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File #: 190719    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/19/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/19/2019
Title: Congratulating Deirdre Childress Hopkins on Her Election as the First African American President of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19071900
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Congratulating Deirdre Childress Hopkins on Her Election as the First African American President of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.
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WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Public Relations Association ("PPRA") is the leading association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Area. PPRA was founded in 1945 and is among the oldest and largest private public relations associations in the nation; and

WHEREAS, PPRA's mission is to advance the skills, networks, and careers of communications professionals at all levels in the Greater Philadelphia Region and to inspire and empower members to succeed by providing valuable connections, growth and learning opportunities, and professional development resources; and

WHEREAS, Deirdre Childress Hopkins is the first person of color to serve as President of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. As President, Deirdre is responsible for initiatives related to member education, social programs, membership growth and strategic alliances. Before her historic election, Deirdre served as PPRA's Vice President of Programs, Hall of Fame Co-Chair, Awards Committee Co-Chair and member of the College Relations Committee; and

WHEREAS, Deirdre earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and Fine Arts from Colgate University, where she received the President's Award upon graduation. During her career, Deirdre also has studied at The Poynter Institute, the University of California at Los Angeles and London University; and

WHEREAS, Deirdre is the Director of Public Relations for Visit Philadelphia, the official leisure visitor organization for Philadelphia with travel and tourism information including hotels, restaurants, events, things to do, history, museums and attractions for visitors. She was the communications lead for diverse markets including African American; LGBTQ; Latinx; and Canada, Visit Philadelphia's largest international partner; and

WHEREAS, Deirdre previously served as the strategic...

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