading its North America region, Integrated Services group and work with global brands spanning the agency’s work in its three core sectors of Technology, Health and Consumer, including clients such as Microsoft, Honeywell, CA Technologies, Volvo, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and more. He partners closely with WE’s EMEA and APAC leadership to drive strong collaboration and results across the agency’s global and regional client remits. Sells is also a member of the agency’s global executive team.

“In succeeding our late Pam Edstrom, I am proud to continue this partnership with TLF and its commitment to cultivate diverse talent. As a member of the board, I look forward to providing support, spreading awareness and developing strategy to help drive the Foundation’s mission,” Sells said.

Sells joined WE Communications from Wunderman, a WPP company, where he served a number of executive roles, most recently as global client lead. Sells’ expertise spans across digital, advertising, media, direct, public relations and marketing disciplines. His portfolio has earned him a reputation as a forward thinker and recognition from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Effies and the DMA among many others. 

“WE Communications has been a longtime supporter of TLF and we’re proud to continue the work that Pam wholeheartedly believed in. Kass’ industry expertise and commitment to our mission will make him a great addition to the board,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

About WE
WE works with some of the most innovative companies on the planet — those focused on delivering the next big thing. With a media landscape that is moving, pulsing and constantly evolving, brands must navigate everything from industry disruption and technology shifts to stakeholder mandates and political headwinds. In turn, brand stories have to move with new velocity and sync across every device and platform. Using our Momentum methodology, we partner with clients to create transformative communications that are rooted in insight and drive big impact. Our fiercely independent mindset allows us the freedom to bring together the best talent, ideas and partners, through our revolutionary partnership approach, The PLUS Network, to create powerful, persuasive campaigns. Shiny accolades like Cannes Lions, SABREs, Best APAC Medium Agency and PRWeek Award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital adorn our offices. We’re global, speak 37 languages and we’re not much for standing still. But it’s not about us, it’s about our clients, their customers and setting their brands in motion. Time to move. http://www.we-worldwide.com

TLF Welcomes Procter & Gamble Associate Director of Communications,
Anitra Marsh, to its Board of Directors



Anitra Marsh, Procter & Gamble Associate Director of Communications


LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2017) - Procter & Gamble (P&G) Associate Director of Communications, Anitra Marsh, joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Board of Directors. Marsh will also serve as a member of the training & development committee. Marsh is responsible for leading brand communications and sustainability for P&G's Skin & Personal Care business.

In her current role, Marsh leads communications strategies for iconic brands, including Olay®, Safeguard®, Old Spice® and Secret®. Marsh performs media relations, crisis management and organizational development. In addition, Marsh oversees sustainability efforts and works toward improving the environmental and community impact of the company's beauty brands.

"I am a firm believer in TLF's mission of increasing diversity in communications, and I am excited to become more involved and help pave the way for our future leaders," said Marsh.During her 17 years at P&G, Marsh has been recognized in PR Week's '40 under 40' (2009) and built a portfolio of communications campaigns that align business success with social responsibility. She has worked on campaigns such as Pantene's "Beautiful Lengths," Safeguard's "Global Hand Washing Day," and Tide's "Loads of Hope" and "Up, Closed and Safe" campaigns.

"Anitra's expertise in communications and dedication to social responsibility will help take the board in a new direction.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Procter & Gamble (P&G)
P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.


50 Emerging Ethnic Minority Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Students to be Honored at
The LAGRANT Foundation's 19th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception



TLF's 2017 Scholarship Recipients to receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships and engage in three days of industry innovation and career-building events in Detroit


LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2017) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) will award a total of $150,000 in scholarships to 50 ethnic minority students from across the nation in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations during its 19th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on May 22nd at General Motors Heritage Center in Detroit. This year's event is sponsored by General Motors and Weber Shandwick, with Tony Cervone, senior vice president of global communications at General Motors serving as host committee chair, and Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick, serving as host committee co-chair. In addition, Gail Heimann, president of Weber Shandwick will be this year's keynote speaker.

For the first time in its history, the Foundation will be awarding scholarships to 50 students and holding its reception in Detroit. Thirty undergraduate students will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and 20 graduate students will each receive a $3,750 scholarship. TLF will be providing lodging and airfare for the scholarship recipients, accommodating them for the dynamic three-day event with General Motors, Weber Shandwick and WE Communications. The recipients will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and acquire practical tips for careers in advertising, marketing and public relations.

TLF is proud to recognize the following graduate and undergraduate students:

2017 Graduate Scholarship Recipients:

1. Shabina Aslam - Virginia Commonwealth University, business, branding/strategy emphasis
2. Jane Chun - New York University, publishing, digital & print media
3. Patricia Cole - DePaul University, public relations & advertising
4. Ashley Cordes - University of Oregon, media studies
5. Michael Dong - Duke University, MBA, marketing emphasis
6. Sean Feol-Baugh - City College of New York, branding & integrated communications
7. Ashley Glover - Virginia Commonwealth University, advertising, experience/design emphasis
8. Charisse Holder - City College of New York, branding & integrated communications
9. Danielle Hunt - Indiana University, MBA, marketing emphasis
10. Erica Lopez - City College of New York, branding & integrated communications
11. Angelica Ortiz - Virginia Commonwealth University, business, branding/experience design emphasis
12. Michael Pace - Northwestern University, MBA, marketing emphasis
13. David Perez - Harvard University, MBA
14. Johnny Ricks - Wayne State University, public relations
15. Stephany Rodas - University of Southern California, strategic public relations
16. Marsha Sanchez - DePaul University, public relations & advertising
17. Imani Shabazz - DePaul University, public relations & advertising
18. Elizabeth Tejeda - University of Denver, international & intercultural communication
19. Sharon Uche - Syracuse University, public relations
20. Cortlan White - Duke University, MBA, marketing emphasis

2017 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients:

1. Jenna Aguilera - Pepperdine University, public relations
2. Natalie Balladarsch - University of Southern California, public relations
3. Gabrielle Beamon - Elon University, strategic communication
4. ToneQuasha Benn - Howard University, advertising
5. Taivion Boone - Towson University, mass communications & advertising
6. Kyla Brinkley - University of Georgia, public relations
7. Bo Chen-Samuel - San Diego State University, journalism, public relations emphasis
8. Po Yen Chueh - University of Washington, communications
9. Jordan Hunter - University of Southern California, broadcast & digital journalism
10. Steffanee Jagdeo - University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, marketing
11. Nairobi Jeanniton - Boston University, business management, advertising minor
12. Michelle Kim - Drexel University, graphic design
13. Karen Kyi - University of California, Santa Barbara, communications
14. Amanda Lam - University of Oregon, public relations
15. Andrew Moreira - Rutgers University, marketing
16. Kris Nguyen - University of Southern California, business of cinematic arts, advertising minor
17. Ovie Ojeni - Lehigh University, global studies, marketing emphasis
18. Paloma Pedraza-Robles - University of Texas, advertising
19. Stacey Ramirez - New Mexico State University, marketing
20. Sydney Rodgers - Southeast Missouri University, public relations
21. Jose Rodriguez - Georgia State University, marketing
22. Etonam Ingrid Sabah - University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, integrated strategic communication, public relations emphasis
23. Ana Sabarots - University of Washington, business marketing
24. Jade Song - Cornell University, communications
25. Alicia Tran - University of California, Santa Barbara, communications
26. Aivan Traylor - University of Houston, communications & public relations
27. Sydney Tukes - Syracuse University, public relations
28. Stephanie Uriostegui - Northwestern University, communications
29. Jael Whitney - Kansas State University, marketing
30. Zachary Wright - University of Southern California, business of cinematic arts, advertising minor

Scholarship events will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications on Sunday, May 21st. General Motors will hold a career and professional development workshop on May 22nd for the recipients. The workshop will provide an inside track into understanding General Motor's vision for the future of driving in addition to discussions with the technology marketing team. Following the workshop, students will be awarded their scholarships at the 19th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. On May 23rd, Weber Shandwick will host a career and professional development workshop where recipients will learn about the skills needed to land a job in agency and corporate communications as well as participate in a creative campaign assignment.

With the reception approaching, TLF looks forward to 2018. For its 20th Anniversary, TLF will be awarding a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to 100 students, doubling the recipients from this year. As TLF continues to diversify the communications industry and aid aspiring young professionals, two receptions will be held for this monumental event: New York and San Francisco.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $2.13 million and 411 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships and internships/entry-level positions to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.


Golin CEO Matt Neale to Join TLF's Board of Directors



Matt Neale, CEO of Golin

LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2017) - Golin CEO Matt Neale joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Board of Directors. Neale will also serve as a member of the alumni committee where he will support alumni engagement and philanthropy.

As a part of Golin's shared leadership model, CEO+, Neale shares the role of CEO with Jonathan Hughes and Gary Rudnick, together leading the integrated agency's strategy, performance and culture. In his role as CEO+ Vision, Neale is responsible for Golin's vision and innovation and works closely with the chief creative and community officer to manage the agency's reputation and marketing strategies.

"The inclusion of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is critical to Golin's development and the success of any business. I am excited for this partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation to make a real change in the public relations workforce," said Neale.In addition to directing Golin's creative vision, Neale also leads the agency's diversity and inclusion strategy. He also manages the agency's offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and New York while overseeing The Brooklyn Brothers and VirgoHealth brands. Originally from the United Kingdom, Neale currently resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife and children.

"I'm thrilled to have Matt join TLF's board of directors. His proven expertise in integrated communications and commitment to diversity initiatives will be a great addition to the board," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Golin
Golin is an integrated agency with PR, digital and content at its core. With 50 offices around the world and 60 years of experience, Golin's purpose is to create change through relevant, brave work worthy of awe and action. "Go All In" is the agency's ethos and commitment to bravery over mediocrity. Since 2014, Golin has been named PRWeek Global's International Agency of the Year; PRmoment's Large Agency of the Year; PRWeek UK's Best Agency to Work For; and UK Consultancy of the Year and a Best Place to Work by The Holmes Report. Within its revolutionary g4 model, specialist communities drive relevance using proprietary tools to plan and execute powerful campaigns. Golin is a member of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Learn more at golin.com.


Refuel Agency Hosts Its First Ever Career & Professional Development
Workshop with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)



Refuel Agency Career & Professional Development Workshop in Santa Barbara, Calif.
 

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (April 7, 2017) - Refuel Agency recently hosted its first Career & Professional Development Workshop with The LAGRANT Foundation to educate students and new professionals from the University of California, Santa Barbara on the practice of multicultural advertising. The workshop also delved into Refuel Agency's rich company history and its current strategies used in niche marketing.

Greg Anthony, TLF board member and Refuel Agency executive vice president and national sales manager, discussed the importance and immense need for multicultural advertising in today's increasingly diverse population. The attendees learned about the different media platforms the agency uses to help clients reach their target audience. Afterwards, attendees participated in a Q&A session with Anthony to discuss the future of multicultural advertising, career development and the importance of a work-life balance.

The workshop offered the attendees an interactive opportunity to learn more about advertising while engaging with a seasoned professional. In addition, students gained insight into life working in niche marketing and how they can pursue a career in the field.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Refuel Agency
Refuel Agency is a leading marketing firm connecting a wide range of brands with niche consumer segments through scalable and impactful media and promotional solutions including social, mobile, print, place-based and experiential. With decades of expertise serving youth, military, multicultural and local audiences, Refuel Agency deploys brand campaigns utilizing unique proprietary networks including the Teen Ad Network (TAN) TM, College Ad Network (CAN) TM, Military Ad Network (MAN), and Diversity Ad Network (DAN) TM, that speak to these consumers in their world, throughout their day. The business was formerly a central division of Alloy Media + Marketing. Refuel Agency has locations nationwide, with headquarters in New York City, and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, CA, and Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit www.refuelagency.com.


Refuel Agency Executive Vice President
and National Sales Manager Greg Anthony Joins TLF Board of Directors




Greg Anthony, TLF Board Member & Refuel Agency EVP, National Sales Manager

 

LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2017) - Greg Anthony, Refuel Agency executive vice president and national sales manager, joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) board of directors. Anthony will also serve as a member of the talent acquisition committee. Anthony has been with Refuel Agency for the last 25 years where he has played a critical role in media planning and buying.

"As the sales and operational head of the multicultural division, I recognize that there is real need for increased minority representation in marketing and sales," said Anthony. "I'm looking forward to joining the board and working to provide students with additional career guidance and opportunities."Anthony started his career at Refuel Agency as an account executive before assuming his current position. He has worked with clients including Sony Music, General Motors and TJ Maxx.

As a University of California, Santa Barbara alumni and current resident of Santa Barbara, Anthony has been instrumental in providing internships for two students from his alma mater, sourced by TLF, at Refuel Agency. Anthony actively volunteers in his community and sits on the board of a local nonprofit. He also speaks regularly at multicultural conferences across the country on topic such as research, media planning and buying.

"We are excited for Greg to bring his knowledge of sales and enthusiasm for engaging with multicultural students to the board," said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim Hunter.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Refuel Agency
Refuel Agency is a leading marketing firm connecting a wide range of brands with niche consumer segments through scalable and impactful media and promotional solutions including social, mobile, print, place-based and experiential. With decades of expertise serving youth, military, multicultural and local audiences, Refuel Agency deploys brand campaigns utilizing unique proprietary networks including the Teen Ad Network (TAN) TM, College Ad Network (CAN) TM, Military Ad Network (MAN), and Diversity Ad Network (DAN) TM, that speak to these consumers in their world, throughout their day. The business was formerly a central division of Alloy Media + Marketing. Refuel Agency has locations nationwide, with headquarters in New York City, and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, CA, and Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit www.refuelagency.com.


TLF Welcomes Starbucks Vice President, Corporate Communications
and Branded Experiences, Linda Mills to Board of Directors




Linda Mills, Starbucks Vice President, Corporate Communications and Branded Experiences


LOS ANGELES (March 10, 2017) - Starbucks Vice President, Corporate Communications and Branded Experiences, Linda Mills joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Board of Directors. Mills will also serve as a member of the fund development committee. Mills has nearly two decades of experience creating and executing strategies for corporate, consumer and brand communications.

Mills was recently named to her current position after nearly five years of providingcommunications strategies and leadership at Starbucks. In her expanded role, she is responsible for leading teams in the growth of social media, executive and corporate communications, and branded experiences and events to enhance the global corporation's reputation.

"Starbucks is a major donor of ours and Linda has been a friend and supporter of TLF for years. I could not be happier that she is joining the board," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

Prior to joining the Starbucks team, Mills was vice president of the Consumer Marketing Practice at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, where she mobilized teams and implemented strategic branding for accounts in consumer technology, including HTC and Microsoft. She also helped drive public relations strategies and manage brand reputations for various clients, such as Getty Images, Philips Sonicare and Amazon.com, during her time as an account supervisor for MWW Group.

"I look forward to working more closely with Kim and The LAGRANT Foundation team. Increasing diversity in this field is imperative to success and I truly support their mission," said Mills.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

Weber Shandwick Shares the Key to Successful Internships with TLF Career & Professional Development Workshop



Weber Shandwick Vice President Bob Rybarczyk with team and workshop attendees in St. Louis, Mo.

ST. LOUIS, MO. (February 22, 2017) - Weber Shandwick's St. Louis office hosted a Career & Professional Development Workshop with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) on Friday, February 10th. The workshop provided students with career guidance and insight into working at a global public relations and communications firm.

Led by Vice President Bob Rybarczyk, Weber Shandwick's team provided attendees with an overview of the firm's history and global impact. The team provided case studies and shared their creative approach to storytelling, multimedia content creation, sponsorships and consumer marketing.

The workshop also provided attendees with internship fundamentals, interview tips and a Q&A session. The firm's team emphasized the importance of being preparedand proactive, setting goals, asking questions and maintaining a positive attitude. The workshop created an opportunity for students to learn the ins and outs of what makes a great intern from experienced professionals.

Students in attendance represented Webster University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri - St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State University.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm's diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honored as PRWeek's Global Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report's Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 31 Cannes Lions since 2009 and are credited as PR agency on an additional 25 Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.


Porter Novelli Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner Brad MacAfee Joins TLF Board of Directors



Brad MacAfee, Porter Novelli Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner


LOS ANGELES (February 9, 2017) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is proud to welcome Porter Novelli CEO and Senior Partner Brad MacAfee to its board of directors. MacAfee will also serve as a member of the talent acquisition committee. MacAfee has spent the last 25 years achieving results and assessing the communications needs of global corporations, small businesses and non-profitorganizations.

"It is an honor to be a part of TLF's Board of Directors," said MacAfee. "I share the Foundation's dedication to creating a diverse work environment that prioritizes its employees and encourages them to think critically and break down barriers. As host committee co-chair at the scholarship reception in May 2016, I had the opportunity to witness the Foundation in action and the exchange between industry experts and young professionals was substantial. I look forward to joining the board," said MacAfee.

MacAfee has been with Porter Novelli since 2000 and has held roles as managing director, global technology practice leader and North American regional president before becoming the CEO. He attended the American Institute for Managing Diversity program led by the late Dr. Roosevelt Thomas who played an instrumental role during the Civil Rights movement, and, in 2016, was the Host Committee Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies for TLF's 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception.

Prior to his experience at Porter Novelli, MacAfee spent almost a decade as a leader in the communications industry at Alexander Communications, Copithorne & Bellows and Peachtree Software.

"I'm very excited to welcome Brad to the board of directors. His support and participation in our Eighteenth Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception were immeasurable and I'm excited to see what's in store for 2017," said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim Hunter. "He is a force to be reckoned with in our industry." For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Porter Novelli
Porter Novelli is one of the world's leading public relations agencies. With 90 offices in nearly 60 countries, Porter Novelli delivers best-in-class service to clients around the globe. As the agency that pioneered social marketing, Porter Novelli's heritage is grounded in influence - motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors that are rooted in cultural and social norms. This is achieved by identifying and activating against key insights that drive transformational change - going beyond just "solving a problem". The result is greater than just influencing people - Porter Novelli makes them believe. For additional information, please visit www.porternovelli.com. Porter Novelli is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.


Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Global Policy and External Affairs Keith E. Weaver Joins TLF Board of Directors



Keith E. Weaver, Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Global Policy and External Affairs


LOS ANGELES (January 31, 2017) - Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Executive Vice President of Global Policy and External Affairs Keith E. Weaver joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Board of Directors. Weaver will also serve as a member of the fund development committee. Weaver oversees SPE's community affairs as well as its government and public policy activities across the globe.Weaver, having transitioned into his current role four years ago, has been a leader in SPE's government affairs for the last 14 years. He began with the company in 2002 as vice president of government affairs and has built an exceptional reputation and expertise in global public policy, community relations and corporate social responsibility.

"TLF has an impressive history of diversifying the communications industry and I'm thrilled to be able to extend my time and resources to advance its mission," said Weaver.

In Weaver's current role, he manages an eight-person team while strategizing and executing public policies to promote the company's core values, foster business relationships and mitigate legislative challenges.

Prior to joining SPE, Weaver was the staff director of the California State Senate Redistricting Office and manager of community and government relations at Kaiser Permanente.

Weaver also served as chair of the California State Film Commission and vice chair of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles.

"Keith is our first board member from Sony Pictures Entertainment and I'm excited about this new relationship between SPE and TLF," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. "His experience in global public policy and legislative communications will be of great value."

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.


The LAGRANT Foundation Welcomes W2O Group Founder and CEO
Jim Weiss to its Board of Directors



 
Jim Weiss, W2O Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer

 
LOS ANGELES (January 4, 2017) – W2O Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Weiss has joined The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) Board of Directors. Weiss will also serve as a member of the alumni committee. Weiss brings nearly three decades of experience in corporate, product, marketing, and strategic communications with a specialty in healthcare and life sciences, to the TLF Board.
 
