By Celeste Malone for MP&F’s Diversity Committee One of our newest staff associates Celeste Malone wrote the following post in celebration of Juneteenth, an American holiday on June 19 that commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas and is widely viewed as the end of slavery in the United States. MP&F’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which Celeste is a member of, provides regular programming for the office to create a more open and self-aware environment. The content of the post was part of a presentation Celeste and fellow staff associate Ira Hughes gave during a recent staffwide meeting. On June … Read More
We live in a nation divided. And no, I’m not talking about political beliefs or gender wars. The latest variable is age. From baby boomers to Gen Z – the next generation on everyone’s radar – we live in fast-moving times, and everyone has an opinion. The generalized feeling of baby boomers is they want millennials to get off their phones, have face-to-face conversations, and stop being so entitled and lazy. After all, they had to walk to work uphill both ways in their heyday, so it’s only fair. On the other hand, millennials (myself included) – when taking a … Read More
MP&F partner Alice Chapman serves on the board of the PRSA Counselors Academy and is a PRSA member. Her most recent blog post, about the importance of diversity in an agency setting and MP&F’s commitment to being a diverse and inclusive workplace, first appeared on the PRSA blog, PRSay, in honor of Diversity Month. Read her entire post below. I’m not an expert on the topic of diversity, but I am a partner in a midsized, independent communications firm that has made a serious commitment to increasing its staff’s diversity. Diversity is important to us, to our employees – especially the … Read More
Earlier today, MP&F Vice President Javier Solano led an online “diversity chat,” presented by the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Solano, also the vice president of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, was the guest expert during a Facebook Live discussion about diversity and inclusion initiatives in the communications industry. Born in Santa Marta, Colombia, and raised in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Solano graduated from Columbia University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in English. A former print journalist, he has been with MP&F since 2001. Photo: PRSA Nashville Diversity Chairwoman Ivy Johnson, a Tennessee … Read More
For the past two months, I have worked as an MP&F intern conducting research, creating social media calendars, writing blog posts and generally learning what it’s like to work in an agency setting. It’s been a great experience that I will always cherish. For those who are curious as to what it’s like to work here, I drafted a blog post about my time at MP&F. 1.) MP&F has a long list of clients, and you will work with a diverse group of them. On my first day as an intern, I was placed on five different client teams in various industries … Read More
University of Tennessee graduate Aya Harasawa has joined MP&F Public Relations as the agency’s 2016 Diversity Fellow. The MP&F Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to prepare participants from diverse backgrounds for careers in public relations. Fellows will participate in MP&F’s mentorship and professional development programs, while gaining work experience in areas such as research, media relations, project management and digital communication. The highly competitive program allows fellows to learn and explore public relations activities at MP&F for up to six months. Harasawa, a Nashville native, graduated from the University of Tennessee in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication and … Read More
Javier Solano, a vice president at MP&F and at the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, recently penned a guest column for the Nashville Business Journal about diversity and inclusion in the Nashville area. Read Javier’s insightful and thought-provoking guest column here (paid online subscription required). MP&F has a robust six-month-long diversity fellowship. If you’re interested in learning more, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.