Lunch and Learn: Communicating with Pride

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Join PRSA SD/IC’s online conversation with members of the LGBTQ Community to discuss what makes inclusive messaging and work environments.

We’ve all seen the logos changing and the messages of, “Happy Pride,” but how can we ensure as PR, Communications and Marketing pros that we are walking the walk. July is Pride Month in San Diego. It comes on the heels of June which is celebrated as LGBTQ Month in California and in the U.S.

What happens in the months after Pride?

PRSA San Diego /Imperial Counties Chapter is taking this opportunity to host a discussion with members of the LGBTQ Community about how to be a supportive ally, introduce you to communications professionals who are also out and proud, and discuss how we can improve our communications messages to be inclusive.

In this webinar, you will hear:

  • What does it mean to be an ally
  • Why are pronouns so important
  • How can you ensure your campaigns are inclusive
  • Is your office a positive environment for LGBTQ employees

This lunch and learn event is one you don’t want to miss.

Our panel features:

Dr. Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei

He/Him | Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign

Dr. Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei is the Director of the Youth Well-Being Program encompassing the annual Time to THRIVE conference, Project THRIVE, the Youth Ambassador Initiative, and a portfolio of training and educational resources to help youth-serving professionals promote the overall well-being of LGBTQ youth. Before joining HRC, Vincent was the Project Director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership at San Diego State University and spent over ten years as a classroom teacher and school counselor. He also served as President for the California Association of School Counselors, was on the LGBTQ Issues Advisory Committee for the California Teachers Association, and was a National Cadre Trainer for the National Education Association.

Jerry McCormick

He/Him | Senior Public Information Officer, City of San Diego

Jerry McCormick is a Senior Public Information Officer with the City of San Diego. He is the founder of the San Diego Association of Black Journalists (now celebrating its 21st year) and a current board member of the Society of Professional Journalists. McCormick has worked locally at The San Diego Union-Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego (where he won an Emmy for his work on the Boston Bombing tragedy) and Fox 5 San Diego. He also teaches broadcast at San Diego State University and print journalism at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. In addition, he is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Ari Lopez

They/Them | Operations & Special Projects Coordinator at Mixte Communications

Before joining Mixte, Ari (they/them) volunteered for a handful of CBOs and NPOs in the San Diego region. They have worked for two different San Diego government agencies: SANDAG and the County of San Dego’s Environmental Health Department. They also briefly worked for a philanthropy-servicing organization where they had the opportunity to support local, small and minority-owned businesses that have been impacted by the global pandemic, helping local business owners secure grants provided by the CARES Act.

Born and raised on Kumeyaay land (San Diego region), Ari is a Latinx, first-generation college graduate and a queer person of color who has naturally gravitated towards social justice issues and campaigns. Ari holds a BA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies & Planning from UC San Diego. They value accountability, collaboration, equity, and sustainability.

Moderated by Barbara Cosio Moreno, PRSA Board Member, Communications Professional, & Proud member of the LGBTQ community

If you are not able to register online via credit card, send a registration RSVP via email to Maggie Padilla at Payment can be made prior to the event by check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express). Checks can be mailed to PRSA SD/IC, P.O. Box 28512, San Diego, CA 92198-0512.

For questions, not reservations, contact Barbara Cosio Moreno at

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