In just the last 15 years, Weiss has grown W2O Group from a one-person consultancy focused on healthcare and biotech to a 500-person, $120 million network of integrated marketing, communications and digital firms with a dozen offices - working with leading healthcare, technology, energy, financial services, transportation, CPG, and professional services clients.  W2O Group’s network currently comprises four distinct firms: WCG, Pure/Brew, Twist Mktg, and the recently acquired Marketeching Solutions.

In early 2016, Weiss and W2O Group announced a $50,000, three-year commitment to TLF to fund the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program with the purpose of diversifying the healthcare communications workforce. 

“Ensuring diversity in all areas of healthcare communications is essential to the future of the profession,” Weiss stated. “I’m truly excited about the partnership between W2O Group and TLF and its mission to identify and nurture diverse talent as a means to promote new thinking and opportunities,” he added.

Weiss is a well-respected, renowned leader in medical communications holding key positions at major organizations before founding his own firm, including senior director of corporate communications and investor relations at Heartport (a medical startup); director of global product communications at Sanofi (the French pharmaceutical giant); and senior manager of communications and public relations at biotech leader, Genentech.

Throughout his substantial career, Weiss has been ranked among PR Week’s “500 Most Influential People in the Global PR Industry” (2015) and The Holmes Report’s “Top 25 Innovators” (2014). In 2015, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications recognized Weiss as an accomplished alumnus in “50Forward.” He is also a member of the Cancer Research Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Weiss and his wife Audra, both Syracuse University alumni, formed W2O Group’s Newhouse Center for Social Commerce five years ago as a means to prepare the next generation of communications professionals with both social and digital skills for the business setting. The Center is recognized as the premier industry-academic partnership providing students with new curriculum content, internships, research projects, as well as exposure to industry executives. 

“All of us at TLF look forward to continue working with Jim and his team on making our joint vision a reality: educating and diversifying the next generation of healthcare communications professionals,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. 

About W2O Group
Founded and led by Chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing, communications, research and development firms focused on integrated business solutions to drive change and growth through “pragmatic disruption” for the world’s leading brands and organizations.


California Resources Corporation and The LAGRANT Foundation Launch Internship Program
for Ethnic Minority College Students

   
Nicolas Fequiere              Santiago Svidler             Samantha Vasquez
 

LOS ANGELES (December 21, 2016) - California Resources Corporation (CRC) and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered earlier this year to develop an internship program that guides ethnic minority students in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields within the energy industry. TLF and CRC are working closely to recruit exceptional candidates for the paid internship program and provide students with hands-on communications experience while exposing them to the technology and exploration behind California's energy.

This year, CRC brought on three California State University (CSU) students, sourced by TLF, to intern with the communications team in Los Angeles and Kern County. Interns include: Samantha Vazquez, CSU Northridge; Nicolas Fequiere, CSU Bakersfield; and Santiago Svidler, CSU Northridge.

"We're delighted to have partnered with TLF on this distinct opportunity to help students from diverse backgrounds build business and office acumen while working in the communications field, as well as developing insight on energy issues in the State," said CRC Vice President of Communications and TLF Board Member Margita Thompson.

The partnership between TLF and CRC has produced a pipeline of diverse talent and provided interns with opportunities to develop communications materials, conduct research, assist with community outreach and add value to large projects.

"The work that CRC performs is very important and it's imperative that we encourage future generations to take an interest in energy," said TLF Chairman and CEO, Kim L. Hunter. "We look forward to continue partnering with CRC in 2017 to provide opportunities for minority college students year-round and give them the experience that will help guide them in their careers."

For more information on CRC and TLF, please visit www.crc.com and www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About California Resources Corporation (CRC)
California Resources Corporation is the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production company in California on a gross-operated basis. The Company operates its world-class resource base exclusively within the State of California, applying integrated infrastructure to gather, process and market its production. Using advanced technology, California Resources Corporation focuses on safely and responsibly supplying affordable energy for California by Californians.


Burson-Marsteller Hosts TLF Workshops to Recruit Diverse
Talent for the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program



Burson-Marsteller Career & Professional Development Workshops in Chicago (Top Left and Right), Los Angeles (Bottom Left) and New York (Bottom Right).

LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2016) - Burson-Marsteller recently hosted three Career & Professional Development Workshops in collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, respectively, to encourage students to apply to the Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program. The HBSI Program offers paid internships across various U.S. offices, providing interns with

The firm's seasoned leadership, including Worldwide Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer and TLF Board Member, Patrick Ford and Managing Director, Los Angeles, Don Cunningham, provided insight into the firm's journey to becoming one of the largest public relations firms in the world before diving into a presentation on the HBSI Program. HBSI interns gain valuable communications experience in their desired specialty area and participate in a meaningful, collaborative team project to be presented to senior management at the conclusion of the program.

The workshops also offered insight from former TLF interns and case studies from different practices including Consumer & Brand Marketing, Corporate & Financial Communications, Digital & Creative, Healthcare, Human Resources and Technology. In addition, the firm held a Q&A panel, during which the firm's team shared their experience adjusting to post-grad life, working at an agency and becoming a part of the Burson-Marsteller family.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara, California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Dominguez Hills, California State University, Northridge, Pepperdine University, Columbia University, New York University, The City College of New York, LIM College and Baruch College.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm's seamless worldwide network consists of 73 offices and 87 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world's leading communications services network. For more information, please visit www.burson- marsteller.com. - See more at: http://www.burson-marsteller.com/press-release/nati- katz-named-media-relations-professional-of-the-year-in-pr-news-pr-people-awards- 2016/#sthash.oph0PGWB.dpuf


Trinity Health Shares the Fundamentals of Healthcare
Communications with Michigan Students

(Livonia, Michigan) Trinity Health Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Bret Gallaway, Management Fellow Chris Young and
Vice President of Professional Coaching Services and Equal Opportunity Programs Toni Green with workshop attendees.

 

LIVONIA, MICHIGAN (December 2, 2016) - Trinity Health hosted its first Career & Professional Development Workshop with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) on November 18th for communications students and professionals in Michigan. The interactive workshop served as an introduction to careers in healthcare.

After a reflection from Trinity Health Vice President of Professional Coaching Services and Equal Opportunity Programs Toni Green, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Bret Gallaway introduced the organization's mission to serve as a healing presence in its communities and educated the attendees on the healthcare industry. Gallaway elaborated on the functions of the marketing and communications team and how they work together to lead innovative strategies that inspire people to change their behavior and lead happier, healthier lives. He also emphasized the importance of developing writing skills, building a network and taking risks in order to succeed.

Senior Vice President of Clinical Business Operations Tauna McDonald offered the attendees advice on solving communication problems and improving time management. McDonald was followed by Chris Young, a current management fellow at the health organization, who described his experience with the Trinity Health Fellowship Program, a post-graduate program that focuses on connecting fellows with senior executives to develop skills in their desired field. Young celebrated the program's commitment to exposing the fellows to decision-making and teaching them how to build and nurture business and community relationships. The workshop concluded with an overview of the company's hiring process as well as résumé and interview guidance from Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Kathleen McBride.

Trinity Health proudly serves diverse communities and recognizes that a commitment to diversity is critical to success. The organization's focus on inclusion and collaboration can be witnessed in its recruitment, training and education of a unified workforce.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, University of Michigan- Flint, Central Michigan University and Ohio State University.

About Trinity Health
Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care systems in the nation. The 120,000 colleagues of Trinity Health serve people and communities in 22 states with 93 hospitals and 120 continuing care locations - including home care, hospice and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.


Starbucks Hosts Communications Students at Headquarters
for TLF Career & Professional Development Workshop



Workshop attendees at Starbucks' headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (November 30, 2016) - Starbucks hosted a TLF Career & Professional Development Workshop at their headquarters in Seattle on November 17th. The workshop introduced students and recent graduates to the realm of corporate communications and public relations at a global corporation.

The major coffee company provided attendees with a complimentary coffee tasting while Linda Mills, vice president of corporate communications, welcomed them to the workshop. Starbucks' team provided professional insight into corporate communications, social impact storytelling and consumer public relations. Attendees also participated in a panel discussion, during which they were able to ask questions and gain feedback from the communications leadership team.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented University of Washington, Seattle University and Bellevue College.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.


Korn Ferry Partner and Principal of Corporate Affairs 
Peter W. McDermott Joins TLF Board of Directors



Peter W. McDermott, Korn Ferry Partner and Principal of Corporate Affairs


LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2016) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is proud to welcome Korn Ferry, Partner and Principal in the Corporate Affairs Practice, Peter W. McDermott to its board of directors. McDermott will also serve as a member of the fund development committee. McDermott is a veteran search consultant placing communications executives and investor relations talent throughout the United States and Europe. He is succeeding Richard Marshall, managing director of global corporate affairs at Korn Ferry, who served on the board for four years.

"The LAGRANT Foundation has done a tremendous job expanding diversity in the communications industry. I am excited to join the board of an organization that shares my commitment in diversifying the industry and look forward to advancing the mission of TLF," said McDermott.

Prior to his current role, McDermott specialized in communications at Taylor Bennett, a communications search firm aligned with Heyman Associates, where he worked in the London and New York offices. He also spent time expanding the firm's efforts in Asia.

He was also an associate at Sextant Search Partners, a global executive search firm, where his research and outreach were instrumental to their financial services practice.

McDermott earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond, specializing in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and American Studies, with a concentration in Ethnic Studies and a minor in History.

"I am excited to welcome Peter to the board of directors," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. "Korn Ferry has been a donor and supporter for many years and Peter's expertise in communications and commitment to diversity will be a great addition to the board."

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm. We help leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Our nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through our Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep divisions.


MSLGROUP and TLF Prepare PR Students Across the Country for Post-Grad Life with Generation Acceleration Workshops




MSLGROUP Generation Acceleration Workshops in Seattle (Top Left), Atlanta (Top Right, Bottom Left) and New York (Bottom Right)


LOS ANGELES (November 23, 2016) - In coordination with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), MSLGROUP recently hosted a total of three Generation Acceleration Workshops in Seattle, October 27th, as well as Atlanta and New York on November 11th. TLF and MSLGROUP collaborated to design and produce Generation Acceleration, a Career & Professional Development Workshop, to ease the transition of students into the workforce by providing career guidance, networking opportunities and additional resources for successful careers in public relations.

Each workshop began with an introduction from TLF's team about the Foundation's mission and ongoing programs. The MSLGROUP teams offered agency advice, brainstorm sessions, professional branding lessons, résumé critiques, mock interviews and interactive panels with communications professionals and human resource experts. The workshops were designed to create a pipeline of candidates for the firm's Summer Insider's Challenge, a full-time, paid internship for innovative and driven professionals looking for a place to start their career in communications and gain agency experience.

MSLGROUP's Director of Human Resources (Seattle) Christina Zicree, Director of Human Resources (Atlanta) Tyesha Thomas and Vice President, Human Resources (New York) Gina Larson were all very instrumental in organizing and hosting workshops at their respective offices.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented University of Washington, Seattle University, Spelman College, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, Columbia University, New York University, Baruch College and The City College of New York.

For more information on TLF, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org.

About MSLGROUP
MSLGROUP Public Relations is the Strategic Influence Network of Publicis Groupe. We drive influence through strategic and creative communications and engagement services. MSLGROUP functions as part of the Publicis Communications Solution Hub and the PublicisOne network and seamlessly link the expertise, tools, technologies and creative solutions from our broad array of sister agencies to the success of our clients.


Cohn & Wolfe Shapes the Next Generation of Integrated Marketing Professionals



The Firm Collaborated with TLF to Produce the First of a Five-Part Speaker Series
Cohn & Wolfe President, Americas and Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Jim Joseph with workshop attendees at the firm's New York office

NEW YORK (November 22, 2016) - Cohn & Wolfe and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) collaborated last week to produce the Speaker Series: The Evolution of Integrated Marketing, the first of a five-part series on the topic held at the firm's New York office. The Speaker Series was designed to educate the next generation of communications professionals on the evolving industry that agencies face today.

Cohn & Wolfe President, Americas and Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Jim Joseph and Executive Vice President, Global Talent Management and TLF Board Member Stephanie Howley provided a compelling presentation with case studies on the subject of integrated marketing. It was an opportunity for education as well as networking, and the first of several presentations held in Cohn & Wolfe offices on various marketing topics. The remaining segments of the Speaker Series will be hosted in several major cities across the country throughout 2017, including Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Students and working professionals in attendance represented LIM College, New York University, Baruch College, Columbia University, Arthur W. Page Society, Russo Partners LLC and BlackRock.

About Cohn & Wolfe
Cohn & Wolfe is a strategic public relations agency dedicated to creating, building and protecting the world's most prolific brands. With offices around the world, the agency is committed to breaking new ground in the delivery of cross-channel media strategies,creative programming, and practice area excellence.

Cohn & Wolfe is recognized year after year by clients and the industry for excellence in creativity, client service, digital communications, media strategy, senior management and strategic counsel. Cohn & Wolfe also consistently ranks among the top "Best Agencies toWork For" in an annual, industry-wide employee survey. For more information, visit: www.cohnwolfe.com. Cohn & Wolfe is part of WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services group.


Hitachi Data Systems Shares its Global Expertise with Students at
TLF's Career & Professional Development Workshop


Top Left: (L-R) Hitachi Data Systems Senior Director of Global Customer Engagement Chitra Vivek, Golden Gate University Student Yennie Liang
and Hitachi, Ltd, Senior Manager, Community Relations Lori Gage. Top Right: Hitachi leadership with workshop attendees.
Bottom Left and Bottom Right: Workshop attendees engaged in discussion.

 
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (November 9, 2016) – Hitachi Data Systems hosted TLF's Career and Professional Development Workshop in its Santa Clara office on Friday, November 4th. The workshop offered insight into the life of communication professionals at a multinational technology corporation.

Hitachi Data Systems Vice President of Global Communications, Mary Ann Gallo, welcomed students and shared her experience working within a global organization. Gallo also advised the attendees to base their career choices on personal goals and interests in order to navigate their career with a purpose.

The workshop continued with a panel discussion moderated by Senior Director of Global Customer Engagement, Chitra Vivek. During the panel, the company's leadership team answered questions and offered career lessons and résumé tips. Attendees learned about the actions they could incorporate in their day-to-day activities that could help boost their career.

The second half of the workshop provided students with the opportunity to engage with leaders in the following key business areas: Integrated Marketing, Global Communications, Branding & Creative Marketing, Global Partner Marketing, Product & Solution Marketing and Human Resources. This interactive session allowed the attendees to rotate stations and get a sense of each field.

Students and recent college graduates in attendance represented Golden Gate University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University and San Francisco State University.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.

Ketchum Helps PR Students Apply Industry Tools at
TLF Career & Professional Development Workshop


 
(L-R) Ketchum Account Coordinator, Corporate Megan Kennedy, Vice President, Branded Content Paige Samson, Account Coordinator, Brand Practice Jarrett Love, Senior Account Executive Manuela Razzouk, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Adriana Castillo and Managing Account Supervisor Kristin Loretta with workshop attendees.
 
LOS ANGELES (October 28, 2016) – Ketchum's Los Angeles office hosted a TLF Career and Professional Development Workshop on Friday, October 21st to educate students about careers in public relations and provide career counseling.

Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition Adriana Castillo began the workshop by sharing Ketchum's mission as well as its global impact. She then introduced Megan Kennedy and Jarrett Love, two account coordinators who participated in the agency's Summer Fellowship Program, a 10-week, full-time program that immerses students in the agency's projects. Kennedy and Love shared their personal experience with the program and and communicated the importance of internships and workshops when fostering a career in the public relations agency.

Vice President, Branded Content Paige Samson and Managing Account Supervisor Kristin Loretta of the agency's sports & entertainment division offered insight into the reality of working in public relations and balancing the glamour with the grind. In addition to sharing examples of ongoing projects, they shared personal stories about their own journeys to success and offered tips on navigating different career fields.

Senior Account Executive Manuela Razzouk offered some perspective into consumer brand public relations. She helped attendees distinguish the difference between internal and agency operations and see the value in skills they have acquired in the classroom setting, such as writing, research, and social media content creation.

Castillo concluded the workshop by offering résumé and interview tips to the attendees. Students learned the significance of personal branding from a professional recruiter as well as how to sell themselves to recruiters online and face- to-face.

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented the following schools: University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Dominguez Hills, University of California, Berkeley, San Diego State University and California State University, San Bernardino.

About Ketchum
Ketchum is a leading global communications firm with operations in more than 70 countries across six continents. The winner of 19 Cannes Lions and an unprecedented five PRWeek Campaign of the Year Awards, Ketchum partners with clients to deliver strategic programming, game-changing creative and measurable results that build brands and reputations. For more information on Ketchum, a part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, visit www.ketchum.com.

Finn Partners' Senior Leadership Shares Industry Secrets with
the Next Generation of PR Professionals

The Agency Hosted The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Career & Professional Development Workshop in New York


 
Top Left: Finn Partners Founding Managing Partner, Director of Travel & Lifestyle and TLF Board Member Gail L. Moaney; Top Right: Finn Partners Founder & CEO Peter Finn speaking with Baruch College Student Hermanoschy

Bernard; Bottom Left: Finn Partners Senior Managing Partner Richard Funess, City College of New York Student Keanna Louise Mirtorabi and Managing Partner and Founder of Widmeyer Communications Scott Widmeyer; Bottom Right: Gail Moaney, TLF Special Projects Manager Fred Garcia and Finn Partners Senior Partner and Diversity & Inclusion Director Helen Shelton
(Photos: Alex Lipowec)

 

NEW YORK CITY (October 21, 2016) – Finn Partners' New York office hosted a TLF Career and Professional Development Workshop on Wednesday, October 5th. Finn Partners is one of the fastest-growing independent public relations firms in the world. The workshop focused on providing students with insight into the agency's award- winning approach to communication.

Finn Partners Founder & Chief Executive Officer Peter Finn kicked off the workshop by shedding some light on the growth, successes and diverse culture inherent at Finn Partners. Senior Managing Partner Richard Funess shared his perspective on the industry and landscape, underscoring where the opportunities are and encouraging the students to continue to strive. Founding Managing Partner, Director of Travel & Lifestyle and TLF Board Member Gail L. Moaney also gave a brief welcome and enlightened the attendees on the importance of Finn Partners' commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the profession. She also thanked TLF for their work as well as Senior Partner and Diversity & Inclusion Director Helen Shelton for her vigorous efforts in coordinating the workshop.

Students also had the opportunity to meet and engage with Managing Partner andFounder of Widmeyer Communications (a Finn Partners company) Scott Widmeyer. Widmeyer Communications is a leader in K-12 and Higher Education public relations.

After receiving notes of wisdom from the partners, the students immersed themselves in the various specialty stations around the room. At each station, students were met with a senior representative from various departments of the agency, such as travel/lifestyle, health care, digital and social, consumer technology and education. Representatives from Finn Partners global human resources were also on hand to answer questions and review resumes. The students were very excited about the interaction with senior leadership and found the networking opportunity helpful.

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented the following schools: Columbia University, New York University, Baruch College and City College of New York.

About Finn Partners, Inc. 
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn's vision to create a leading communications agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation, collaboration and partnership are strong brand drivers. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of marketing, public relations and public affairs services, including digital and social media. Practice areas include arts, consumer, CSR and social impact, education, financial services, health, technology and travel & lifestyle.  Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 550 employees, 13 offices around the world and offers international capabilities through its own global network and PROI Worldwide. Find us at www.finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.


