Kneeling Protestors

Welcome to

The Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 5:00P - 7:00P
Thank You to our Leadership in
Diversity & Inclusion Awards Sponsor:


This Evening's Host & Keynote Speaker

Patrice Tanaka.JPG

Patrice Tanaka, Founder & Chief Joy Officer, Joyful Planet LLC

Patrice Tanaka is a best-selling author, public speaker on business and life purpose, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of three award-winning, PR & Marketing agencies and the consultancy, Joyful Planet, focused on helping individuals and organizations discover and actively live their purpose to unleash greater success, fulfillment and joy in their personal lives, workplaces and communities. 

She is the co-author of the best-selling books, Beat the Curve and Performance360, where she writes about life and organizational purpose. Patrice is also the author of Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO, a book about her late-life passion for ballroom dancing and the lessons she learned. 

Patrice has been honored by many organizations, including PRWeek (Hall of Fame inductee), Public Relations Society of America (“Paul M. Lund Award for Public Service”), PRSA Foundation (“Paladin Award”), New York Women in Communications (“Matrix” Award), Asian Women in Business, Working Mother magazine (“Mothering that Works” Award), Girl Scouts of Greater New York (“Women of Distinction” Award), among others. 

Although she is no longer a PR professional, Patrice serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Action Alliance, a PR industry coalition of the 18 largest membership organizations committed through a “Pledge” to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the PR profession.  

Patrice is based in New York City, but “home” is Hawaii, where she was born and raised.  Where ever she is, Patrice lives her life with the “Aloha Spirit.”  Reach Patrice via or connect with her via LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Blue Smoke

Meet Our Panelists



Joined Page as the Director of DE&I in August of 2020 and has been Executive Director of the Diversity Action Alliance since July of 2019. In her role, she provides strategic direction for Page’s DE&I initiatives and oversees the operations, programs, finances, and strategic plan of the Diversity Action Alliance (DAA). The DAA is a cross-industry coalition led by communications trade organizations with a mission of accelerating progress in the achievement of meaningful and tangible results in diversity, equity and inclusion in the field.

Glover brings 10 years of corporate experience from L’Oréal USA, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson where she worked on and led manufacturing, supply chain, and communications teams. Before transitioning into diversity work, Glover was in operations, designing organizational strategy for and leading a team of supply chain managers at L’Oréal U.S.A., where she was responsible for overseeing the successful launch of luxury skin care products resulting in $100+ million in new sales annually. While at L’Oréal, Glover led a capital avoidance project in the fine fragrance manufacturing department, saving the organization $1.5 million in spend, improved the speed-to-market of skincare products and restructured the launch management department to improve efficiency and productivity of launch managers.



Soon Mee Kim is executive vice president and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Omnicom Public Relations Group, the world’s leading communications agencies across a broad array of industries and specialties. Omnicom Public Relations Group (OPRG) is part of Omnicom Group, the global leader in marketing communications. In her role,

Recognized as an industry pacesetter and culture creator, Soon Mee was most recently executive vice president and Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader for Porter Novelli, the global purpose communications consultancy within the Omnicom network.

A dreamer and a doer, Soon Mee is passionate about the power of the workplace to drive societal impact. In 2020, she was named an ADCOLOR Legend, as well as PRWEEK Hall of Femme honoree. PROVOKE (formerly The Holmes Report) recognized her as one of the Top 25 Innovators for the Americas in 2019, and ColorComm honored her with a prestigious Circle Award. Soon Mee spearheaded the best agency diversity initiatives for 2018 and 2019 as determined by PRWEEK and the PR Council, and was named Agency Diversity Champion of the Year in 2018. She initiated an industry‐wide diversity pledge aimed at transforming her industry to be inclusive of all forms of diversity.

