For Agency Owners, Diversity Is a Steppingstone to the Future

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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

The Results are in… 2017 Parthenon Awards

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MP&F had a great showing at the awards ceremony this week for the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. We won more Parthenons than any other agency, collecting a total of 36 awards (15 Parthenons and 21 awards of merit). Our work on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps for Marine Week Nashville collected the most hardware with eight Parthenons and two awards of merit and also was a finalist for the Best of Show award. Below is a total list of MP&F’s winning projects. Parthenon Winners Project Media Relations-Media Placement: Marine Week Nashville New Media: Marine … Read More

View From 30: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity

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MP&F is a longtime member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy, an organization whose purpose is to enable collaborative peer relationships among senior-level public relations counselors. Counselors Academy board president Tom Garrity’s February blog post celebrated two member agencies celebrating 30 years in business and included reflections from MP&F’s Mark McNeely. Here, Mark looks back on 30 years of MP&F and the firm’s successful model of transparency and inclusion. Create a culture of inclusivity “Two things my partners and I have learned to cherish as our firm celebrates its 30th anniversary are transparency and inclusion. We’ve always … Read More

Brantley and Solano Lead Discussions with Nashville Communicators

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Recently, MP&F Senior Vice President Jennifer Brantley and Vice President Javier Solano led separate industry-related information-sharing sessions with Nashville’s governmental, corporate and nonprofit communicators. Brantley was on a panel that discussed how best to create an outstanding Parthenon Award entry. The Parthenons are annual awards from the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Brantley led the MP&F team that won the 2016 Parthenon “Best-in-Show” award for the Kirkland’s #Christmasland Blogger Campaign. Also serving on a panel with Brantley were Shannon Sumrall, corporate communications manager, Metro Nashville Airport Authority; Crystal Ghassemi, APR, senior manager of public relations, … Read More

MP&F Senior VP Jennifer Brantley to Participate in PRSA Panel

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MP&F Public Relations Senior Vice President Jennifer Brantley will speak as part of a panel of public relations professionals Tuesday, Jan. 17. The panel, hosted by the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, will be the featured event at the organization’s January luncheon. The panelists will discuss how to create outstanding entries for a Parthenon Award, PRSA Nashville’s annual awards celebrating the best public relations work in Middle Tennessee. MP&F won the 2016 Parthenon “Best in Show” award for Kirkland’s #Christmasland Blogger Campaign, spearheaded by Brantley. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Tennessee … Read More

MP&F Partner Keith Miles presented with national award

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The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) named MP&F Partner Keith Miles as the 2016 Dr. Frederick H. Teahan Outstanding Professional Adviser for his work with the Belmont University PRSSA chapter. The award is based on a professional adviser’s exemplary display and encouragement of professional attitudes and behavior, development of increased contact between professionals and students, successful promotion of PRSA Associate Membership, supportive student advocacy and representation within the PRSA sponsor chapter, and general display of concern for the student chapter and its members. Miles is currently serving in his second year … Read More

MP&F’s Javier Solano Leads Facebook Live Diversity Chat

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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

Staff Development Plan Pays Dividends

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MP&F partner Alice Chapman recently attended her fourth PRSA Counselors Academy Spring Conference, an annual event where independent agency owners and other senior leaders come together for professional development and networking. Chapman penned an article for PRSA’s monthly publication, Public Relations Tactics, expressing the importance of staff development and keeping employees engaged. We have provided Alice’s full column below with the permission of Public Relations Tactics. I recently returned from PRSA’s Counselors Academy Spring Conference, an annual event where independent agency owners and other senior leaders come together for professional development and to trade ideas and tactics on running a successful PR … Read More

MP&F’s Javier Solano on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

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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.  

MP&F Wins Best in Show, Mercury Award, and 25 total awards at PRSA-Nashville Parthenon Awards Ceremony

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  The 2016 PRSA-Nashville Parthenon Awards took place on Thursday, April 29 and MP&F was once again honored to receive a number of awards, including “Best of Show” for the second year in a row. The “Best of Show” award went to the Kirkland’s team for its “#Christmasland” Blogger Campaign. The entry received a perfect score – not an easy thing to achieve! The amazing team consisted of Katy Varney, Jennifer Brantley, Megan Willoughby, Danielle Hall, Aleah Heinlein, Evan Galin, Megan McConnell, Laura Huddleston and Angela Argiro. The coveted “Mercury Award” was presented to MP&F staffer Leigh Lindsey. It was no … Read More