Weber Shandwick Helps Mold Students
into Professionals with The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF)
Career & Professional Development Workshop


 
Weber Shandwick's Digital Director and TLF Alumnus Danielle Calhoun (center), with workshop attendees and Weber Shandwick staff


San Francisco (October 14, 2016) – Weber Shandwick's San Francisco office hosted a TLF Career and Professional Development Workshop on Friday, October 7th. Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries. The workshop focused on offering insight on careers in global communications, specifically public relations and integrated media.

The workshop commenced with a brief welcome from Weber Shandwick's Digital Director and TLF Alumnus, Danielle Calhoun. Calhoun shared the company's history and visions, as well as internship program opportunities. The workshop continued with an "Ask-Me-Anything" panel that gave students the opportunity to ask any and all of the questions they had in regards to the industry and the firm itself. Students were excited about the opportunity and found it helpful. The workshop concluded with a resume review and a networking opportunity.

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented the following schools: Golden Gate University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, and University of San Francisco.

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries, with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Ad Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.

ALLISON+PARTNERS PROMOTES SUCCESS WITHIN
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS THROUGH THE LAGRANT
FOUNDATION'S CAREER & PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP


 
Tracey Cassidy, Senior Vice President of Client Service + Operations at Allison + Partners with TLF workshop participants

 

New York (September 16, 2016) - Allison+Partners' New York office hosted TLF's Career and Professional Development Workshop. The workshop focused on offering insight on careers in public relations, as well as offered advice on transitioning from students to young professionals.

Tracey Cassidy, Senior Vice President of Client Service + Operations, welcomed the participants and initiated the workshop by taking them through numerous case studies of award winning work, produced by the agency.

Students also had the opportunity to meet with and hear personal stories from Melissa Muskett, Vice President and Allie Meyer, Account Manager. They shared their day-to-day duties, as well as their failures and successes that came from earning their professional positions.

The second part of the session provided students with effective resume writing guidelines, interview follow up etiquette, and advice to ensure a candidate's online presence maintains a level of professionalism while trying to secure a position within the public relations industry.

The workshop concluded with a Q&A session where attendees asked questions about case studies and opportunities within the agency.

About Allison+Partners
Allison+Partners, an MDC Partners company, is an international communications firm driven by a collaborative approach to innovation and creativity. The result is freshly imagined, customized approaches that provide concrete, measurable strategies to drive market and executive leadership. Expertise includes consumer PR and marketing, corporate communications, technology and digital media, brand innovation, social impact, public affairs and healthcare. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Dallas. The company has a 50-state grassroots network and deep affiliations with quality firms worldwide through MDC Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA, Toronto Stock Exchange: MDZ.A), a progressive marketing and communications network, championing the most innovative entrepreneurial talent. Visit us at: www.allisonpr.com, m.allisonpr.com, http://facebook.com/allisonpr, http://twitter.com/allisonpr.


MARGITA THOMPSON, VICE PRESIDENT OF
COMMUNICATIONS FOR
CALIFORNIA RESOURCES CORPORATION (CRC) JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 
Margita Thompson

 
LOS ANGELES (September 2, 2016) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes California Resources Corporation (CRC) Vice President of Communications Margita Thompson to its board of directors. Thompson will also serve as a member of the training and development committee. Thompson has built programs to proactively engage CRC and its employees with key stakeholders, as well as community and media outreach establishing the upstream oil and natural gas company as sustainably producing the energy California needs.

"I share TLF's passion to increase the opportunities available to diverse candidates. TLF provides the keys to business and personal success. It enables equality of opportunity for diverse talent that not only delivers on the American Dream, but has proven to improve bottom-line results for companies who embrace that diversity. I am excited to join the board of directors and help support The Foundation and its legacy," said Thompson.

Prior to her current role, Thompson was Vice President of External Communications for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) leading PR teams spanning Disney Publishing, The Disney Stores and DCP Licensing, the world's largest licensor. Thompson led the PR team through the blockbuster success of "Frozen" and its consumer product frenzy.

Thompson has previously worked for Health Net, Inc., one of the largest US health care companies, she served as Press Secretary for California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, during his first term and as Political Producer for Larry King Live, during the time the show was CNN's highest-rated political news program.

Before CNN, Thompson worked at the White House in the Office of the Vice President as Press Secretary to Mrs. Lynne Cheney. She was also California Press Secretary for the "Bush for President" campaign, serving as the principal contact for California and Spanish language media.

Thompson was also Vice President for Public Strategies Inc. (now Hill+Knowlton Strategies), where she focused on the Mexican government and telecommunications. Her leadership of Health Net's Latino Initiative was profiled in Hispanic Executive and she received an Emmy as a political analyst with the KCAL/ CBS team for their 2010 election night coverage.

"I am happy to welcome Margita to the board of directors," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. "Because of her leadership and passion for diversity and inclusion in the industry, she has hired two TLF candidates to join CRC's internship program and is currently recruiting for a third. She has made a difference for many people in this industry already and I am excited to see her continue making a difference through the Foundation."

About California Resources Corporation
California Resources Corporation is the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production company in California on a gross-operated basis. The Company operates its world class resource base exclusively within the State of California, applying complementary and integrated infrastructure to gather, process and market its production. Using advanced technology, California Resources Corporation focuses on safely and responsibly supplying affordable energy for California by Californians.

TONY CERVONE OF GENERAL MOTORS AND ANDY POLANSKY OF
WEBER SHANDWICK WILL SERVE AS 2017 CHAIR
& CO-CHAIR FOR TLF’S 19TH ANNIVERSARY IN DETROIT




 (Left) Tony Cervone and (Right) Andy Polansky
 
LOS ANGELES (August 17, 2016) – Senior Vice President of Global Communications Tony Cervone of General Motors Company and Chief Executive Officer Andy Polansky of Weber Shandwick will serve as the 2017 Host Committee Chair and Co-Chair for The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 19th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in Detroit, Mich. Cervone also sits on the Board of Directors for TLF. And, this is Polansky’s second time serving as host committee co-chair for the Foundation’s annual Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception. 
 
The event will take place next year on Monday, May 22, 2017. This will be the first time in the history of the Foundation that the reception takes place in the Motor City, Detroit.
 
To commemorate the Foundation’s 19th Anniversary, TLF will award 20 ethnic minority graduate students with $5,000 scholarships and 20 ethnic minority undergraduate students with $2,500 scholarships, a total of $150,000. Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation has provided $1.98 million and 372 scholarships to students who continue to share the Foundation’s mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. 
 
For more information about how you can volunteer with The LAGRANT Foundation for its 19th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in Detroit, please contact us at tlfinfo@lagrant.com or 323.469.8680 ext. 240. 

Burson-Marsteller and The LAGRANT Foundation Welcome Three Interns to the
2016 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program




 Cecilia Arteaga, London Coleman-Williams, Daisy Jimenez

LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2016) – Burson-Marsteller, a leading strategic communications and global public relations firm, and its partner The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), a nonprofit organization that aims to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields, are pleased to welcome three talented ethnic minority students interested in careers in public relations into the 2016 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI). The U.S. HBSI Program provides college seniors, recent graduates and graduate students with valuable, real-world agency experience as they work closely with seasoned public relations professionals in practice groups and client teams across the Burson-Marsteller network.
 
Burson-Marsteller is a long-time supporter of TLF. In 2011, the Foundation partnered with Burson-Marsteller to establish the Harold Burson Fellowship Program to develop future ethnic minority leaders in the public relations industry. Each year, the Foundation selects candidates to work at one of the firm’s offices full-time for a period of four weeks, where they participate in various career development exercises, assist with client work and meet with top PR industry leaders.
 
Burson-Marsteller selected Cecilia Arteaga, Daisy Jimenez and London Coleman-Williams for the TLF-affiliated HBSI internship positions:
 
·       Cecilia Arteaga will join the U.S. Public Affairs & Crisis practice in Burson-Marsteller’s Washington, D.C. office. Arteaga is a junior at Pepperdine University, where she is currently pursuing a B.A. in advertising.
·       Daisy Jimenez recently graduated with a B.A. in communication studies from University of California, Los Angeles and will work in the Healthcare practice in Burson-Marsteller’s Chicago office.
·       London Coleman-Williams will join the New York office as a member of the Corporate and Financial Communications practice. Coleman-Williams is a 2016 graduate of Hampton University, where she earned a B.A. in strategic communications with a minor in marketing.
 
“We are very proud to support The LAGRANT Foundation’s important mission to broaden diversity across the advertising, marketing and public relations industries so that we can be representative of the audiences most important to our clients,” said Don Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller. “We welcome Cecilia, London and Daisy to Burson-Marsteller and are excited they chose to launch their careers at our firm.”
 
Arteaga, Jimenez and Coleman-Williams, along with 33 other HBSI interns, will begin their internship on June 6, 2016. The entire 2016 HBSI class will work across 14 practice and specialty groups throughout eight Burson-Marsteller U.S. offices.
 
“We are proud to continue our partnership with TLF and welcome Cecilia, London and Daisy into the 2016 Harold Burson Summer Internship program,” said Patrick Ford, Worldwide Vice Chair and Chief Client Officer, Burson-Marsteller. “We are excited to play a critical role in educating the next generation of public relations professionals, and look forward to the fresh ideas and perspectives the interns will bring to their practices and to our clients.”

HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES SHARES TIPS ON HOW TO THRIVE IN THE PR INDUSTRY
AT TLF WORKSHOP IN COSTA MESA


Hill+Knowlton Costa Mesa staff panelists with workshop participants and Talent Acquisition Manager Kelly Stephens (far right)
 
COSTA MESA, CA (July 22, 2016) – Students and recent graduates from Orange County and the Los Angeles area were invited to attend The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop with Hill+Knowlton (H+K) Strategies at their Costa Mesa office. The workshop was put on for students who are interested in jumpstarting their careers in the public relations industry.

Kelly Stephens, talent acquisition manager of H+K Strategies’ Costa Mesa office, gave introductory remarks and kicked off the workshop with a presentation on how to successfully land a job in the public relations industry. Stephens provided job search tactics, cover letter & resume advice and interview tips.  

For the second portion of the workshop, students heard from two sets of panelists from H+K Strategies. Participants engaged in a conversation with senior level staff members and gained insight on the scope of work they do for their clients. In addition, junior level staff gave testimonials about their path from being a fellow to a full-time staff member at the agency. The workshop concluded with a networking session between attendees and staff members.

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented: California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Fullerton, California State University Long Beach, Chapman University, University of California Davis and University of California Irvine.

TLF coordinates several career & professional development workshops with different agencies and corporations throughout the United States. For additional information, please contact us at tlfinfo@lagrant.com or 323.469.8680 ext. 240.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON APPOINTS TLF BOARD MEMBER JUAN-CARLOS MOLLEDA AS NEW DEAN      
Molleda will be the new Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism
and Communication (SOJC) starting July 1
 


Juan-Carlos Molleda, Ph.D.
 
LOS ANGELES (July 1, 2016) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is proud to announce TLF Board Member Juan-Carlos Molleda’s appointment as the new Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon. He will be presiding over Juliana Newtown, who’s held the title of interim dean since November 2013.
 
Currently a professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations at the University of Florida, Molleda will start his new role in Eugene, Oregon on July 1. He brings with him international expertise that Scott Coltrane, provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon, hopes “will significantly expand the global reach of the college and dramatically enhance learning opportunities for our SOJC students.”
 
At the University of Florida, Molleda directs an online master’s degree program in public relations and communication management that helps students acquire broader critical thinking abilities, bolster creativity and develop stronger communication, leadership and business skills. In addition to his work in the Department of Public Relations, Molleda is an affiliate professor in the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies and a Fulbright senior specialist.
 
“I could not be more excited to be joining the accomplished team of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication at a pivotal time: the celebration of a century,” said Molleda. “There is great talent and excitement throughout the faculty, staff and students, and the opportunity to work alongside them is a real honor.”
 
Molleda is a member of The LAGRANT Foundation’s Board of Directors and serves on the Training & Development Committee.

AFLAC WELCOMES TLF 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS



Senior Vice President of Corporate Communication at Aflac, Catherine Blades

LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2016) On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) 2016 scholarship recipients visited Aflac's worldwide headquarters in Columbus, Georgia. Aflac provided the transportation to shuttle the scholarship recipients to and from Columbus. Students participated in a "Speed Networking" activity and had the opportunity to connect with communication professionals at Aflac.

Please see the video of Catherine Blades welcoming TLF's 2016 scholarship recipients here.

HOW A GUY WITH A 'Z' AT THE END OF HIS NAME ASCENDED TO THE TOP IN PR



Corporate Vice President at Cargill, Mike Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2016) On April 21, 2016, the PRSA Foundation honored Mike Fernandez with its Paladin Award in New York. Fernandez is the corporate vice president at Cargill and leads the global corporate affairs activities, including government relations, global issues management, corporate communications, brand and marketing services and corporate social responsibility.

Fernandez used his speech at the award ceremony to send out a call to action to the industry on diversity. The theme of his speech was that it is time to turn the debate around the diversity challenge in PR into real action- otherwise the practice of PR will suffer.

Please see Fernandez's acceptance speech here.

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION HONORS 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
18TH Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception held at The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta



2016 TLF scholarship recipients at The World of Coca-Cola

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2016) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) celebrated its 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception by awarding 41 ethnic minority students from across the nation a total of $150,000 in scholarships. The reception was held in Atlanta at The World of Coca-Cola. The 2016 Host Committee Chair was Vice President of Community Relations at The Coca-Cola Company, Lori George Billingsley. The Host Committee Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the evening was CEO and Senior Partner at Porter Novelli, Brad MacAfee. Tiffany R. Warren, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Omnicom Group, gave the keynote speech for the evening.

Twenty-two undergraduate students each received a scholarship of $2,500 and nineteen graduate students each received a scholarship of $5,000. The scholarship recipients participated in two career and professional development workshops during their stay in Atlanta, hosted by Porter Novelli and Aflac, where they had the opportunity to network with industry leaders and gain insight into careers in the communication industry. Agency Partner and Co-Founder of WE Communications, Pam Edstrom, hosted the welcome dinner on Sunday night for the scholarship recipients.
 
Scholarship recipients will receive support from TLF as they move forward with their careers in advertising, marketing or public relations. Resources provided by the Foundation include career and professional development workshops, internships and entry-level positions, along with mentors who are currently employed in the industry.


About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $1.98 million in scholarships to 372 students to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides students with career & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships, entry-level positions and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

CHEVROLET AND THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION LEAD THE CHARGE FOR MINORITY
STUDENTS IN ADVERTISING, MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Chevrolet donates 2017 Volt for raffle in Los Angeles to support scholarships and student programs



The image of the 2017 Chevrolet Volt above does not reflect actual vehicle to be awarded

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2016) –The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity that will financially support its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. Chevrolet is donating a 2017 Volt for a raffle campaign that starts today.

The vehicle will be awarded to one lucky raffle ticket holder. One Hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to support the funding of TLF’s programs, which include scholarships, internships/entry-level jobs, mentorships, as well as career and professional development workshops.
 
Tony Cervone, a TLF board member and senior vice president of Global Communications at General Motors, was instrumental in connecting TLF with the Chevrolet brand. Cervone is a firm believer in TLF’s mission and has served as a mentor and advocate for many students, including Darri’n Hardy, who recently accepted a position with Chevy Communications after a successful internship with the brand.
 
“Diversity is such a vital component to the advancement of our industry,” said Cervone. “We think the Chevrolet Volt was a particularly fitting donation because it embodies the forward thinking of TLF, and is reflective of the sustainable talent pipeline the organization is building for diverse individuals in communications.”
 
Raffle tickets will be on sale now through November 30, 2016. The winner of the raffle will be selected at a drawing in Los Angeles on November 30, 2016.
 
To purchase tickets, please contact TLF Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680, ext. 223. Additional information about the raffle and official rules can be found on www.lagrantfoundation.org

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF BLACK BUSINESS STUDENTS (ABBS) HOSTS TLF SPEAKERS PANEL

 


(Front row, L-R) Jen Patterson, chief strategy officer at Wunderman; Krista DeFils, associate project manager at Hacker Agency; Diego Osuna, chief sojourner & founder at Globalsojourn; and Rosalinda Mendoza, client executive at IBM with students from the University of Washington

SEATTLE (April 27, 2016) – In partnership with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS) hosted a panel of marketing and communications professionals at the University of Washington on April 12. Panelists from the greater Seattle area provided career advice and knowledge to students.

Panelists from Globalsojourn, Hacker Agency, IBM and Wunderman shared their roles and responsibilities with the students. Additionally, the speakers shared their insights with attendees about their experiences in securing their first full-time roles and challenges experienced in their current roles.

The event closed with a networking segment where students had the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the speakers’ personal career paths and received advice from seasoned professionals. 

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Launches Careers for 18 Ethnic
Minority Candidates

Candidates were placed in internship and entry-level positions
 
LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2016) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) works with the top U.S. Agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations to help place ethnic minority candidates in internship and entry-level advertising, marketing and public relation positions. The Foundation sources, pre-screens and recommends candidates for available positions, which are in partnership with its donors and supporters.
 
In the first quarter of 2016, TLF has helped place 18 ethnic minority candidates among the following agencies, small businesses and Fortune 500: 
  • Aflac
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Citizen Relations
  • General Motors (GM)
  • ICON Blue
  • Nordstrom
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Starbucks
Since 1998, TLF has helped launch careers for students, securing more than 200 internship and entry-level jobs in the advertising, public relations and marketing industries.
 
For additional information about our internship and entry-level position program, please contact Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680 ext. 223 or at erickainiguez@lagrant.com.

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA IN ATLANTA
 
TLF’s 2016 Scholarship recipients will participate in three days of career building activities
 
LOS ANGELES (April 15, 2016) - The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 2016 scholarship recipients will be recognized during the 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on May 23rd at The World of Coca-Cola. This is the first time in its history the Foundation will hold the annual reception in Atlanta.
 
Twenty-two undergraduate students will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and 19 graduate students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The chosen students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. In addition to receiving the scholarships, TLF will also provide recipients with airfare and lodging to attend career-building events where they will interact with communications professionals and participate in networking opportunities over the course of three days.
 
TLF is pleased to announce the following undergraduate and graduate students:

2016 undergraduate scholarship recipients:
·       Briana Alamilla-Benitez – Augsburg College, marketing and international business
·       Maricela Avila – University of Oklahoma, public relations
·       Briana C. Caffee – University of Washington, communications
·       Hunter C. Durham – Palm Beach Atlantic University, marketing
·       Amanda M. Ferreira – University of Maryland, marketing
·       Alvin R. Harris – Dillard University, marketing
·       Michelle H. Kim – Drexel University, graphic design
·       Jorge R. Martinez – San Jose State University, marketing
·       Ovie P. Ojeni – Lehigh University, global studies (marketing track) and economics
·       Calvin Orr II – Eastern Michigan University, communications
·       Landyn J. Pan – Chapman University, public relations and advertising
·       Maitlyn N. Phan – University of Southern California, business administration
·       Kavita K. Raval – University of Michigan, communications studies and political science
·       Jose L. Rodriguez – Georgia State University, marketing
·       Ana Sabarots – University of Washington, business marketing
·       Vanessa N. Santana – Baruch College (CUNY), corporate communications
·       Michelle K. Sheu – Baruch College (CUNY), ad hoc study in design and storytelling
·       Leah E. Shin – University of Washington, business marketing, entrepreneurship, and information technology 
·       David S. Simpson – Boston College, economics and marketing
·       Jade Song – Cornell University, communications and information science
·       Alicia D. Tran – University of California, Santa Barbara, communications
·       Kayla A. Watkins – University of Georgia, public relations 

2016 graduate scholarship recipients:
·       Kevin O. Agyakwa – Syracuse University, public relations
·       Korede K. Akinsete – Columbia University, communications practice
·       Valerie A. Quintero – University of Chicago, MBA
·       Amber B. Burton – Columbia University, communications practice
·       Dalisbeth A. Galvez – City College of New York, branding and integrated communications
·       Stephanie M. Guzman – The New School, urban policy analysis and management
·       Stanley Hines – Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, experience design
·       DeAnna C. Hoy – Indiana University, MBA
·       Quiana B. Hughes – DePaul University, public relations and advertising
·       Keara K. James – Emory University, marketing
·       Ryan A. Jordan – American University, strategic communications
·       Melissa D. Julien – City College of New York, public relations
·       Cleyana Z. Mayweather – Emory University, MBA
·       Khandyce Menard – Indiana University, MBA
·       Priscilla Parra – The City College of New York, branding and integrated communications, management and planning
·       Leah J. Seay – University of Alabama, advertising and public relations
·       Erica P. Smith – Indiana University, marketing
·       Samantha M. Sukow – University of Colorado, Denver, communications studies and strategic communications
·       Jenele D. Williams – Hampton University, MBA 

Scholarship events will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications on Sunday, May 22. On May 23rd, Porter Novelli will host a career and professional development workshop for the recipients. After the workshop, students will receive their scholarships at the 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. The Host Committee Chair is Lori George Billingsley, vice president of community relations at The Coca-Cola Company and the Host Committee Co-Chair and master of ceremonies is Brad MacAfee, CEO and senior partner of Porter Novelli.
 
