SPOTLIGHT: JUDITH HARRISON
Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
Judith drives programs designed to build a multicultural workforce that leverages diverse backgrounds and perspectives to create innovative solutions for clients and an inspiring, high-performance workplace. She develops strategic plans, drives the sharing of best practices globally, partners with diversity & inclusion leadership development and professional organizations to increase awareness of Weber Shandwick’s commitment to diversity, and leads innovative talent outreach initiatives to build a strong pipeline of potential staff.
In addition to human resources and recruiting experience, Judith’s background includes public relations and marketing communications positions and projects at Burson-Marsteller, Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young), CBS, Media General, Random House and the Italian Trade Commission
Since joining Weber Shandwick in 2006, Judith has guided the firm to recognition as a champion of diversity and inclusion, with honors including the PRWeek/PR Council Diversity Distinction in PR Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, and the 2016 PR News Diversity Heroes Award as an Organization of the Year. She brought the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) together with the PR industry to form the PRIME (Public Relations Internship, Mentoring and Education) Program, launched in 2015 with sponsorship from Fortune 500 companies as well as leading PR agencies.
Judith served the PR Council as chair of its HR Roundtable for three years. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. She was awarded the 2011 STAR Award by New York Women’s Agenda and was named as one of Savoy’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America in 2012 and 2014. She was honored with the 2016 PR News Diversity Heroes Award as an Individual of the Year. Judith serves as president of the PRSA Foundation as well as on the board of ColorComm, the advisory board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the 4A’s Diversity Steering Committee.