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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.

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

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About The LAGRANT Foundation 

Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $1.83 million in scholarships to 286 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 donors, TLF provides career & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships and full-time jobs and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students. 

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