On May 24, Aflac will host a second career and professional development workshop for the scholarship recipients. 
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About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided 372 scholarships and $1.98 million to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides students with career & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships, entry-level positions and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

 Students in Los Angeles Learn The Art of Storytelling at TLF Career and Professional Development Workshop with IW Group 



IW Group Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer Bill Imada (far right) with workshop participants and IW Group staff

LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2016) – IW Group invited students and recent college graduates from the Los Angeles area to attend The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop at their office in West Hollywood on April 7. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to learn about the art of storytelling from a multicultural marketing agency’s perspective.  
Bill Imada, chairman and chief connectivity officer at IW Group and TLF board member, led the entire workshop. Imada presented case studies and shared how IW Group is changing the conversation with their clients by focusing on the art of storytelling. When marketing to a specific demographic, students learned that it is important to find the intersections between the company and its consumer and then tell a story about those intersections in a creative way.

For the second portion of the workshop, participants engaged in an interactive group building exercise where they used the 5 P’s of Marketing (People, Place, Price, Promotion and Product) to create a strategy to reach their career goals. 

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented Biola University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine University, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.

TLF coordinates several career & professional development workshops with different agencies and corporations throughout the United States. For additional information, please contact Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680 ext. 223 or at erickainiguez@lagrant.com.

W2O GROUP, THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS FELLOWSHIP TARGETING ETHNIC MINORITIES


-- $50,000, three-year commitment to develop future leaders --


LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2016) – W2O Group today announced a $50,000, three-year commitment to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to fund the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program targeting ethnic minority candidates pursuing careers in healthcare communications.
 
Spearheaded by W2O Group Founder and CEO Jim Weiss and TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter, the program will build on TLF’s mission of increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations.
 
“Given our expertise and focus on healthcare we are looking to ensure the next generation of leaders are ready for the challenges ahead,” said Weiss. “This partnership with TLF will result in a more diverse workforce, work with client partners to increase diversity in their communications functions, and provide more robust insights and results to clients from a diverse perspective.”
 
W2O Group launched the program with a $50,000 donation to TLF that will be dispersed over the course of three years, placing two fellows per year. The program will be a 10-week, paid fellowship in one of the following offices: New York, San Francisco, Austin, Boston or Minneapolis.
 
The program will expose the fellows to careers in healthcare communications and give them the opportunity to work with major organizations including Shire, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

“A program this dedicated to increasing minority representation is certainly beneficial to the PR/Communications profession and the healthcare industry,” said Gwen Fisher, head of global portfolio communications at Shire. “I applaud TLF and W2O Group for their partnership in making this a reality.
 
Vicky Najar, a senior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in communications is looking forward to applying for the fellowship: “Being a Latina, I understand the impact health companies can have on someone like me and the unique perspective I can bring to them.  I see this program and future career path as a way to help others in a truly meaningful way through my work.”
 
The healthcare industry is constantly evolving with a focus on patient care. In order to stay relevant and have the ability to target a wide range of patient demographics, health-focused agencies need to reflect diversity in their workforce to provide maximum value to their clients. The partnership with TLF illustrates W2O Group’s commitment to provide culturally relevant campaigns and services targeting the nation’s diverse population.
 
“Given the significant demand by both agencies and clients, this action –oriented fellowship program will be designed specifically to develop the next generation of healthcare communications and marketing professionals to meet the current and growing demand,” said Hunter.
 
About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided 331 scholarships and $1.83 million to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides students with career & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships, entry-level positions and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.
 
About W2O Group
Founded and led by chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, W2O Group is an independent network of complementary marketing and communications firms focused on integrated business solutions that drive change and growth for the world's leading brands and organizations.  W2o Group firms employ proprietary analytics to ensure precise communications in today’s social and digital reality. W2O Group serves clients through a network of firms – WCG, Twist Mktg and BrewLife – via offices in San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley, Boston, London, and Basel.

WEBER SHANDWICK AND THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION HOST PRIVATE DINNER FOR WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
 


(Front row, L-R) Michelle Giuda, senior vice president of global corporate communications at Weber Shandwick, Vivian Schiller, executive editor in residence at Weber Shandwick, Naomi Patton, vice president of Weber Shandwick Detroit, Allyson Hugley, president of measurement and analytics at Weber Shandwick, Judith Harrison, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion at Weber Shandwick

LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2016) – Weber Shandwick, in collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), hosted “Straight Talk: Managing Your Social Brand,” a private dinner and panel discussion for women of color in the communications industry.

The event was held in New York City, where a group of  senior women ranging in experience provided words of advice and encouragement to young professionals.
 
Guest speakers included:
  • Michelle Giuda, senior vice president of global corporate communications at Weber Shandwick
  • Judith Harrison, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion at Weber Shandwick
  • Allyson Hugley, president of measurement and analytics at Weber Shandwick
  • Naomi Patton, vice president of Weber Shandwick Detroit
  • Vivian Schiller, executive editor in residence at Weber Shandwick
 
The evening started with a networking session followed by dinner. Harrison welcomed the attendees and introduced Hugley, who served as the evening’s panel moderator. Giuda, Patton and Schiller served as panelists. During the panel discussion, attendees engaged in the dialogue and asked questions. 
 
Focusing on the evening’s theme of social media, the panelists shared ways to leverage digital tools to propel their careers and elevate their personal and professional brand. The speakers shared their own career-path stories and provided insight into the evolving communications industry. They emphasized the importance of using social media platforms to drive their professional path.
 
Gail Heimann, president and chief strategy officer at Weber Shandwick and a TLF Board Member, first created Straight Talk in 2012. TLF thanks Weber Shandwick for their continuous support in helping to further the mission of the Foundation.
 
For additional information, please contact TLF Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at (323) 469-8680, ext. 223 or erickainiguez@lagrant.com

AFLAC GIVES STUDENTS A SNEAK PEAK INTO THE CORPORATE WORLD AT TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN COLUMBUS, GA



Aflac’s SVP of Corporate Communications (Far left) Catherine Blades and Director of Diversity & Employee Engagement Jo Anne Hill (Far right) with workshop participants and Aflac’s staff.
 
COLUMBUS (February 19, 2016) – Students and recent college graduates from the Atlanta and Columbus area were invited to The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop at Aflac’s worldwide headquarters in Columbus, GA. The purpose of the workshop was to help students explore positions related to corporate communications while meeting with professionals. Aflac provided transportation for students in Atlanta to attend the workshop.

Catherine Blades, SVP of corporate communications at Aflac, and Jo Ann Hill, director of diversity & employee engagement at Aflac, welcomed participants to their office and presented an overview of the company. Aflac’s staff members shared testimonials that allowed participants to gain insight into working in corporate communications.
The second half of the workshop addressed the job and internship opportunities at Aflac. It discussed the company’s internship program and tips to succeed once placed. The event concluded with a networking opportunity between students and the company’s staff members.

Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop represented Clark Atlanta University, Columbus State University, Morehouse College and University of West Georgia.

LOS ANGELES STUDENTS GET AN INSIDE LOOK INTO AGENCY LIFE AT
QUIGLEY-SIMPSON BY ATTENDING TLF’S CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP




CEO of Quigley-Simpson (Far left) Angela Zepeda with workshop participants and agency staff.

 
LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2016) – Students interested in pursuing a career in advertising had the opportunity to explore agency life at Quigley-Simpson by attending TLF’s career and professional development workshop at their LA office. This was the first time the agency hosted a workshop with the Foundation.
 
Angela Zepeda, chief executive officer of Quigley-Simpson and TLF board member, gave welcome remarks and shared her experience with working in the advertising field for 28 years.
 
During a panel discussion, staff members from Quigley-Simpson shared testimonials about their career path and background in advertising. Participants learned that there are multiple paths to take to launch a career in advertising. In addition, they gained valuable resume tips and interview advice to enhance their own brand and stand out in front of hiring managers. After the presentation, participants engaged in an interactive brainstorming exercise with the agency’s creative art directors and developed a creative strategy for a client. 
 
The participants also had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles office following the presentation.
 
Attendees are students who represented the following universities: Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Cerritos College, Hampton University, LA Trade Tech Technical College and UCLA.

ALLISON+PARTNERS WELCOMES STUDENTS IN LA AND HOSTS TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
 


Co-Founder of Allison+Partners, (Far left) Scott Pansky, with TLF workshop participants and Allison+Partners’ staff
 
LOS ANGELES (February 5, 2016) – Students and recent college graduates from the Greater Los Angeles were invited to Allison+Partners’ TLF career and professional development workshop at their Los Angeles office on Friday, February 5.The workshop served as an opportunity for students to learn about the company, network with staff and gain career advice. Allison+Partners is a global communications firm and a donor of TLF.
 
Allison+Partners’ Co-Founder Scott Pansky gave introductory remarks and spoke about the clients the agency works with and the creative environment they foster at their offices. Carline Jorgensen, general manager of Allison+Partners’ Los Angeles office, gave an overview of the LA office and talked about their internship and job opportunities.
 
During the workshop, students broke out into groups for a interactive brainstorming exercise and were tasked to developed a marketing campaign strategy for a client. Participants practiced their presentation skills and showcased their team’s idea in a 3-minute spiel to Pansky and Jorgensen.
 
Students who attended the workshop represented Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Bernardino, Hampton University, Pepperdine University, San Francisco State University, UCLA and University of San Francisco.
 
The workshop concluded with a networking session with Allison+Partners Los Angeles team.
 
TLF coordinates several career & professional development workshops with different agencies and corporations throughout the United States. For additional information, please contact Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680 ext. 223 or at erickainiguez@lagrant.com.

         UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA’S JUAN-CARLOS MOLLEDA
JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Molleda is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Relations and Director of MAMC Public Relations and Communications Management



Juan-Carlos Molleda, Ph.D.
LOS ANGELES (February 5, 2016) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Juan-Carlos Molleda, professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations and director of the Master of Art in Mass Communication (MAMC) Public Relations and Communications Management specializing in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Molleda will serve on the Training & Development Committee.  
 
“Given Juan-Carlos’ impressive background and long history of teaching public relations and communications students, we are both honored and fortunate to have his braintrust, ” said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.
 
Molleda received his Bachelor of Science in Social Communication (1990) from Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela, a Master of Science in Corporate and Professional Communications (1997) from Radford University in Virginia, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis on international public relations and international business (2000) from the University of South Carolina (USC).  Since his doctoral studies in South Carolina, he has become a leading teacher and scholar in global corporate public relations management.  In 2010, he was awarded the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications Outstanding Young Alumni Award. 
 
“I am honored to be a member of The LAGRANT Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Molleda. “I look forward to working closely with the Foundation and helping reach more students of color break into the communications industry.”
 
Adding to his outreach to the professional community, Molleda currently acts as member of the board of trustees of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding member of its Commission on Global Public Relations Research.  He also acts as Latin American liaison of the Public Relations Society of America’s Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR).  He has been a site-team member for three successful CEPR evaluations of programs in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Georgia (USA).  In 2013, the Colombian Center of Public Relations and Organizational Communication (CECORP, Spanish acronym) recognized Molleda with an award for his Contribution to Public Relations Research, Education, and Training in Latin America.
 
Because of his contribution to graduate education, in 2013 and 2014, he was awarded with his College’s and University of Florida Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award. Molleda succeeds Dean Raul Reis of Florida International University (FIU) as a TLF Board Member.

UW FOSTER UNDERGRADUATE SERVICES AND ALPFA HOSTS TLF
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOP




UW Foster Undergraduate Services’ staff, ALPFA members and TLF Alumni with workshop attendees 
 
SEATTLE (FEBRUARY 2, 2016) – University of Washington (UW) Foster Undergraduate Services and the Association of Latino Professionals From America (ALPFA) UW student chapter hosted a TLF scholarship application workshop on February 2, 2016. A diverse group of freshman, sophomores and juniors from the University of Washington were in attendance.  TLF’s Programs and Communications Association, Christina Lim, presented tips and advice when applying for TLF 2016 scholarship. The workshop included a TLF and UW Alumni Panel. Andrew Escobedo, TLF 2015 scholarship recipient, and Diem Nguyen, TLF 2007 scholarship recipient, spoke to students about their experience with the foundation and how it has provided tools and resources to ensure their success in their career paths. The event concluded with a networking reception.

FINN PARTNERS FOUNDING MANAGING PARTNER
GAIL MOANEY, APR, RE-JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gail Moaney
 
LOS ANGELES (February 2, 2016) – Finn Partners Founding Managing Partner Gail Moaney, APR, has re-joined The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Board of Directors. Moaney previously served on the board from 2005 through 2008.
 
Moaney’s professional journey began in television where she received several Emmys. Her first position outside of a television studio was as Chief of Communications for the State of Ohio Department of Economic Development. Prior to Finn Partners, Moaney was Executive Vice President at Ruder Finn.
 
“I’m so excited to be re-joining the board of The LAGRANT Foundation and helping young minority college students achieve their career goals,” said Moaney.
 
“I have known Gail for many years and I am so happy that she is a member of TLF’s board of directors once again,” said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “Gail is very committed to diversity and inclusion in the communications industry and her participation on the board will help TLF move in the right direction.”

AMERICAN EXPRESS KICKED OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN NEW YORK
 

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications at American Express, Mike O’ Neill (center), with participating students and American Express staff
 
NEW YORK (JANUARY 28, 2016) – American Express kicked off the New Year by hosting a TLF career and professional development workshop at their corporate headquarters in New York on January 28. This workshop is one of many workshops The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) hosts throughout the year as part of its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the field of advertising, marketing and public relations. College undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to learn about careers in Corporate Affairs and Communications (CA&C) at American Express.
 
The workshop began with a variety of CA&C employees speaking to participants about the businesses they support and the work they do.
 
Following the presentations, students engaged in a fireside chat with Mike O'Neill, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications. The discussion covered key topics such as the importance of diversity, leadership, tips for managing ones career, what AMEX looks for in recruiting talent. In addition, students asked questions about O' Neill's career and learned about his unique experiences.
 
After the fireside chat, American Express's Social Media Communications team led an engaging session on best practices and presented case studies on recent "Social Media #Fails." The event concluded with "Speed Mentoring," where attendees rotated tables for 12-minute chats with various leaders in the CA&C department.
 
Attendees included undergraduate and graduate students and recent college graduates from Baruch College, Bloomfield College, City College of New York, Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University, and Temple University. 
 
TLF coordinates several career & professional development workshops with different agencies and corporations throughout the United States. For additional information, please contact Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680 ext. 223 or at erickainiguez@lagrant.com.

2015 Biennial TLF Alumni Tracking Survey Reveals
Success Rate of Past Multicultural Scholarship Recipients in the Communications Industry
 
Since its inception in 1998, TLF has provided 331 scholarships and $1.83 million to ethnic minorities in advertising, marketing and public relations in an effort to increase diversity
 
LOS ANGELES – January 15, 2016 – The 2015 Biennial Alumni Tracking Survey conducted by The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) found that success rates among their past scholarship recipients was at an all time high with 88 percent reporting that they were currently working in a communications related field.
 
The survey, which is conducted every two years, measures the success of the Foundation’s mission by obtaining information on the advancement of each recipient and the manner in which TLF has impacted their progress.
 
“The survey allows TLF to measure their implemented tactics and see how effective they were in fulfilling its mission of increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations,” said Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University; TLF Board Member and Chair of the Alumni Committee, Raul Reis, Ph.D.
 
Conducted July through August 2015, the online survey collected responses from a total of 204 alumni, the majority of African American and Hispanic backgrounds.

Key Findings:
  • According to the survey, recent scholarship recipients have achieved full-time employment status with 68.7 percent reporting that they are currently working full-time in a communications position.
  • Of those working full-time, 42.4 percent of the alumni are employed at a corporation, followed by a PR and Advertising Agency.
  • In addition, 73.5 percent of alumni credit TLF with helping them network with professionals in the communications field and 65.1 percent report TLF helped them with their professional development.
“Receiving the TLF scholarship has by far been one of the most defining moments in my college career. I’m so grateful for the opportunity because it solidified my passion for working in the communications industry,” said Shenneth Dove-Morse, account executive at PCI Communications.
 
“TLF has truly helped me not only pay for my schooling, but has given me multiple resources, skills, and experiences that I would have never received if it were not for the scholarship,” said Jessica Sung, program management intern at Cumming, Inc.
 
Starbucks, one of TLF’s major donors and advocates, provided two limited edition jewelry grade sterling silver Starbucks gift cards as incentives for alumni to participate in the survey. Those who opted in to take the survey were automatically entered in a drawing to win the first precious metal Starbucks cards the company has ever offered.
 
2010, 2011 and 2012 TLF Alumnus Priscilla Martinez from Los Angeles and 2011 TLF Alumnus Jason Nichols from New York were announced as the 2015 Starbucks Gift Card winners during the drawing. Both cards were pre-loaded with $50 and were valued at $200 each.
 
In total, TLF has hosted more than 130 career and professional development workshops nationwide and has helped launch careers for ethnic minority students, securing more than 200 internships and entry-level jobs.
 
“I like that TLF has really kept in constant communication with us alumni and I have enjoyed seeing the weekly agency and in-house internship/job listings,” said Diana Pinedo, account coordinator at VPE Public Relations. “That has really kept me motivated when I feel like I don’t have options in making my next career move. I know I can always count on TLF to keep me informed.”

A full copy of the survey report is available to interested individuals and organizations upon request.

WE COMMUNICATIONS HOSTS EXCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR TLF ALUMNI IN LOS ANGELES



VP of Organizational Development and Learning at WE Communications Leslie Copland and Rhian Rotz, director of corporate citizenship with TLF Alumni

LOS ANGELES (DECEMBER 4, 2015)WE Communications hosted "A Bold Journey," an exclusive leadership development workshop and networking event for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Alumni in Los Angeles on December 4th. The event was produced as part of WE Communications' generous commitment to donate $50,000 over five years to provide career development programing for TLF alumni.

The focus of the event was to create an intimate environment for participants to build a network of support, discuss key issues they encounter in the workplace and provide tools for addressing these challenges. The event began with an introduction from Rhian E. Rotz, director of corporate citizenship at WE Communications, who shared her career path in the communications field.

Leslie Copland, vice president of organizational development and learning at WE Communications, facilitated the workshop. Participants engaged in activities where they learned concepts and skills on managing themselves, managing up, and managing others. During the workshop, TLF alumni discussed issues they currently face in their work environment and exchanged advice with one another to address these problems. Participants also learned interpersonal communication and self-advocacy skills to become successful leaders in the professional world. The diverse group consisted of TLF alumni coming from a variety of professional levels and areas of expertise. The alumni leveraged this and completed the workshop with meaningful connections and learning experiences. The event closed with a networking mixer between alumni and WE Communications staff.

