Last week, Steve Barrett, EIC of PRWeek, wrote a column in response to feedback he received about the lack of diversity on this year’s Power List. One of those respondents was Kim Hunter, president and CEO of Lagrant Communications. Hunter forwarded his letter to us, and we’ve posted it after the jump. You can also read our take on the list here.
Hi Steve–I was absolutely appalled, shocked, pissed, disappointed and frustrated that there were no African Americans listed among The 50 Power List.
I have been in this industry for close to 29 years, and it still astounds me that an industry, which I love, still does not fully understand the importance of inclusion or diversity.
Your refusal to acknowledge the significant contributions of African Americans in our industry is one of the primary reason so many people of color do not find our industry welcoming or a viable career option.
It is as if PR Week has never heard of Barry Caldwell (Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications for Waste Management): Kimberly Goode (Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs for Northwestern Mutual); Richard Jones (Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America); Necole Merritt (formerly Vice President of Communications for Cox in Atlanta); Dave Polk (formerly Executive Director, Communications for AMGEN, the world’s largest bio tech); Torod Neptune (Corporate Vice President, Communications at Verizon); or Jeffrey Pina (Vice President, Corporate Integrated Marketing Communications at Avery Dennison).