LOS ANGELES – Feb. 1, 2013 – The Black Public Relations Society – Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) celebrated its re-launch at a networking mixer Thursday hosted by Disney Consumer Products in Glendale, CA. The event was well attended by professionals who work in a diverse range of communications functions including public relations, publicity and media relations, corporate communications, community relations, event planning, social media, marketing and public affairs.
“Our primary focus is professional development, career advancement, information sharing and promoting diversity within the industry,” said Shawn Turner, president of BPRS-LA and manager of public relations for Disney Consumer Products. “BPRS-LA activities will include monthly meetings, panel discussions, webinars, special events and networking opportunities for jobs and business.”
The local organization is an affiliate chapter of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), the nation’s foremost organization for professional image-makers and strategists. Its network of 500-plus members includes professionals in every aspect of public relations. (www.nbprs.org)
“Our national organization was founded in Los Angeles by the late Pat Tobin, whose spirit is with us today,” said Phyllis D. Banks, vice president of BPRS-LA, a board member of the national organization and president of P. Banks Communications.
The local chapter had been inactive for several years but has been revived, in honor of Tobin, who mentored many African American public relations professionals in Los Angeles. Her daughter Lauren Tobin, CEO of Panther PR, served on the event host committee with Turner, Banks and Tosha Whitten Griggs of The FrontPage Firm. Lauren Tobin and Whitten Griggs will also serve on BPRS-LA’s advisory board.
The re-launch program featured DeVon Franklin, senior vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Franklin has spearheaded some of Sony Pictures’ most successful films including “Karate Kid,” “Jumping the Broom,” and last year’s “Sparkle.” He is also a minister and author of “Produced by Faith,” an inspirational and motivational self-help book chronicling his journey in the entertainment industry.
“Franklin provided provocative insight from his book on how to up your game and achieve overwhelming success in any and every thing you pursue. We were thrilled to have him for our BPRS-LA kick-off,” Turner said.
The next BPRS-LA event is scheduled for late March at Edelman public relations agency in Los Angeles, CA. Visit www.nbprs.org