TLF thanks WE Communications CEO & President Melissa Waggener and Partner & Co-Founder and TLF Board Member Pam Edstrom for their long-term support of furthering the mission and continuing to provide opportunities for ethnic minority communications professionals.

QUIGLEY-SIMPSON CEO ANGELA ZEPEDA JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Angela Zepeda

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2015) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Quigley-Simpson CEO Angela Zepeda to its board of directors, where she will serve as a member of the training and development committee. Quigley-Simpson is a full-service independently owned agency in Los Angeles with an expertise in branded response working with clients such as JP Morgan Chase, P&G, Southern California Edison, Hello Fresh, Shutterfly, Stamps.com, magicJack, RetailMeNot, and many others. As CEO, Zepeda is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the agency as well as overseeing all aspects of the agency from account oversight, to new business development and operational efficiencies.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome Angela to TLF’s board of directors,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim Hunter. “She is a force to be reckoned with in our industry.”

Zepeda has worked at some of Los Angeles' best-known agencies, including Campbell Ewald, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Team One, Rapp Collins, Doner, and FCB with deep experience in several key industrial sectors, including automotive, healthcare, financial services and packaged goods.

“I think TLF provides a model for our industry standard and I am excited to see what we can do together,” said Angela. “I look forward to advancing the mission of TLF and helping the next generation of communications professionals.”

Previous to Quigley-Simpson, Zepeda was Chief Marketing Officer at Campbell Ewald (CE) - Los Angeles, and was instrumental in growing the CE Los Angeles office with organic growth as well as being responsible for securing new business, including partnerships with Covered California and PIMCO Financial Services, among others, as well as overseeing the award-winning Thrive campaign for Kaiser Permanente.

Zepeda is also an expert in marketing to women, with a keen understanding of the emotional triggers involved in women's retail habits. She has spoken on the topic at various conferences, including the ISSM CONVERGE Conference; the WLN Conference; the M2W Conference in Chicago; and the Marketing to Women Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Zepeda holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Advertising from California State University, Fullerton. She is a member of thinkLA, AAAA, and the American Advertising Federation.

CONVERSE VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS
TERRI HINES JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS




Terri Hines

LOS ANGELES (October 9, 2015) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Converse Vice President of Global Communications Terri Hines to its board of directors. Hines is responsible for leading integrated global communications strategy including – brand, entertainment, corporate, crisis, internal and philanthropy – for the Converse brand across key markets including North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

“It is an honor to be a part of TLF’s Board of Directors,” said Hines. “I feel very honored to be included in the efforts of this organization that strives to advance the career goals of ethnic minorities in the communications fields.”

Hines joined Converse, a subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. in 2010 after holding the position of Director of Communications at NIKE’s Jordan Brand. For four years, she led communications and entertainment strategy supporting the brand’s premium athletic footwear, apparel and accessories.

Her notable accomplishments are many, including spearheading the historic launch of the Converse Chuck II, marking the largest launch in the history of NIKE, Inc. During her tenure at NIKE’s Jordan Brand she was the responsible driving force behind the biggest campaign launch of the AIR JORDAN XX3, yet another historic launch for NIKE, Inc.

Prior to becoming a NIKE executive, Hines spent 10 years at Nissan North America, Inc. holding various lead positions spanning communications, public affairs, multicultural marketing, lifestyle and entertainment. Additionally, she served as the Executive Director of the Nissan Foundation, as well as the North America Chief Publicist for Nissan’s President & CEO, Carlos Ghosn during her tenure.

Currently, Terri is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ever Higher Fund; and advisory board member of the Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF); an honorary board member of Legacy Ladies Inc; and a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

“I am very excited that Terri is part of TLF’s Board of Directors,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Kim Hunter. “We have a longstanding relationship with Converse, and it’s great to continue our mission with their support.”

MSLGROUP AND TLF HOST GENERATION ACCELERATION IN ATLANTA
 
The Program is Geared Toward the Recruitment of Diverse Candidates
 

 
LOS ANGELES (AUGUST 31, 2015) – MSLGROUP partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host the second Generation Acceleration program at the agency’s Atlanta office. Students and recent college graduates from Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Spelman College were in attendance. The focus of Generation Acceleration is to provide ethnic minority candidates an inside look into MSLGROUP and the communications industry as well as gain career-building advice from professionals. Attendees learned about MSLGROUP and what it’s like to work in an agency environment. Participants were able to flex their skills during a creative brainstorm and social media challenge. Agency staff provided tips and suggestions on how candidates can build their personal and professional brand as they seek opportunities. After a meet and greet with the staff, the MSLGROUP team shared best practices to ace interviews, followed by mock interviews. The program concluded with a panel ranging from junior to senior agency employees. The staff encouraged attendees to stay in touch for additional support. MSLGROUP will select at least one of the participants of each session of Generation Acceleration as a fall intern for one of their U.S. offices.  The next Generation Acceleration session will take place in the spring of 2016.

TLF DONORS SPONSOR FIRST LATINO ACADEMIC BOARD MEMBER FROM FIU


Dean Reis

LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2015) –Dean Raul Reis of Florida International University’s (FIU) School of Journalism and Mass Communications joins the Board of Directors. Dean Reis is the first Latino academic board member to join TLF in its history.
 
“As the newest addition to the Board of Directors, Dean Reis will strengthen the Foundation’s efforts by utilizing his background in academia. I am happy to have him join after many years of him supporting the Foundation,” said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.
 
The purpose of the partnership between TLF’s donors and board members was to secure the first Latino Dean/Chair from an advertising, marketing, public relations or business program. Dean Reis brings more than eight years of experience in journalism and more than 15 years of academia to the board of directors. He began his journalism career in his native country of Brazil and received his doctorate degree in communication and society at the University of Oregon.
 
“I am humbled by this opportunity to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As a long-time advocate of TLF, I look forward to contributing and moving the mission forward,” said Dean Reis. Burson-Marsteller, Cargill, Nike, Ogilvy Public Relations, Univision and Waggener Edstrom Communications sponsored Dean Reis’ addition to the board.
 
The Foundation has awarded three scholarships in the past to FIU students. This fall, FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a TLF Speakers Panel to provide students the opportunity to network with local communications and marketing practitioners and gain industry advice.

MSLGROUP PARTNERS WITH TLF TO CREATE GENERATION ACCELERATION
The Program is Geared Toward the Recruitment of Diverse Candidates




LOS ANGELES (JUNE 21, 2015) – MSLGROUP partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host the first-ever Generation Acceleration session at the agency’s New York office. The focus of Generation Acceleration is to provide ethnic minority candidates an inside look into MSLGROUP and the communications industry and gain career-building advice from professionals. During the session, participants had the opportunity to learn about the agency world directly from agency executives. They also participated in mock interviews, a creative brainstorming session and learned how to build their personal and professional brand. Participants of the program have opportunity to stay connected with the agency’s HR team to continue to receive support as they begin their careers. MSLGROUP will select at least one of the participants of each session of Generation Acceleration as a fall intern for one of their U.S. offices.  The next Generation Acceleration session will take place in MSLGROUP’s Atlanta office on August 28.


STUDENTS EXPLORE WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK IN HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS AT TLF’S CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY THE CALIFORNIA WELLNESS FOUNDATION



LOS ANGELES (JUNE 18, 2015) – Students from the Greater Los Angeles area were invited to The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) Healthcare Communications Career and Professional Development Workshop at the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) office. Sponsored by The California Wellness Foundation, the purpose of the workshop was to help students explore positions related to healthcare communications while meeting with professionals. This career and professional development workshop is one of many workshops TLF organizes to help place minorities in advertising, marketing, and public relations careers. The afternoon began with remarks by Ketchum Senior Account Executive, Deanna Ashikyan. L.A. Care Health Plan Marketing Program Manager, Gabriela Torres, discussed what the company does and what working in the field entails. Preceding the discussions, attendees separated into groups to work on an actual GCI Health case study. The groups brainstormed the best plan for the assignment, before each group presented their ideas. GCI Health Media Relations, Kerry Sinclair revealed how her company actually dealt with this case study. Civic Engagement and Scholarship Program Coordinator at SALEF, Lea Gonzalez, discussed SALEF’s history and what the organization does before giving the closing remarks to all of the students and attendees.

TLF’S 17TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP AND DONOR RECOGNITION RECEPTION HONORS RECIPIENTS
AT GOOGLE CHICAGO




(Front row, far L - R) CEO Fred Cook and Chief People Officer Pamela Culpepper with the 2015 scholarship recipients at Golin's Chicago office
 
LOS ANGELES (JUNE 10, 2015) – Students from across the country were honored and awarded scholarships during The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 17th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception, held at Google Chicago on June 8. This was the first year the reception was held in the Windy City. The Host Committee Chair was Toni Beck, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at Waste Management, Inc. and the Host Committee Co-Chair was CEO Fred Cook of Golin. The Mistress of Ceremony for the evening was NBC 5 Chicago Anchor/Reporter, Zoraida Sambolin. Bill Imada, chairman and Chief Collaborative Officer of IW Group, Inc. gave the keynote speech for the evening. “I need all the graduates and students here to stick it out and make us proud because we need to have you in these roles,” said Imada, regarding the lack of ethnic diversity in the industry. Twenty-two undergraduate students each received a $2,500 scholarship and nineteen graduate students each received a $5,000 scholarship, all ethnically diverse and pursuing careers in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

NIKE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF NORTH AMERICA COMMUNICATIONS KEJUAN WILKINS
JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS



 
KeJuan Wilkins

LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2015) – The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Nike Senior Director of North America Communications KeJuan Wilkins to its board of directors. Wilkins is responsible for leading Nike’s media relations efforts in North America also serves as the primary spokesperson for the company.

“Nike has been a donor to TLF for many years and I am happy to welcome KeJuan to the board of directors,” said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.
 
Prior to his current role, Wilkins was the global communications director for Nike’s Jordan Brand.  Wilkins joined Nike in 2006 and has held positions as a communications manager for Nike’s East Region and its Sportswear Category as well as a Senior Communications Manager role leading basketball, football, baseball and training efforts.
 
Before joining Nike, Wilkins held communications roles at a number of sport-related companies including the New York Knicks where he spent nearly five seasons working in its public relations department.
 
“I am excited to join TLF’s board of directors and help support ethnically diverse undergraduate and graduate students as they pursue their careers in the communications industry,” said Wilkins.

BURSON-MARSTELLER AND THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION WELCOME THREE INTERNS TO THE 2015 HAROLD BURSON SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
 

NEW YORK (May 27, 2015) – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, and partner The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), is pleased to welcome three talented ethnic minority students interested in careers in public relations to the 2015 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI). The U.S. HBSI Program provides junior and senior college students with valuable, real-world agency experience that allows them to join a client team or practice group where they work hand-in-hand with seasoned public relations professionals.
 
Burson-Marsteller is a long-time supporter of TLF, a nonprofit organization that aims to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. In 2011, the Foundation partnered with Burson-Marsteller to establish the Harold Burson Fellowship Program to develop future ethnic minority leaders in the public relations industry. Each year, the Foundation selects candidates to work at one of the firm’s offices full-time for a period of four weeks, where they participate in various career development exercises, assist with client work and meet with top PR industry leaders.
 
Burson-Marsteller selected Cosette Haugen, Andrea O’Neal and Coraima Sanchez for the TLF-affiliated internship positons.
  • Cosette Haugen will join the Consumer and Brand Marketing practice in Burson-Marsteller’s Pittsburgh office. Haugen, a junior at the University of Minnesota in college, is currently pursuing B.S. degrees in marketing, strategic communications and psychology while interning during the school year as a consulting associate for Carlson Brand Enterprise.
     
  • Andrea O’Neal will join the Washington, D.C. office as a member of the Public Affairs & Crisis practice. O’Neal’s is a 2015 graduate of the University of Miami, where she earned a B.S. in public relations and human and social development. 
     
  • Coraima Sanchez recently graduated with a B.A. in public relations from San Jose State University and will work in the Corporate and Financial Communications practice at Burson-Marsteller’s New York office. 
 
Haugen, O’Neal and Sanchez, along with 49 other HBSI interns, will begin their internship on June 1, 2015. The entire 2015 HBSI class will work across 15 practice and specialty groups throughout eight U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices.
 
Earlier this year, Worldwide Vice Chair, Client Chief Officer and Asia-Pacific Chair Patrick Ford was named to TLF’s Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to partner with the LAGRANT Foundation and give these talented young PR professionals a window into the world of public relations. It’s critical that our staff be representative of the global marketplace in order to do our best work for our clients, and we are very proud to be helping to develop the next generation of public relations executives.”

Click here to learn more about the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program.


OGILVY PUBLIC RELATIONS CEO ROB MATHIAS JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS


CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations, Rob Mathias

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) - Ogilvy Public Relations North America CEO Rob Mathias joins The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) Board of Directors. Mathias is responsible for Ogilvy Public Relations' North America operations, including client service, talent management and business performance. He also oversees the day-to-day activities for the agency's Washington, D.C. office.

"I am very happy to have Rob as a member of TLF's board of directors," said TLF Chairman and CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. "Ogilvy Public Relations was a supporter of the Foundation for many years and it is great to welcome them back."

Prior to assuming the leadership of the Washington, D.C. office in 2002, Mathias served as the head of Ogilvy's San Francisco office for three years. He originally joined Ogilvy's Washington, D.C. office in 1988.

"I am proud to be a part of TLF's board of directors and help the organization strive towards its mission to increase ethnic diversity in the communications field," said Mathias.

 RADARWORKS SHARES SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
WITH UNDERGRADUATE SEATTLE STUDENTS DURING TLF RECRUITMENT EVENT
 
                              

 
On Thursday, May 7 2015, students arrived at Radarworks’ Seattle office to learn about the agency’s culture, work and internship program during The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) recruitment event. A diverse group of sophomores, juniors and seniors from Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Washington State University, Pullman and University of Washington were in attendance. Agency staff gave a preview to students about their roles within the social media, client services, creative and technology practices. Each practice delivered case studies, in a speed dating fashion, and elaborated on successful work they produced for their clients. Students had the opportunity to learn about the firm’s internship program during the Q&A panel followed by a networking reception between employees and students.

SEATTLE STUDENTS EXPLORE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT TLF'S RECRUITMENT EVENT HOSTED
BY WAGGENER EDSTROM COMMUNICATIONS
 
                                     

On Friday, April 24, 2015, students from Seattle University and the University of Washington visited Waggener Edstrom Communications’ Bellevue, Washington office to learn about their summer internship program during The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) Recruitment Event. During an intern alumni Q&A panel, agency staff shared tips and suggestions for students about the application and interview process. Senior Account Executive Katie Booth (back row, far right) and Account Executive Jamil Ghores (mid row, far right) expressed what they enjoy most about their careers is the diverse team they work with and constantly learn from. Pam Edstrom, agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom Communications and TLF Board Member, discussed her non-traditional route into the public relations field. She spoke about the power and impact of communications, emphasizing that having a communications playbook is a vital element for a company. Her segment ended with career advice for students to pursue their passions in their careers.
 

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) 2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT GOOGLE CHICAGO
 
 TLF’s 2015 Scholarship Recipients Will Participate in Three Days of Career Building Activities for the First Time in Chicago

LOS ANGELES (April 15, 2015) The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) 2015 scholarship recipients will be formally recognized during the 17th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on June 8. This is the first time in the history of the Foundation it has partnered with Google.
 
Twenty-two undergraduate students will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and 19 graduate students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The chosen students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. In addition to receiving the scholarships, TLF will also provide winners with airfare and lodging to attend career-building events where they will meet with top communications professionals and participate in networking opportunities over the course of three days.
 
TLF is pleased to announce the following undergraduate and graduate students:
 
2015 undergraduate scholarship recipients:
  • Yi-Chin Chang – University of Texas at Austin, advertising
  • London Coleman-Williams – Hampton University, strategic communications
  • Nathan DeVaughn – University of Portland, marketing
  • Andrew Escobedo – University of Washington, marketing
  • Ruben Garcia – University of Oregon, advertising
  • Alvin Harris – Dillard University, marketing
  • Cosette Haugen – University of Minnesota, marketing, strategic communications, psychology
  • Ahmed Hollowell – Marquette University, marketing
  • Menalie Hyde – Ithaca College, communication, management and design
  • Devin Johnson – Western Illinois University, marketing
  • Wesli Jones – College of Charleston, communications
  • Shaquille Kessi – Syracuse University, communication design
  • Laura Lespinasse – Northeastern Illinois University, marketing
  • Natalie Mason – San Diego State University, public relations
  • Dominique McCaskill – Xavier University, public relations
  • Savanna Mickens – Hampton University, strategic communications
  • Danielle Miller – Dillard University, mass communications
  • Kai Simmonds – City College of New York, public relations and advertising
  • Nick Valdivia – Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, advertising
  • Kia Vang – University of Washington, communications
  • Nysah Warren – Hampton University, communications
  • Lesley Zhou – Boston College, marketing and management
2015 graduate scholarship recipients:
  • Arpine Baghdasarian – American University, strategic communications
  • Reginald Benbow Jr. – Duke University, MBA
  • Derrick Biggs – University of Minnesota, MBA
  • Vanetia Cannon – Northwestern University, marketing
  • Donna Dei-Baning – City College of New York, branding and integrated communications
  • Brandon Elmore – University of Cincinnati, communications
  • Samantha Franklin - Indiana University, marketing
  • Laura Galvan – University of Texas, Austin, advertising
  • Jaclyn Gonzales – University of Minnesota, MBA
  • Daniel Harris-Lucas – Georgetown University, public relations and corporate communications
  • Alexander Harvey – Northwestern University, marketing
  • Quiana Hughes – DePaul University, public relations and advertising
  • Erick Laseca – University of Chicago, MBA
  • Natalie Mayen – DePaul University, public relations and advertising
  • Yathrib Ragsdale – George Mason University, graphic design
  • Lizmarie Orengo Santiago – DePaul University, public relations and advertising
  • Kerri Schaffer – West Virginia University, integrated marketing communications
  • Catherine Shen – Carnegie Mellon Univesity, design
  • Jae’da Turner – Northeastern University, MBA
Scholarship events will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by Waggener Edstrom Communications on Sunday, June 7. The following day, Golin will host a career and professional development workshop for recipients. After the workshop, students will receive their scholarships at the 17th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. The Host Committee Chair is Toni Beck, vice president of corporate communications and community relations at Waste Management and the Host Committee Co-Chair is Fred Cook, CEO of Golin.
 
On June 9, Wunderman will host a second career and professional development workshop for the scholarship recipients. American Airlines is the official airline sponsor for TLF’s 2015 Scholarship and Donor Recognition reception.


D.C. STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF AGENCY LIFE AT POWELL TATE BY ATTENDING
TLF'S CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
 

                                      
(Far left) Powell Tate staff members with participating students
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2015) Powell Tate partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a career and professional development workshop on Thursday, April 9 at their Washington, D.C. office. This was the first time the agency hosted a workshop with TLF.
The workshop served as an opportunity for students to get an insight into employees’ roles at an agency that specializes in public policy campaigns, and to allow them to ask questions about their career paths.
 
Fadzai Nhamburo, 2008 TLF Scholarship Alumna, opened the presentation by sharing her experience as a winner and encouraging students to keep in touch with the Foundation.  She emphasized the importance of getting involved and taking part in TLF a variety of professional events to help them succeed.
 
