The seventh annual Diversity Distinction in PR Awards sponsored by the PR Council in partnership with PRWeek, honor excellence in leadership and promoting diversity and inclusion within the communications sector. This year, two new awards were presented: Best Campaign by a Diverse and Inclusive Team, and Outstanding Young Professional. In addition, this year saw a rise in the number of entries to an all-time high, a testament to the importance of diversity and inclusion within the communications industry and the instrumental programs being put into place.

“The biggest opportunity when it comes to diversity and inclusion is building cultures of inclusivity,” said Renee Wilson, President, PR Council. “The communications industry has both a great opportunity and a great need to build inclusive cultures. That’s what these awards are all about.”

“Now in its 7th year, this awards program is truly encouraging me more than ever,” said Gideon Fidelzeid, managing editor, PRWeek. “Of course the industry still has a long way to go on the crucial issue of diversity and inclusion. However, the number of entries this year, along with the quality of those submissions, underscores a broader commitment by organizations of all kinds to address the matter in a meaningful way. And that only reinforces the level of honor and pride PRWeek takes in partnering with the PR Council on this program.”

Al Roker hosted the awards
Jordyn Rolling reported for BizWireTV