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January Meeting: 2020 Trends in Communications

January 21, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Sullivan's Steakhouse
5252 Corporate Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

With a flashy new year and decade, the words of Bob Dylan ring truer each day, "The times, they are a'changin'..." and so are the trends in the way we communicate those times. In this half-hour talk, award-winning public relations and marketing professional Janene Tate will discuss the disappearing line between communications and marketing, getting personal with your audience, who (or what) makes the best brand ambassadors, and how artificial intelligence can yield real reach. 

About the Speaker: Janene Tate 

Janene Tate is the communications director for the Southern University and System, the only historically black college and university system in the nation. She has been instrumental in rebranding, marketing and launching new projects such as the renowned Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band’s appearance in a music video with chart-topping musical artist Lizzo.

Prior to her appointment at Southern, Tate was the communications director for the Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. She was responsible for the overall communication strategy and media relations for the first female leader of the capital city of Louisiana and her administration. Tate previously served as the assistant vice president for the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at The University of New Orleans, for which her team won a Telly for best marketing campaign. She also previously served as communications specialist at Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she worked closely on the opening of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic site and the George Lucas film, “Red Tails.”

Tate has an extensive background in print journalism, having worked for newspapers and magazines across the country. She has won several regional and national awards for her work in feature writing.  She has also worked on marketing and public relations projects for major labels and companies, as well as artists who have been featured at the Essence Festival.

Tate has volunteered with several organizations over the years, including those to revitalize North Baton Rouge. She currently serves on the board of Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and volunteers with Communities Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV).  

Tate, a native of Franklinton, Louisiana, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a concentration in print journalism and a Master of Arts degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations, both from Southern University Baton Rouge.


$25.00 PRAL Member Ticket
$20.00 Earlybird rate before January 14

$0.00 PRAL Premier Professional

$30.00 Guest Ticket
$25.00 Earlybird rate before January 14

$15.00 Student Ticket
$10.00 Earlybird rate before January 14