Pam Jenkins, president of Powell Tate, welcomed attendees on behalf of the agency during the official opening of the workshop. She spoke about Weber Shandwick – the parent company of Powell Tate – and emphasized both agencies’ commitment to diversity. Paul Massey, EVP at Powell Tate, touched on what makes the agency unique, their capabilities, the fun work environment and agency culture.
 
The second portion of the workshop included an employee panel comprised of junior to senior level agency staff. Four of the agency’s team members answered students’ questions and explained why they chose to work for Powell Tate. Students were intrigued to learn that there isn’t an “average work day” at the agency and how versatility would serve them well in the work environment. The staff advised students to be open to all opportunities to move their careers forward.  
 
Students who attended the workshop represented American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland and University of Maryland.
 

STUDENTS DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS WITH MWW DURING
TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

                                             
 
(Front row) Staff members from MWW with students at the agency’s East Rutherford, NJ office
 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (March 30, 2015) MWW recently partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a career and professional development workshop for the first time at the agency’s office in East Rutherford, NJ. MWW is one of the five largest independent agencies in the U.S. and a major donor to the Foundation.
 
Kate Michaels, employee relations manager at MWW, facilitated the workshop.  Agency staff spoke on topics that allowed students to gain insight into working in an agency, including its capabilities in reputation, crisis and issues management. Students also had the opportunity to learn how to target millennials and baby boomers in today’s consumer lifestyle market and engage with niche audiences like the LGBT community.
 
The second half of the workshop addressed the importance of students building their personal brand in order to excel in their careers.  It discussed MWW’s internship program and tips to succeed once placed, and concluded with a networking opportunity between students and the agency’s staff members.
 
Attendees were students who represented the following universities: Buffalo State College, The City College of New York, Essex County College, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

 

TLF HEADED SOUTH TO PARNTER WITH PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY’S
AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION TO HOST SPEAKERS PANEL

                                                                        
(Front row, L –R) Ian Abrams, executive director at Golin and
Adriana Lopez, account supervisor at The Axis Agency with students
 
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 30, 2015) Palm Beach Atlantic University’s American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a Speakers Panel on campus on March 27. The Speakers Panel served as an intimate setting for attendees to ask personalized questions as they begin their transitions from students to entry-level employees.
 
Ian Abrams, executive director at Golin and Adriana Lopez, account supervisor at The Axis Agency, joined students to share their experiences while working in the field and advice to become successful communicators. Lopez’s experience at The Axis Agency includes developing and implementing social and digital media strategies for clients while Abrams role at Golin includes him leading the government practice and a senior member of the corporate team.
 
Students found topics such as essential career skills to know and avoiding common mistakes to be very helpful. Attendees enjoyed asking detailed questions about their personal career paths and listening to advice from the seasoned professionals. The event closed with a networking segment. The following universities were represented: Florida International University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the University of Miami.
 

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY'S MBA MARKETING CLUB HOSTS TLF'S SPEAKERS PANEL IN DALLAS

                                  
 
(Front row, L –R) Michelle Agnew, Sr. Specialist, Commercial Comm. at Southwest Airlines; Cindy Hermosillo,
Operational Comm., Cabin Services, and Comm. and Outreach at Southwest Airlines; Joe Jones, Sr. Social Media Strategist at
Fleishman Hillard; Alexander Tan, Digital Executive Director at Golin; Elisabeth Rutledge, SVP at Hill and Knowlton Strategies;
and Lauren Butler, SVP at Ketchum with students at SMU
 

DALLAS (March 24, 2015) Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) MBA Marketing Club collaborated with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a Speakers Panel on Thursday, March 19 at SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas.
 
The purpose of the panel was to provide undergraduate and graduate students with career advice and help expand their professional networks. Panelists from Fleishman Hillard, Golin, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum and Southwest Airlines shared their roles and responsibilities with the students. Additionally, the speakers shared their insights with attendees about their experiences in securing their first full-time role and challenges experienced in their current roles. 
 
During the networking mixer, students had the opportunity to ask additional questions. The following universities were represented by undergraduate and graduate students: Dallas Baptist University, SMU, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas.

GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS
TONY CERVONE JOINS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
                                                                                                           
Tony Cervone of General Motors
 
LOS ANGELES (March 19, 2015) – Today, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Senior Vice President, Global Communications Tony Cervone of General Motors Company (GM) as its newest board member. As GM’s top communications executive, he is responsible for the company’s overall global communications strategy. He is a member of the executive leadership team and a senior advisor to CEO Mary Barra.
TLF will partner with GM to help recruit ethnically diverse candidates for the company’s summer internship program in the communication’s department.

“The addition of Tony to the Board of Directors will undoubtedly provide both credibility and validity to TLF to continue to further our mission,” said TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “Because of Tony’s leadership, he has added an additional spot in GM’s internship summer program for a TLF candidate in 2015 and to me that speaks volumes.”
 
Prior to his current position, Cervone served since 2011 as executive vice president of Group Communications for Volkswagen Group of America in Herndon, Virginia, where he revamped the company’s communications activities for its VW and Audi brands. Cervone earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine and Applied Arts from Central Michigan University where he majored in Journalism, with Business Administration and Advertising minors.  He completed the General Motors Senior Executive Program in 2003.
 
Cervone is a member of industry renowned organizations such as the Arthur W. Page Society, the Public Relations Society of America and The Seminar.  He is also a former trustee of The Institute for Public Relations, and former board member of the Automotive Press Association and the Ad Council.
 
From 2009 to 2011, Cervone was senior vice president and chief communications officer for United Airlines in Chicago, where he helped manage the company’s eventual merger with Continental Airlines.

 

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) LOGO GETS A MAKEOVER
 
                                                                  
 
TLF's new logo, above in color and black, ushers in a new look for the future of the Foundation

LOS ANGELES (Mar. 6, 2015) After 16 years, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has rebranded itself with a new logo. Visually, the new logo is colorful, with a modern look. It reflects the expansion of the Foundation as it creates programs and reaches new markets and audiences. The logo will be illustrated in two versions, color and black.
 
TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter recognized the need to update the logo and provide a fresh look to the Foundation. “The vibrant colors give the logo a look and feel that makes it distinct and memorable as we continue to expand the brand and programs across the U.S.,” said Hunter.
 
This year’s annual Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception will be held for the first time in Chicago and will venture into new markets over the next few years. The Foundation continues to push for innovative ideas to further the mission including “Straight Talk,” an exclusive dinner for ethnic minority entry-level women in the communications field and “Power Hour” sessions, a one-hour internship and resume review for students and recent college graduates.
 

THE AXIS AGENCY WELCOMES STUDENTS IN LOS ANGELES TO
A CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP


                                                     
President and CEO of The Axis Agency Armando Azarloza (far right) with participating students
 
LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2015) The Axis Agency hosted a Career and Professional Development Workshop for The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) students on Friday, March 6, 2015. President and CEO Armando Azarloza welcomed students and spoke about the company and Hispanic marketing. The students represented universities including Cal. State Dominguez Hills, Cal. State Long Beach, Cal. State Fullerton, Cal. State Los Angeles and Chapman University.

During the workshop, students heard from members of The Axis Agency's team about what it's like to work in a multicultural marketing firm. HR Representative Erica Austing spoke about how to launch a career in marketing. Strategy and Account Planner Alfonso Marquez spoke to the students about how to lay the foundation for any campaign; and Creative Director German Libenson explained the creative process.

The career and professional development workshop gave students the opportunity to visit The Axis Agency and hear first-hand what it takes succeed in a multicultural marketing agency.

 

FLEISHMANHILLARD PARTNERS WITH THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF)
TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT IN ST. LOUIS

                                                    
(Front row, L - R) Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow Drew Osifalujo, SVP and Senior Partner Mil
Galvin and Senior Manager Andrea Stammer of FleishmanHillard with attendees

 
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 24, 2015) FleishmanHillard partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a recruitment event to promote the Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship and internship program at the company's St. Louis office Friday, Feb. 20. FleishmanHillard is a long-time supporter and donor of the Foundation. This is the first recruitment event the agency has hosted in partnership with TLF. The Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship program immerses fellows into the agency for a six- to 12-month paid fellowship - with benefits - professional development opportunities and a mentor program. Fellows rotate among account teams, gaining practical experience in the field of integrated communications. 

Mil Galvin, senior vice president and senior partner at FleishmanHillard; Andrea Stammer, senior manager; and current fellow Drew Osifalujo led the workshop, which included an overview of the program and segments discussing the agency's capabilities in creative, corporate issues and financial communications. Planning and insights, as well as brand marketing, were also featured in the presentation. More than 30 students attended the recruitment event eager to learn about fellowship and internship opportunities and to gain a broader perspective on the agency's work and culture.

The presentations were followed by a panel composed of entry-level employees and Alfred Fleishman Diversity fellows, who answered students' questions about their experience at the agency. Questions ranged from describing their "average" workday, the agency culture and experience, as well as what skills are needed to thrive in the internship and fellowship programs. The recruitment event closed with a networking reception between the speakers and the students. Students left the event eager to apply for the fellowship and internship programs and appreciative for the opportunity to attend.

Attendees were students from Fontbonne University, Harris Stowe State University, Lindenwood University, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Missouri - St. Louis and Webster University.

 

WEBER SHANDWICK HOSTS TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN CHICAGO

                                              
Attendees from the workshop at Weber Shandwick's Chicago office
 
CHICAGO - Feb. 24, 2015 - Weber Shandwick hosted The LAGRANT Foundation's (TLF) career and professional development workshop for students at their Chicago office on Friday, February 20. The agency is a long-standing donor and President and Chief Strategy Officer of Weber Shandwick Gail Heimann is a board member of TLF. Weber Shandwick has hosted a number of workshops in their offices across the U.S. The workshop served as an opportunity for students to learn about the agency, network with staff and gain career advice.

The workshop kicked off with welcome remarks from Erick Laseca and Rachel Ross, two TLF scholarship recipient alumni. Erick currently works for Kraft and received the scholarship in 2010. Rachel is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University and received the scholarship in 2014. Both alumni shared their experiences when they received the scholarship and urged eligible students to apply.

Rana Komar, General Manager, Weber Shandwick Chicago and Glenn Eden, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, welcomed the attendees and provided an overview about the Advertising Age A List agency. Komar and Eden discussed the company's expansive global network and highlighted several of the agency's Fortune 100 client portfolio. The participants also had the opportunity to tour the Chicago office following the presentation.

Group Manager, Ebonne Just, led an employee panel discussion during the second half of the workshop. The panel included Weber Shandwick staff members ranging from entry-level to senior practitioners from the consumer marketing, creative, digital analytics and healthcare practices. Panelists answered questions about their day-to-day experience at Weber Shandwick, among other topics, and shared their career paths that led them to their current roles.

Attendees from the workshop are students and alumni from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, ITT Technical Institute, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
 

BURSON-MARSTELLER PARTNERS WITH TLF TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT FOR THE HAROLD BURSON SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN SANTA MONICA


                                                        
Attendees at Burson-Marsteller’s Santa Monica, California office
 
 
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (February 13, 2015)
Burson-Marsteller and The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) hosted a recruitment event to promote the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI) on Feb. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif. The event provided attendees with an in-depth look into HBSI and discussed the benefits of the program. Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency, is a major donor to the Foundation. The agency is a long time supporter and has hosted workshops in the past in various locations.
 
Kalee Bodey, human resources & recruiting coordinator for Burson-Marsteller, led the event. She discussed the structure of the program and the interview process for the three-month program. HBSI gives interns an opportunity to work on a final project and present it to senior management and clients. The program also allows the interns to gain training and life experience in the field that can often lead to employment opportunities.
 
In the second hour, entry-level employees who were former interns of HBSI participated in a panel and explained the application process. They spoke to attendees about their roles as interns, as well as the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The former interns gave advice on how to stand out as a candidate when applying for the internship. Attendees are students from Chapman University, California State University (CSU) Bakersfield, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU San Bernardino, University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California.
 

HITACHI DONATES DANCEBRAZIL TICKETS TO TLF ALUMNI 

                            

The LAGRANT Foundation would like to thank Hitachi for donating five pairs of tickets to the performance of DanceBrazil at the Wallis Center in Los Angeles. Five TLF scholarship alumni attended the performance filled with choreography inspired by Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira. Pictured above: (L-R) Alumni Ricardo Sandoval, Francesca Murray, Saata Bangura, Jade Howard, Albert Villalta and TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter.

BURSON-MARSTELLER WORLDWIDE VICE CHAIRMAN AND
CHIEF CLIENT OFFICER PATRICK FORD JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
 
                                                                                  
Patrick Ford of Burson-Marsteller
 
LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2015) - The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Patrick Ford, Worldwide Vice Chair, Chief Client Officer and Asian-Pacific Chair of Burson-Marsteller as its newest board member. He is corporate reputation and issues management specialist with more than 30 years of communications experience. He has consulted with a wide range of clients on corporate positioning, crisis and issues management, media relations, labor relations, and ally development. Since joining Burson-Marsteller in 1989, Ford has served as Senior Managing Director in Burson-Marsteller's Public Affairs Practice, Chair of the Corporate Financial Practice, and, from 2006-2011, as President and CEO of Burson-Marsteller U.S. 

Ford serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations and is a member of the Advisor Board of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism at Hampton University. He was awarded the 2014 Milestones in Mentoring Legacy Award by the Plank Institute for Public Relations at the University of Alabama.

Along with Ford's addition to TLF's Board of Directors, Burson-Marsteller will launch an initiative focusing on African-American males in the public relations industry, in a coordinated effort with TLF. The program will focus on Burson-Marsteller recruiting, training and development young African-American men primarily in their junior and senior years in college pursuing careers in communications.

TLF Chairman & CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter shares his enthusiasm regarding Pat Ford joining TLF's Board of Directors. "I am very pleased to welcome Pat as the newest addition to TLF's Board of Directors," said Hunter. "This vision targeting African-American American males led by Burson-Marsteller will continue to move the needle and address the low levels of this group in the industry. I look forward to Pat's creative and innovative ideas as this program continues to develop."

Burson-Marsteller has been a long-time supporter of TLF and launched the Harold Burson Fellowship program in which ethnically diverse candidates work at one of the agency's offices full-time for a period of four weeks. Founding Chairman Harold Burson served as the keynote speaker for the 2010 Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in New York.

 
 

HACKER AGENCY HOSTS TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN SEATTLE

(Front row, L – R) Benjamin Dupont, VP of talent; Yuko Truchon, senior recruiter and Christina Zecree, HR consultant of Hacker Agency with workshop participants

 
SEATTLE, (December 8, 2014) Hacker Agency hosted The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop on Friday, December 5 in Seattle. The workshop was geared towards students interested in pursuing a career in marketing and communications. Hacker Agency is a global direct marketing agency and a major donor of TLF.
 
Two of the agency’s employees, who were placed by TLF, shared their experiences as traffic coordinators. The staff shared why they enjoy working for the agency and how to create a successful career at Hacker. President/CEO, of Hacker Agency Spyro Kourtis gave an overview of the agency’s culture and the importance of the diversity. Kourtis and his team have produced marketing strategies for clients including Microsoft, Hyatt, and AT&T, among others.
 
Workshop attendees received one-on-one resume reviews with recruiters who provided tips and suggestions. The workshop concluded with final suggestions for students about how to secure an internship. Workshop participants were students from the North Seattle Community College, North Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and the University of Washington.

 



BURSON-MARSTELLER PARTNERS WITH TLF TO HOST HAROLD BURSON
SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (HBSI) RECRUITMENT EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY
 

(Far left) Scheron Brown, U.S. Human Resources at Burson-Marsteller with event attendees


NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 21 2014) Burson-Marsteller collaborated with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to a Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI) recruitment event  on Friday, November 21 in New York City. Burson-Marsteller is a major donor of the Foundation and has hosted numerous workshops across their network in the U.S.
 
Scheron Brown from the U.S. Human Resources team led the event beginning with a presentation about the HBSI program. Two former interns from the 2013 summer program spoke to the students about their experience and what they enjoyed about the internship. Students had many questions about the agency culture and challenges interns faced. ParticIpants were impressed and enjoyed that even Founding Chairman of Burson-Marsteller, Harold Burson, participated in the presentation of the interns final project.
 
The second half of the event focused on one-on-one resume reviews and tips on how to apply for the program. Students who attended the event are from Columbia University, Long Island University and New York University.

 



BURSON-MARSTELLER PARTNERS WITH TLF TO HOST RECRUITMENT EVENT
FOR HAROLD BURSON SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (HBSI) IN SAN FRANCISCO 


(Front row) Burson-Marsteller staff with workshop participants

SAN FRANCISCO (November 26, 2014) Burson-Marsteller partnered with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a recruitment event promoting the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI) at their San Francisco office on Friday, November 14. This was the first recruitment focused event the agency hosted. Burson-Marsteller is a major donor of the Foundation and has held workshops at their various offices in the U.S.

Kalee Bodey, HR & recruiting coordinator, led the event and discussed the structure of the program and the applicants interview process. HBSI is a ten-week program that provides candidates invaluable work experience and an opportunity to showcase their skills on a final project and presentation to senior management and clients.
 
A panel of entry-level employees who transitioned from HBSI shared their experiences with students and why they chose the agency. The panelists provided suggestions and tips to succeed during the interview process and program overall. Students appreciated receiving advice about the challenges panelists faced as interns and how they managed them. Students who participated in the event are attending San Jose State University.



CHIEF TALENT OFFICER OF HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES AND TLF BOARD MEMBER HOSTS CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
IN WASHINGTON, D.C.



(Center, left) Chad Tragakis, chief talent office of Hill+Knowlton Strategies and TLF Board Member with agency staff and workshop participant

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2014) Chief Talent Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K Strategies) and Board Member of The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Chad Tragkis hosted a career and professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. This is the first workshop the agency has hosted for students and recent college graduates at their D.C. office. Hill+Knowlton Strategies is also a strategic partner of TLF. 

Tragakis led the workshop for the day by focusing on two segments – the first was a panel of H+K Strategies staff. The panelists, who were junior to senior level executives, each shared their career paths and why they joined or have stayed at the agency. One panelist explained that they’ve enjoyed taking on a number of responsibilities and projects to work on at an entry-level position. Another panelist spoke about how they have had the opportunity to work in different areas of practice. Speakers also explained the differences, based on their experiences, between working in an agency versus in-house. 

During the second segment, Tragakis discussed the internship program and what the agency seeks in candidates. Agency staff reviewed the workshop attendees’ resumes and closed the workshop by providing them with interview tips when applying for the agency’s program. Students and recent college graduates who attended the workshop were from American University, Georgetown University, Hampton University and Howard University.



BURSON-MARSTELLER HOSTS TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

(Front row, far R – L) Shaeneez Azmat, HR coordinator and Carly Hanson, HR senior associate for Burson-Marsteller with workshop participants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2014) Burson-Marsteller hosted The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop for students and recent college graduates on Thursday, October 23 at the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The global strategic communications firm is a strategic partner of TLF and long-time supporter. 

Agency staff, ranging from entry to senior level spoke to the workshop participants about their roles at Burson-Marsteller and discussed the healthcare and public affairs and crisis practices. Employees from Direct Impact, a grassroots communications firm, also spoke to attendees about their roles and ties to Burson-Marsteller. Participants from non-communications majors had plenty of questions regarding working in the public relations sector coming from careers paths such as international relations and analytics.

Following the presentations, the students and post-graduate students learned about the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI). HBSI allows interns to join a client team or practice group where they work hand-in-hand with seasoned professionals and gain life experience in the field. The workshop ended with resume reviews and a networking segment. Workshop participants who attended were students and recent college graduates from American University, George Washington University, Hampton University and Howard University. 



