From Education to Representation: A Black History Month Conversation

As someone who attended and has family members who graduated from an HBCU (Historically Black College/University), I was recently honored to moderate a conversation with two amazing women:

  • Ashley Christopher, Esq., founder and CEO of HBCU Week, a Ketchum partner whose mission is “to encourage high-school aged youth to enroll into HBCUs, provide scholarship dollars for matriculation and sustain a pipeline for employment from undergraduate school to corporate America”
  • Nia Anderson, a current student at Howard University and past recipient of the Future of Chemistry Scholarship

Using Black History Month as a starting point, Ashley and Nia generously gave us a glimpse at their own powerful stories (including Ashley’s experience as a stroke survivor), the inspiration they draw from the past and their hopes for the future. I was proud to share my time with them, and I hope you’ll feel the same as you watch the video of our talk:

As both Ashley and Nia say in the video, while February might give us a focus, Black History is a year-round topic. We look forward to sharing more voices and stories from our Black colleagues and partners throughout the year.

Jenn is the queen of cultural relevance—she has helped brands like Wendy’s (known for its savage social media) transform from food brands to badge brands in lifestyle. ​

As a vice president at Ketchum, Jenn is passionate about bringing forth diverse programming that impacts the right audiences at the right time, which has resulted in Cannes and Silver Anvil award-winning campaigns. But Jenn is also making an impact that extends well beyond her stellar client work. As a marketplace leader for Ketchum, she is responsible for fostering a sense of community, culture and connectivity within the Atlanta office.