Raschanda Hall Elected President of Black Public Relations Society Chicago Chapter

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Raschanda Hall, the director of global media relations for Business
Wire, and a long-time board member of BPRS Chicago has been elected
unanimously by the board to serve as the next president. Hall most
recently served as the chapter’s Executive Vice President and
Programming Committee Chair.

Founded in 1984 as a networking and professional development collective, BPRS
is the founding chapter of the National Black Public
Relations Society (NBPRS). Members
of BPRS Chicago include corporate communicators, agency and independent
public relations practitioners, public relations educators, nonprofits
and government public information officers.

“The PR industry is in a state of transformation and BPRS-Chicago
members are eager to adapt,” said Raschanda
, incoming chapter president. “I am excited to lead a board
dedicated to strengthening opportunities for African-American PR ,
marketing and communication professionals. These practitioners seek
career development and support to grow their entrepreneurial businesses.
We will give members what they need to create and navigate pathways to
success at every stage in their careers through programming, networking,
mentoring, advocacy, and access.”

Additional members of the 2016-17
board of directors

Immediate Past President – Jetta Bates, President and Founder,
Twist Global. Bates was previously BPRS Chicago executive vice
president, and vice president of publicity.

Executive Vice President – Karyn Brianne (Watkins) Lee, Marketing
Manager –Specialty Health, Walgreens.

Vice President Membership – Travis Kessel, SVP – Recruitment,

Vice President of Publicity – Dionne Williams, Owner, D. Williams
Public Relations Group.

Treasurer – David Rudd, Director – Corporate and Community
Communications, University of Chicago. Rudd previously served as
President of BPRS Chicago

Parliamentarian – Fredika Atkins, D.B.A., Medicare Marketing
Manager, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., A Medicare Plan.

Board Members-at-Large – Jerry Thomas, Founder and President,
Jerry Thomas Public Relations, and Jenelle Alexander, Senior
Account Executive, Resolute Consulting.

This new board kicks off their terms with an aggressive programming
calendar and a March membership promotion. You can get more membership
details at Bprschicago.org
and register
for their March 24th event hosted by Edelman Chicago.
“So What: Media Experts Share Tips to Improve Your Pitching Across All


BPRS Chicago,
Raschanda Hall, Raschanda.Hall@businesswire.com