Helen Shelton.JPG


A Senior Partner at Finn Partners, Helen oversees the agency’s Actions Speak Louder D+I program, while also developing consumer-engaging campaigns for a variety of clients. Building strategic alliances for client brands to net tangible results is simply all in a day’s work for Helen. Her connectivity has fostered relationships with some of the most iconic figures in the worlds of art, music, entertainment and architecture, all while making a career by making a difference. 


Most recently, Helen led the team that launched Hip Hop Public Health’s breakthrough COVID-19 trilogy of music video PSAs, 20 Seconds of More20 Segundos o Más and Behind the Mask yielding more than 300 million combined media impressions and three million views on YouTube. Helen works tirelessly in the industry not only to responsibly promote products but also to advance important causes, ranging from adult education and housing, arts and culture, voter registration, disparate unemployment and disease awareness initiatives. Named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Helen is a Director of the New York Urban League, and leads the PR Council’s national Diversity Community. For two consecutive years, she served on the board of PRSA-NY as VP of Marketing. She is featured in the seminal book, Diverse Voices, and regularly writes about multicultural marketing and DEI, most recently in PR News and Triple Pundit. Helen is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an M.S. from Boston University. 

Kuri, Lorena21893 High Res.jpg


Following a couple of years as an International Trade Agent in Canada, and many others in PEPSICO Mexico, Lorena started her career in Novartis back in 2007.  From there, she held several commercial roles of increased responsibility at a country and regional level, where she was exposed to the impact that Inclusion and Diversity have in the workplace and the marketplace.   

In 2019 she joined BMS as Head of Diversity Strategy and is currently partnering with internal and external stakeholders to address the need for increased diversity in clinical trials.  Her full time job focuses on securing that clinical trial population is reflective of the disease being studied.  


As a strong inclusion advocate she received the Red Shoe Leader Award in 2018, and in 2020 became a member of WOCIP (Women of Color in Pharma) Board of Directors. She also sits in her hometown Diversity Committee in New Providence, NJ, where she lives with her husband and two kids. 



Margarita Miranda-Abate has extensive strategic communications and marketing experience, having led global and North America business across a myriad of brands and sectors throughout her career. She loves brand marketing and is a believer of audience-led communications that drives deep and targeted messaging.

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Marg is currently Director, Communications & Advocacy, Latin American & Canada, Novartis Oncology. Skilled in navigating international local market and cultural nuances; Marg, at the end of the day, loves a good story that moves people. She is a passionate advocate for staff development, leadership and career-pathing. 



Diversity and Inclusion has been the backdrop of Angela K. Chitkara’s life as she traversed the globe as a television journalist, entrepreneur and educator in an effort to effect change and level the playing field. Chitkara is a fourth-generation educator. Her baseline research titled #PRDiversity: The Struggle is Real. Meeting Business Objectives with a 2020 Mindset, has been published in The Holmes Report and The Harvard Business Review (HBR) while she served as PR Track Director in the Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program at The City College of New York (CCNY).


Angela made the Innovator 25 North America list for “changing the game by shining the D&I spotlight directly on the CEOs.” She is Founder and CEO of US India Corridor (USIC), a strategic communications firm specializing in socially-impactful public-private engagement. Angela holds a Masters in InternationalAffairs, Columbia University, a Masters in International Journalism, City University, UK; and a BA in Communications, Seton Hall University. Follow her @AngelaChitkara.

Our Pre-Show Panel

 A Conversation with Carmella Glover, Angela Chitkara & Soon Mee Kim

Available All Day, Before the Award Presentation


The Main Presentation

Live at 6:00P (ET) - Only Available Here!

Post-Show Conversation

We sat down with Carmella Glover,

Helen Shelton, Marg Miranda-Abate, and Lorena Kuri

Blue Smoke


The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NY), organized in 1947, is a founding chapter of the PRSA, the world's largest professional organization for public relations practitioners.

The Chapter provides services to members in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. We also support PRSSA organizations at local universities.

We Invite You to Join Us!

Join the PRSA today and Include the New York Chapter in your Membership for exclusive benefits.

©2020 by PRSA-NY