This blog is provided by the IPR Organizational Communication Research Center.

Dr. Kati Tusinski Berg and Dr. Katharine E. Miller examined how women leaders in the public relations industry advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and empowered their organizations. 

In-depth qualitative analysis of publicly available statements from 70 female honorees named to PRWeek’s “Women of Distinction” (formerly Hall of Femme) classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 was conducted. 

Key findings include:

1.) The women leaders examined in the study practiced their advancement and empowerment of DEI through four main approaches:
— They practiced empathetic leadership and built meaningful connections.
— They reimagined the workplace and workplace culture.
— They showed a commitment to and celebration of DEI efforts.
— They championed purpose-driven work and organizations.

Read the original research here.

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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