TLF HOSTS SPEAKERS’ PANEL WITH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN 

MINORITIES IN ADVERTISING 

(Second row, seated, center L- R) Lara Stott, SVP for Weber Shandwick Austin; Alejandro Ruelas, CMO and managing partner of LatinWorks; and Cristina Blanco Adams, media supervisor for Y&R Austin with students

AUSTIN (Oct. 23, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) hosted a speakers’ panel in coordination with Minorities In Advertising at the University of Texas, Austin on Wednesday, October 22. Minorities In Advertising is a professional organization founded in 2013 by TLF alumna Kendra Croft to assist minority students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they will need to be successful in Advertising. This is the second speakers’ panel TLF has produced this year. 

The speakers’ panel serves as a platform where advertising, marketing and public relations practitioners can have a dialogue with students to provide career advice students and recent college graduates. The panel consisted of Cristina Blanco Adams, media supervisor for Y&R Austin; Alejandro Ruelas, CMO and managing partner of LatinWorks; and Lara Stott, SVP for Weber Shandwick Austin. 

The panel began with each speaker sharing their professional backgrounds, where they started in their careers and how they reached the position they currently have. Topics discussed during the panel included how technology and social media’s impact on the landscape of the communications industry, what opportunities students should seek to become qualified entry-level practitioners and challenges faced in the field. Students had the opportunity to also ask questions regarding how to land an internship and skills they should gain. Students who attended the panel were from the University of Texas at Austin.



RUDER FINN HOSTS FIRST TLF MEDIA TRAINING WORKSHOP IN SAN FRANCISCO 

(Seated, center) Dushka Zapata, managing director of the west coast at Ruder Finn, with workshop participants 

SAN FRANCISCO (October 20, 2014) Ruder Finn hosted the first The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Media Training Workshop on Friday, October 17 in San Francisco. The workshop focused on the importance of and how to speak to the press. Ruder Finn, an independent integrated communications firm, is a supporter of TLF.  

Dushka Zapata, managing director of the West Coast at Ruder Finn, led the workshop beginning with defining advertising, marketing and public relations. Attendees learned the “dos” and “don’t’s” when interviewing the press such as not lying and creating key messages to deliver during the interview. 

The second half of the workshop allowed participants to test out their new skills in mock interviews with each other. One person played the role of the journalist and the other played the role of a representative on behalf of TLF. After each round, Zapata would ask the group for their feedback before providing her critique. Participants became more confident in their skills after watching each of their peers take on the role of the representative. 

The workshop closed with final recommendations and suggestions from Zapata. Students and alumni who attended the interactive workshop were from California State University (CSU) East Bay, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco.



WUNDERMAN HOSTS FIRST TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN SEATTLE

(Front and back row, right) Wunderman staff with workshop attendees

SEATTLE (October 15, 2014) Wunderman hosted The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career & professional development workshop for the first time in Seattle on October 10. Wunderman is a full-service advertising agency whose client roster for the Seattle office includes national companies such as T-Mobile and Gap, as well as local clients, Group Health and Puget Sound Energy. Wunderman is a subsidiary of the Y&R Group.

The workshop began with an overview and history about Wunderman’s Seattle office, which launched in 2004 after landing Microsoft as their first client. One of the presentation highlights included a sizzle reel created for a business pitch. Participants enjoyed learning about the agency’s capabilities and receiving an office tour. Attendees were eager to learn about Wunderman Seattle’s internship program and application process.

 

Following the presentation, attendees were divided into two teams to develop and present a campaign based on Wunderman’s client, T-Mobile. Workshop participants enjoyed the challenge and having the opportunity to showcase their skills and creative ideas through the exercise. Attendees from Friday’s workshop are students and alumni from Seattle University and the University of Washington.



NORDSTROM HOSTS THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION’S CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AT CORPORATE OFFICE IN SEATTLE

(Seated, center) Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, corporate center diversity affairs director of Nordstrom with workshop attendees

SEATTLE (October 15, 2014) Nordstrom hosted The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop at the company’s corporate office in Seattle on Friday, October 10. The fashion specialty retailer is a strategic partner and long-time supporter of TLF. In 2013, Nordstrom hosted a career and professional development workshop for the 18 west coast scholarship recipients. 

Colleen Fukui Sketchley, corporate center diversity affairs director of Nordstrom welcomed students and led the workshop for the day. She shared her story where she worked on the sales floor and worked her way up, similar to a number of the employees at the corporate level. She also discussed Nordstrom’s history, the importance of customer service and how the company relies on its brand instead of advertising itself.

Workshop participants learned about the various communications teams that exist within the company, led by Tara Darrow, public affairs director. In her role, Darrow leads crisis communications, issues management and corporate social responsibility. She explained how the various communications areas including corporate affairs, internal and fashion work together for the marketing of the brand. Workshop participants had a number of questions about her role during a crisis and how participants can gain experience to enter her field.

 

Attendees expressed a strong interest in learning about Nordstrom’s corporate communications internship program. Krista Gunstone, manager of marketing strategy, led the discussion about the application process, what the company looks for in candidates and how to succeed during the internship. Colleen closed the workshop with final words of advice and answering questions. Workshop participants were students and alumni from Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. 



AIRFOIL GROUP HOSTS TLF CPDW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN

Workshop participants from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and Wayne State University
 at Airfoil Group’s office in Southfield, near Detroit, Michigan
 
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (October 7, 2014) Airfoil Group hosted The LAGRANT Foundation’s (TLF) career and professional development workshop for students for the first time in Southfield, Michigan on October 3. Airfoil Group Co-CEO, Lisa Vallee-Smith sits on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the agency is one of TLF’s strategic partners. Airfoil Group is an independent marketing and public relations firm with offices in Silicon Valley and New York City.

Jennifer Akoma, human resources director of Airfoil Group, began the workshop with an office tour and agency overview. The workshop was segmented to focused on showing how research and measurement, social media, as well as strategies and tactics applied to marketing communications perspective.
 
Students followed along as each speaker provided a walk-through of their role with the agency and case studies on their clients’ past work and results. Workshop participants enjoyed listening to the challenges Airfoil associates faced and how they dealt with crises. One of the highlights of the workshop for students was the discussion of the agency’s internship program. Workshop participants are students from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and Wayne State University.
 



RETIRED CCOS OF PROCTER & GAMBLE (P&G) AND UNION BANK KICK OFF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR TLF
 
The campaign will engage retired CCOs as well as faculty of colleges and universities nationwide to make a financial contribution to the Foundation this year


 
(L – R) Charlotte Otto, retired P&G CCO and current senior corporate strategist
at Weber Shandwick and Steve Johnson, retired CCO of Union Bank
and current principal of Johnson Communications 
 
LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is launching a fundraising effort led by Charlotte Otto, retired P&G Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and current Senior Corporate Strategist at Weber Shandwick, and Steve Johnson, retired CCO of Union Bank and current Principal of Johnson Communications.  They will co-chair a new initiative to engage retired CCOs and college faculty as donors to TLF.
 
"I'm pleased to help reach out to our retired CCO colleagues, distinguished faculty and others to get them in this game," said Otto.  "Nothing less than the vibrant future of our profession is at stake.  We desperately need far more diverse future leaders to effectively serve our companies and clients.  TLF is helping identify and educate the best and brightest diverse talent."


The campaign will commence on October 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2014. The goal is to raise between $25,000 - $50,000. Johnson and Otto will reach out to the community of retired CCOs and college faculty for on-going financial support, one-time donations, and planned gifts or bequests for TLF. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, the largest source of charitable giving came from individuals totaling $241.32 billion, in 2013.
 
“The need is great,” said Johnson. “By building partnerships with seasoned and influential professionals in business, education and other sectors of our society, we can ensure that the work of TLF, a driving force for talent and diversity in communications and marketing, will continue. The support of our retired colleagues is critical to sustaining this effort.”
 
Of the total number of students who were awarded TLF’s scholarships, 72 percent have stayed within the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. TLF alumni have secured successful employment with the following Fortune 500 and advertising and public relations agencies such as American Express, IBM, P&G, Sabre, Toys R Us, Burson-Marsteller, Golin, Hacker Agency, Waggener Edstrom Communications and Weber Shandwick, just to name a few.  
 
“The LAGRANT Foundation has built a strong track record of helping to create a more diverse pipeline of communications and marketing talent," noted Mr. Kim L. Hunter, chairman & CEO of TLF.  "We need to broaden our base of support to do more. A number of individuals contemplate making contributions prior to the end of the year to not-for-profits and causes they are passionate about so we're getting started now. Given Charlotte and Steve’s reputation in the industry, I could not be happier that they are leading this effort.”
 
TLF is deeply thankful for Charlotte Otto and Steve Johnson for their support of TLF and for leading this campaign to broaden our base of supporters. To make a contribution to TLF, visit www.lagrantfoundation.org and click on the “Donate” button.


TLF HOSTS FIRST SPEAKERS' PANEL WITH SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA CHAPTER


 
Speakers from local San Diego communications agencies and companies with students at SDSU’s campus
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (September 30, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) hosted it’s first speakers’ panel in coordination with San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Public Relations Student Society Association Chapter (PRSSA) on Friday, September 26 at SDSU’s campus.
 
This was the first speakers’ panel TLF produced for students on a college campus. The event was focused on career advice for students and experiences of the speaker’s. The event’s speakers included Brian Browski, general manager of Allison+Partners; Tom Carroll, director of customer strategy and marketing of Sharp Healthcare; Frank Cowell, president and creative director of Elevator Agency and Jimmy Keown, senior digital strategy planner of Digitaria.
 
The panel was divided into two segments. Speaker’s shared their backgrounds of how they began and moved forward into their careers. The second segment focused on questions from students present at the event. Topics discussed included how to land an internship, how to succeed during an interview, steps students can take to better prepare themselves before graduating and how students can capitalize on internship opportunities. Students who attended the panel were from SDSU and the University of California, San Diego.  



GOLIN HOSTS TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
IN THE 
"WINDY CITY," CHICAGO
 

(Standing, L – R) Zandra Zuno, executive director, multicultural marketing practice lead;
Bri Santacaterina, creative associate; Kelly Joyner, junior human resources representative
and Nikki Gould, consumer pr associate of Golin with workshop attendees
 
CHICAGO (September 23, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered with Golin to host a career and professional development workshop on Friday, September 19 at the agency’s headquarters in Chicago. Golin is one of TLF’s strategic partners and has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation.
 
Participants were interested in learning more about the agency’s recent rebranding from GolinHarris to Golin. The Golin team gave workshop participants an overview about the agency and how their first and longest standing client, McDonald’s, helped spur the agency’s growth. Attendees also had plenty of questions for the speakers and their roles within Golin’s G4 model, where employees are categorized into one of four groups – strategists, creators, connectors and catalysts.
 
The second part of the workshop consisted of a panel of entry-level associates of the agency who spoke to the group about their experience in Golin’s internship program, their transition into their current full-time roles, the selection process for the internship and how to succeed as an intern. The workshop concluded with a brief meet and greet between employees and participants. Workshop participants were students and alumni from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois.


TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HOSTED BY WEBER SHANDWICK IN SEATTLE



(Front row, L – R) Gabrielle Marchand, technology practice; Daffne Gavidia, assistant account executive,
consumer and technology practices; Danielle English, digital manager of Weber Shandwick with
students at the San Jose Weber Shandwick office
 
SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Sept. 15, 2014)  TLF’s Strategic Partner Weber Shandwick hosted TLF’s Power Hour for students and recent graduates on Friday, September 12 at their San Jose office. This is the second Power Hour to take place with TLF and the first for Weber Shandwick to host.
 
Danielle English, digital manager at the agency, led the effort for the day’s activities. English is an alumni of TLF’s scholarship program and a two-time recipient. She was selected as one of this year’s ADCOLOR FUTURES Class of 2014 and will be recognized during ADCOLOR’s Awards Program in Los Angeles.
 
Participants, students and recent college graduates from San Jose State University, gathered at Weber Shandwick’s office to participate in the one-hour event, which focused on tips for applying to internships and jobs and resume reviews. The first half of the segment focused on topics including “telling your story,” recommendations on how participants can stand out amongst their peers and Weber Shandwick’s internship program. The group was then broken up into smaller silos for resume reviews and Q&A sessions with agency staff. Each of the staff members shared their stories of how they began their careers with the agency as well as their current roles.


TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HOSTED BY WEBER SHANDWICK IN SEATTLE
 
(Front row, L – R) Elaine Helm; account supervisor, Michelle Maggs; EVP and general manager of Weber’s Seattle office;
Karly Kurata, assistant digital content strategist, Laura Miller; assistant account executive,
Chryst’l Sanchez;
assistant account executive
with workshop participants
 
SEATTLE (August 25, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered with Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global public relations firms, to host a career and professional development workshop on Friday, August 22, at their Seattle office. The agency is one of TLF’s strategic partners and Gail Heimann, president and chief strategy officer for the agency, serves on the Foundation’s board.
 
Michelle Maggs, executive vice president and general manager of Weber’s Seattle office, and Elaine Helm, account supervisor, gave students an overview about the agency including their areas of practice and how the Seattle office began in 1996.
 
Among one of the hot topics covered was “new media environment.” Helm shared four things students should know as they dive into the communications field. She also discussed how earned media could lead to sustainable engagement, which can lead to brand loyalty and advocacy. Students also received professional tips on how to land an internship and learned about the skills every communications professional should have.
 
Workshop participants seemed eager to learn about Weber’s internship program, as they listened to a panel of agency staff. The workshop concluded with a networking mixer, giving the participants an opportunity to ask questions one-on-one. Workshop participants were students and alumni from the University of Washington, Seattle University and North Seattle Community College.


THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) WILL AWARD $150,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2015
 
20 ethnic minority undergraduate students will receive $2,500 each and 20 graduate students will receive $5,000 each from across the U.S. pursuing careers in advertising, marketing or public relations
 
LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014/2015 academic year for ethnic minority college students who are pursuing a career in public relations, marketing or advertising. For consideration, scholarship applicants must complete an application by February 27, 2015. Applications are available online at www.lagrantfoundation.org.
 
For the first time, TLF will be hosting its Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception in Chicago. Scholarship recipients will be able to meet, network and receive insight from industry professionals and will attend a welcome dinner and two informative career and professional development workshops.
 
Applicants must be of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaska Native descent and be enrolled in an accredited college or university within the U.S. Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and graduate students must have at least a 3.2 GPA. There will be 20 undergraduate recipients awarded $2,500 each and 20 graduate recipients awarded $5,000 each. All scholarship recipients must be available to attend all TLF scholarship activities and make a commitment to maintain contact with TLF for assistance with professional growth. Additional information and the application can be acquired through TLF’s website at www.lagrantfoundation.org.
 
 
Scholarship recipients will be participating in a variety of activities over a three-day period from June 7 through June 9, 2015. To kick-off the festivities, recipients will attend a welcome dinner hosted by Waggener Edstrom Communications. The following day, students will attend a career and professional development workshop hosted by Golin. Closing activities for the day include the 17th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. In addition, Bill Imada, chairman and chief collaboration officer at IW Group, will be the keynote speaker for the night. Imada is the first TLF Board Member to speak as the keynote for the Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. To conclude the students final day of activities, recipients will attend a second career and professional development workshop before departing the Windy City.
 
For additional information about TLF’s scholarship program, contact Programs & Communications Associate Nelly Alonso at (323) 469-8680 ext. 240 or email at nellyalonso@lagrant.com.


DARE AND CITIZEN RELATIONS HOST TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN LOS ANGELES
 
Director at Citizen Relations Michelle Ruiz-Ponce (top row, second from right) and Vice President
and U.S. General Manager at DARE Clint Schaff  (top row, far right) with participating students

LOS ANGELES (August 25, 2014) - DARE and Citizen Relations teamed up to host a career and professional development workshop for students on Friday, August 22, 2014. The workshop took place in the agencies' shared office in Los Angeles.

Headquartered in Canada, DARE is a brand building agency for the digital world with office in London, Bristol, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Citizen Relations is an international PR agency engineered for the digital age with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Irvine, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City.

Vice President and U.S. General Manager at DARE Clint Schaff and Director at Citizen Relations Michelle Ruiz-Ponce led the day's activities. The first phase of the workshop began with Schaff and Ruiz-Ponce giving the students a brief history of each agency and the work they have generated for a variety of clients. The second phase was an interactive activity where the 21 participating students were separated into different groups and brainstormed ideas based on a client both agencies work on.

Each group then presented their ideas and received feedback. At the end of the workshop, Scahff and Ruiz-Ponce conducted a Q&A session with all of the students and ended the workshop with career advice. Participants of the workshop attend or are alumni of Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, California Baptist University, Georgia State University, Pepperdine University, USC, UCLA, The Art Institute and Santa Monica College.
 


MSLGROUP HOSTS FIRST-EVER TLF POWER HOUR IN SEATTLE
 
 
(Back row, left) Steve Bryant, director, food and beverage: managing director,
Seattle for MSLGROUP
with agency staff and workshop participants
 
SEATTLE (August 25, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) collaborated with MSLGROUP to host the first-ever TLF Power Hour – an experience for students and recent graduates where they can meet with agency staff to prepare for internship and job opportunities. The Power Hour was held on August 21 in MSLGROUP’s Seattle office.
 
The Power Hour focused on students and recent graduates seeking internship and entry-level opportunities in the Greater Seattle Area. Steve Bryant, director of food & beverage and managing director for the Seattle MSLGROUP office, led the Power Hour by providing an overview about the agency’s internship program – MSLGROUP Insider’s Challenge. Bryant, along with agency staff, discussed what sets their internship program apart from competitors and, recommendations on how to succeed in landing a position with them.
 
Participants also had the opportunity to ask agency staff questions about their experiences working in an agency, why they choose to work for MSLGROUP and why they stay, as well as advice to enter the field. The Power Hour concluded with thorough one-on-one resume reviews between agency staff and participants. Participants from the Power Hour were students and alumni from Seattle University, University of San Francisco and the University of Washington.


 

40 ETHNIC MINORITY COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVE $150,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION


(Front row, center) SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of IPG Heide Gardner with 2014 scholarship recipients

 

MINNEAPOLIS (May 22, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) recognized 40 ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in advertising, marketing or public relations by awarding them $150,000 in scholarships. The students were recognized on Monday, May 19 at TLF’s 16th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception. This was the first time TLF hosted its annual Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception in Minneapolis. Of the 40 students selected this year, six hailed from colleges and universities in Minnesota.

The 2014 TLF scholarship recipients participated in a series of activities over the course of three days beginning with a welcome dinner hosted by Waggener Edstrom Communications on Sunday, May 18 followed by an exclusive career & professional development workshop hosted by Carmichael Lynch on Monday, May 19. Students were immersed into the agency’s culture and spent the day meeting a number of the staff, where they learned about their clients and successful campaigns as well as essential skills to break into the industry.
 
Baza Haile-Selassie, an undergraduate student majoring in marketing at the University of Minnesota, expressed her gratitude and the profound effect from participating in the activities in Minneapolis. “I liked that the format left a lot of time for networking. I was able to meet several people and gather business cards as well. I had a wonderful experience and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this program and the TLF family!” said Hailie-Selassie.
 
The reception began with welcome remarks from Corporate Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill, Inc. Mike Fernandez. KARE 11 Reporter Boua Xiong served as the evening’s emcee and Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office of Interpublic Group Heide Gardner delivered the keynote speech. The 40 scholarship recipients were recognized on stage followed by a reception attended by local supporters and organizations from the Twin Cities.
 
The scholarship recipients concluded their stay in Minneapolis at Cargill’s headquarters on Tuesday, May 20 where they participated in a career & professional development workshop to learn about the company, worked on real-life case studies and networked with additional professionals in the field.


WEBER SHANDWICK HOSTS TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO


 
Weber Shandwick staff with students at the San Francisco office
 
SAN FRANCISCO (April 25, 2014) Global public relations agency Weber Shandwick collaborated with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to host a career & professional development workshop for students.  The workshop took place in the agency’s San Francisco office where speakers provided students an in-depth description about the agency and their own career paths.
 
Weber Shandwick is a major donor of TLF and President of Weber Shandwick, Gail Heimann, sits on TLF’s Board of Directors. The agency has hosted career & professional development workshops in other major U.S. markets and has a strong reputation for hiring ethnically diverse students for their practices. In 2012, Weber Shandwick launched Straight Talk, in partnership with TLF, which is an exclusive dinner for ethnically diverse women in the communications industry seeking networking and career advice within the field.
 
Senior Digital Associate Danielle English, who facilitated the workshop, is an alumna of TLF’s scholarship program. Danielle shared her experiences with the students about how she benefitted from receiving the scholarship and its impact on her today. Amongst the students was one of TLF’s 2014 graduate scholarship recipients, Larry Woodland, who enjoyed listening to Danielle’s insight about her experience.
 
Students received an overview about Weber Shandwick’s capabilities from agency staff and enjoyed listening about the digital practice. The speakers covered the agency’s public relations practices and gave advice on how to break into the field. Workshop participants were eager to ask questions about the speaker’s advice regarding how to connect with hiring personnel, what the agency seeks when considering candidates and upcoming opportunities.
 
Students who attended the workshop are from the following colleges and universities: California State University East Bay, Mills College, San Jose State University and the University of San Francisco.

 


CONILL HOSTS TLF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
DIVING INTO THE WORLD OF HISPANIC ADVERTISING
                                                                                            
            

 
               (Front row) Conill agency staff with students
 
EL SEGUNDO, CA (April 21, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) recently partnered with advertising agency Conill to host a career and professional development workshop for students and recent college grads. The workshop included an information session about Conill's capabilities and work in the marketplace and a panel discussion on industry trends.
 
Agency employees, also known as "Conillians," opened the workshop with an overview of their culture, purpose and expertise. Conill's staff is comprised of 199 employees between its Los Angeels and Miami locations, with L.A. being the larger of the two. The agency’s client roster includes Toyota, T-Mobile, P&G and Aflac.
 
Among the speakers present during the workshop was Priscilla Martinez, a three-time TLF scholarship recipient and alumna of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Before her transition from intern to account coordinator at Conill, Martinez’s experience included internships at a variety of boutique agencies and small businesses. She is also an alumna of the MAT (Multicultural Advertising Training) Program based in Los Angeles. Many of the students in attendance were from CSUDH’s Communication’s Department and were happy to meet with the proud alumna.
 
TLF 2014 scholarship recipient Diana Pinedo, who is an undergraduate public relations major at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was inspired after meeting Martinez during the workshop. “I’ve read so much about her on TLF’s website! It’s great to meet an alumna of the scholarship program and hear her share her story,” said Pinedo.

Workshop attendees enjoyed learning from past client work, including the very successful "Somos Muchos" campaign Conill created to build trust and loyalty among Latinos after the 2010 Toyota recall crisis.

Following the speaker session, Conill staff led workshop participants on a tour of the agency's creative workspace, followed by an industry panel dubbed "Mad People." The panel comprised individuals from Conill's creative, media, planning, account, production and social media departments to answer previously submitted questions ranging from market misperceptions to the challenges of connecting with Latinos.

Students who attended the workshop yielded from a number of Southern California universities including: California State University (CSU), Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona; Loyola Marymount University, the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California (USC).
 
About Conill

Conill is among the most highly awarded Latino agencies in the U.S. and is a four-time recipient of the prestigious American Association of Advertising Agencies' O'Toole Multicultural Award. It was named Multicultural Agency of the Year by leading industry trade publication Advertising Age in 2010 and 2007. The agency's roster of clients includes Aflac, Proctor & Gamble, T-Mobile and Toyota Motor Sales. Web: www.conill.com. Twitter: @Conillional development workshops with agencies and corporations throughout the United States. For additional information, please contact Programs & Communications Associate Nelly Alonso at 323.469.8680 ext. 240 or at nellyalonso@lagrant.com.

 
 


COHN & WOLFE AND TLF PARTNER FOR A CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN ATLANTA

(Far back row, right) Cohn & Wolf Managing Director Stephen Brown and workshop participants
 
ATLANTA (April 7, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation collaborated with Cohn & Wolfe’s Atlanta office to host a Career & Professional Development Workshop on April 4. The workshop provided a forum for students, alumni and faculty to address topics outside of the college curriculum.
 
Cohn & Wolfe Assistant Account Executive Roberta Jackson discussed how she entered the field of public relations and landed her current position with the agency. During the workshop’s question and answer portion, students took interest in Jackson’s story and inquired about her experience as an African-American woman in the agency, thereby sparking discussion about the general lack of ethnic diversity in the industry.
 
Stephen Brown, Cohn &Wolfe Managing Director, conducted an interactive exercise in relation to a new product for one of Cohn & Wolfe’s major consumer clients. The exercise involved determining public relations tactics, and proposing story headlines and social media posts about the product.

Other Cohn & Wolfe associates gave workshop participants resume tips, contributed to the Q & A discussion and provided attendees a tour of the Atlanta office. Students, alumni and faculty in attendance were from Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University and Morehouse College.
 

 
TLF CELEBRATES 16 YEARS BY AWARDING $150,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
 
20 Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Students And 20 Graduate Students From Across The Country Selected This Year
 
LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) will recognize 40 exemplary college students from across the country in Minneapolis to be formally recognized as the 2014 scholarship recipients during the 16th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception on May 19 at Carmichael Lynch. Of the hundreds of students who submitted their applications to be considered for the scholarship, 20 graduate and 20 undergraduate students from ethnically diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations were selected to receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships.

Undergraduate students will receive $2,500 scholarships and graduate students will receive $5,000 scholarships to help fund their education. As part of receiving the scholarship, TLF will also provide winners with airfare and lodging as they attend three-day career building events where they will meet with top communications professionals and receive networking opportunities. This is the first time the Foundation will host its scholarship activities and reception in Minneapolis.
 
TLF congratulates the following undergraduate and graduate students.

2014 undergraduate scholarship recipients:
  • Diana Albrecht – University of Minnesota, creative advertising
  • Edna Barrera – Sam Houston State University, public relations
  • Kiah Clingman – Howard University, advertising
  • Drew Coveyou – University of Minnesota, strategic communications, emphasis in advertising
  • Kendra Croft – University of Texas, Austin, advertising
  • Hunter Durham – Palm Beach Atlantic University, marketing
  • Baza Halie-Selassie – University of Minnesota, marketing
  • Khaled Hassan – City University of New York, advertising & public relations
  • Cosette Haugen – University of Minnesota, marketing, psychology and strategic communications
  • Ahmed Hollowell – Marquette University, marketing & information technology
  • Miguel Juarez – University of Texas, Dallas, marketing
  • Midori Ng – University of Washington, marketing & information systems, minor in diversity
  • Chris Onesto – Art Center College of Design, advertising
  • Sulin Phat – Ausgburg College, public relations & advertising
  • Diana Pinedo – California State University, Long Beach, journalism, emphasis in public relations, minor in communucations
  • Niloufar Rajabi – Brigham Young University, advertising
  • Pierre Stahrre – University of Southern California, public relations
  • Jessica Sung – Indiana University, communications and management
  • Fue Yang – Minneapolis College of Art and Design, web & multimedia
  • D’Andre Young – Brandeis University, communications and american studies
2014 graduate scholarship recipients:
  • Lakshmi Akella – Southern Methodist University, MBA
  • Amanda Beck – West Virginia University, integrated marketing communications
  • Johnathan Butler – Florida State University, integrated marketing communications
  • Jessica Crocco – New York University, integrated marketing communications
  • Camila Espana – University of Michigan, MBA
  • Frederick Garcia – City College of New York, branding & integrated communication
  • James Jernigan – University of Minnesota, MBA
  • Amber Jackson – City College of New York, branding & integrated communication
  • Charles Johnson – New York University, public relations & corporate communications
  • Amanda Jones – Northwestern University, marketing, management & organizations
  • Lily Kim – DePaul University, public relations & advertising
  • Rosalinda Mendoza – University of Washington, MBA
  • Vanessa Pinedo – University of Chicago, marketing & strategy
  • Dorado Quick – Virginia Commonwealth University, advertising
  • Yathrib Ragsdale – George Mason University, advertising
  • Rachel Ross – Northwestern University, marketing & brand management
  • Luis Sanchez – DePaul University, advertising & public relations
  • Desiree Taylor – Troy University, strategic communications
  • Larry Woodland – Mills College, MBA
  • Aaron Young – University of Texas, El Paso, MBA
The scholarship events will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by Waggener Edstrom Communications on May 18. The following day, May 19, Carmichael Lynch will conduct a career and professional development workshop and host the 16th Anniversary Scholarship & Donor Recognition Reception. On May 20, global agricultural company Cargill, Inc. will conclude with a final workshop for the scholarship recipients.
 
This is the largest number of scholarships to be awarded in one year. Since its 1998 inauguration, TLF has awarded more than $1.71 million in scholarships to students who share the Foundation’s mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. TLF was established to address the severe lack of ethnic diversity within advertising, marketing and
public relations industries in the past. Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2013, advertising, marketing and public relations positions are held by a combined total of 8.7 percent African American/Blacks, 14.7 percent Asian American/Pacific Islanders and 36.5 percent Hispanic/Latinos.
 
Through generous donations and dedicated board of directors, TLF is able to maintain its commitment to helping ethnic minorities thrive in advertising, marketing and public relations.

 

 
TLF PARTNERS WITH COCA-COLA TO HOST A CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

 
 
(Front row, L) Jose Boza, president of Boza Agency, (back row, R) Gorki De Los Santos,
public affairs and communications manager of The Coca-Cola Company with students
and alumni at the Hollywood, FL Coca-Cola bottling plant
 
HOLLYWOOD, FL. (March 31, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) and The Coca-Cola Company hosted a Career & Professional Development workshop at Coca-Cola’s Hollywood, Fla. bottling plant on Friday, March 28.

Attendees received an opportunity to speak with industry professionals from other companies such as Subway, Wasserman Media Group, Wunderman and Boza Agency. One of the workshop’s main themes included the importance of diversity within the communications industry.
 
Gorki De Los Santos, public affairs and communications manager at Coca-Cola, and Jose Boza, president of Miami-based bilingual public relations & marketing firm Boza Agency, started off the workshop by defining advertising, public relations and marketing and how they’re becoming interconnected practices. Together, De Los Santos and Boza spoke about multiculturalism with today’s brands and how integrated marketing, public relations and advertising play out with multicultural audiences. They also shared why certain strategies work in one market and not in another.
 
Following De Los Santos’ and Boza’s presentation, the speakers discussed their specialties and the reasons they ended up in their fields. They also touched on where the communications industry is heading and how it will affect multicultural consumers. The panel also advised attendees not to let the definition of the word “minority” define them as communications professionals.
 
The event concluded with a tour of Coca-Cola’s bottling plant. Students and alumni in attendance were from Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, University of Florida, University of Miami and Art Institute of Miami.

 
TLF AND WEBER SHANDWICK PARTNER TO HOST A CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
ABOUT BREAKING INTO THE PR INDUSTRY IN MINNEAPOLIS 
 
 
(Back row, L) EVP and General Manager of Weber Shandwick Eric Pehle and (Front row, far right)
Senior Manager of Human Resources of Weber Shandwick Nicole Blake with students
 
MINNEAPOLIS (March 25, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered with Weber Shandwick to host a Career & Professional Development workshop on March 21 that focused on upcoming industry trends and what it takes to break into today’s workforce. Among the attendees were students and alumni from the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University and Hamline University from the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
 
Eric Pehle, executive vice president and general manager of Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis office, highlighted the agencies capabilities, their clients and what a day in the agency entails. He also answered questions from the audience and talked about the changing landscape of the industry, particularly the merging of public relations, marketing and advertising. Following Pehle’s presentation, attendees also received a tour of the agency.
 
Nicole Blake, Weber Shandwick’s human resources senior manager, discussed how the agency selects their interns and offered insight on how college students and recent graduates can package their experiences in ways that can leverage career opportunities.
 
A panel of entry-level Weber Shandwick employees also joined the workshop to talk about how they started in the field and what it’s like working for the agency. The workshop concluded with a networking opportunity between Weber Shandwick associates and attendees.



CHIEF TALENT OFFICER CHAD TRAGAKIS of HILL+KNOWLTON STRATEGIES JOINS
TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Chief Talent Officer Chad Tragakis of Hill+Knowlton Strategies
 
LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2014) Chief Talent Officer Chad Tragakis of Hill+Knowlton Strategies joins The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Board of Directors. As the Foundation’s newest board member, Tragakis is a part of a group of leaders who are committed to ethnic diversity in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations.
 
In his role as chief talent officer for Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Tragakis’ responsibilities include supporting talent acquisition, coordinating succession planning across the company, ensuring a meaningful performance review process for every employee, fostering increased internal communication and collaboration, facilitating greater mobility within and across regions and ensuring active mentorship.
 
“I am very happy Chad has joined TLF’s board of directors,” said TLF Founder/Chairman, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “His experience will bring insight and guidance to the Foundation and to the students we serve.”
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Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been a supporter of the Foundation for many years, hosting career and  professional workshops in various offices and placing interns with many different practices and teams within the global strategic communications firm.
 
“I have learned that organizations that truly value talent also value diversity,” said Tragakis. “I admire The LAGRANT Foundation for its commitment to connecting diverse talent with companies where they can really shine, and I’m excited to work more closely with the Foundation to meet that goal.”
 
TLF welcomes Tragakis to its board of directors as the foundation is ready to embark on its 16th Anniversary and continue striving toward its mission of increasing the numbers of ethnic minorities in advertising, marketing and public relations. 
 
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 88 offices in 49 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. For more information, please visit www.hkstrategies.com.



TLF PARTNERS WITH DAVIS ELEN ADVERTISING & CASTELLS & ASOCIADOS TO HOST
A CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN LOS ANGELES

                            
   
Workshop participants at Castells' office in downtown Los Angeles 
 
LOS ANGELES (March 17, 2014) Davis Elen Advertising and Castells & Asociados teamed up with The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) to give college students and alumni a 360-degree overview of the advertising industry.

Davis Elen Advertising (DE) is one of the largest full-service advertising agencies on the West Coast. Castells & Asociados (Castells) is one of today’s top Hispanic marketing and advertising agencies where TLF board member Liz Castells serves as president and CEO. The agency is also a major donor of the Foundation. Both agencies are headquartered in downtown Los Angeles and two of their clients include McDonalds and Toyota.
 
The Career and Professional Development Workshop consisted of various presentations conducted by DE associates showcasing the different aspects of advertising, including account management, strategic
planning, pre-planning media, media planning and buying, and creative direction. To wrap up the event,
the Castells team talked about Hispanic marketing, an industry that they said has come a long way from the mere English to Spanish translation of advertisements. Speakers kept the crowd engaged by asking them questions throughout each presentation and giving away small prizes.
 
Among the attendees were students and alumni from California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Fullerton, CSU Pomona, San Diego State University, University of Southern California and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
David Moranville, DE’s chief creative officer, recounted the agency’s unusual, but widely successful 2010 Mafia Wars campaign that ended with rapper Snoop Dogg blowing up an armored truck. “You’ve got to be known for something,” said Moranville. “Don’t steal ideas, but let them seep into your pores and influence you.”

 

 
CO-CEO VALLEE-SMITH OF AIRFOIL JOINS TLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Co-CEO Lisa Vallee-Smith of Airfoil
 
LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) welcomes Co-CEO of Airfoil, Lisa Vallee-Smith, as the newest member of its board of directors. Vallee-Smith co-founded Airfoil along with Janet Tyler in 2000. Airfoil is an independent public relations and marketing firm serving both emerging and leading technology companies.
 
In her role as Co-CEO, Vallee-Smith is responsible for ensuring the agency’s success on three fronts: reputation/market position, strategic planning and sales.
 
“Lisa is a great addition to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Her passion for this industry is clear and will provide great guidance for the future leaders of the communications industry,” said Founder/Chairman of TLF, Mr. Kim L. Hunter.
 
TLF is excited to have Vallee-Smith join the board of directors to advance the mission of increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields advertising, marketing and public relations.
 
About Airfoil
Airfoil is an independent public relations and marketing firm serving both emerging and leading technology companies. With teams in Detroit, Silicon Valley, London and Hong Kong, the agency drives technology communications for a growing client roster across consumer, enterprise, healthcare and automotive segments. Airfoil provides services to measure, inform and accelerate clients’ marketing communications, digital, social media and brand strategy programs.  Airfoil has been honored with numerous industry awards including, being named Technology Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report and recognized as a Best Place to Work by Advertising Age.
 

 
TLF SELECTS GIVON FORBES AND SAMRA MENGITSU FOR THE HAROLD BURSON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
 
     Givon Forbes, Bowie State University                Samra Mengitsu, University of Washington
 
LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2014)The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has selected Givon Forbes and Samra Mengistu to participate in the Harold Burson Fellowship Program. Forbes, a graduate student at Bowie State University, will have the opportunity to work at Burson-Marsteller’s Chicago office. Mengistu, a recent graduate of the University of Washington will work at the agency’s San Francisco office.
 
Harold Burson is the founding chairman of Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations and communications agencies in the world. The program highlights Mr. Burson’s achievements while developing future ethnic minority leaders in the public relations industry. Throughout the years, Mr. Burson has made many personal contributions to further both his and TLF’s mission in diversifying the industry. Since making a generous contribution of $50,000 as a five-year commitment, TLF has successfully placed three out of five fellows in the program.

During the program, the two fellows will dedicate eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, to the program with assignments to complete each week. TLF is excited to have Forbes and Mengistu as Harold Burson Fellows this year. They will join the Burson-Marsteller Chicago and San Francisco teams while gaining invaluable skills, knowledge and hands-on experience that will strengthen their career path.
 
Givon Forbes from Laurel, Maryland, is a graduate student completing his master's degree in organizational communications at Bowie State University. He has diverse experience in retail, real estate, K-12/higher education, and research development. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Morgan State University.
 
Samra Mengistu is from Seattle, Washington and recently graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in diversity. She has completed several internships during her college career and believes the experience of the Harold Burson Fellowship Program is an amazing opportunity and launching pad for her career in public relations.


STUDENTS LEARN TRICKS OF THE TRADE WITH WAGGENER EDSTROM DURING TLF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
 
(Front row, center) Pam Edstrom, agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom, with students at the agency’s office
 
 
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (February 28, 2014) The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) partnered with Waggener Edstrom for a career and professional development workshop on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at its Lake Oswego office.
 
Pam Edstrom, Waggener Edstrom agency partner, co-founder, and TLF Board Member, opened the workshop by telling students about what it’s like responding to crises and the impact of communications on various audiences, and described communications as “the most exciting profession.” Among the attendees were students from University of Portland, University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College.
 
“Be the champion of your career,” Edstrom said. She mentioned communications professionals should think about what the business problem is they want to solve for their client, and what are the three things that will signal success. Edstrom offered the audience both life and career advice in terms of finding their passion and thinking ahead. She also said that when looking for talents to hire, Waggener Edstrom especially values candidates who are “curious and street smart.”
 
At the close of Edstrom’s speech, the agency’s human resources staff separated the students for individual mock interviews and a group resume review, followed by a Q&A panel with junior Waggener Edstrom employees.
 
Monica Santos-Pinacho, a two-time TLF scholarship recipient and Washington State University, Vancouver alumnus, joined the workshop as one of the junior employees. She now works on the Windows Global PR team for the agency. At the end of the event, student attendees were given a tour of the Waggener Edstrom office.

 
TLF TAKES FLIGHT WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES