Maria Elena Salinas will be recognized as Journalist of the Year at the 2022 National Hispanic Public Relations Association ¡BRAVO! Awards |

Additional HPRA ¡BRAVO! award winners include industry leaders marisol martinez, Trisch Smith and patrick ford

MIAMI, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is proud to announce that it will reward an award-winning journalist and author Maria Elena Salinas as a recipient of HPRA 2022 ¡BRAVO! Journalist of the Year Award. Other winners of this year’s event will include Pioneer of the Year Award recipient and Charter Communications Vice President of Multicultural Marketing marisol martinez and Diversity and Inclusion Professional of the Year and Edelman Global Chief DEI Officer Trisch Smith. Former Global Vice President of Burson-Marsteller and University of Florida Full time lecturer patrick ford will receive the President’s Award. The national HPRA 2022 competition ¡BRAVO! Awards will take place September 29, 2022 to Fairmont Austin Hotel in Austin, TX.

“HPRA is honored to celebrate these distinguished professionals for their unparalleled leadership in advancing the multicultural communications industry while enabling the diversification of our national economy,” said Sonia V. DiazHPRA National President. “Maria HelenaTrisch, Marisol and Pat have truly paved the way for media, brands and marketers to pay attention to these vital segments and, more importantly, they have helped enrich the representation and experience of multicultural communities. thanks to the work we all do.”

Now in its eighth year, the HPRA 2022 ¡BRAVO! The awards celebrate top corporate, agency, nonprofit public relations and marketing teams and the groundbreaking work they have produced. The winners of the National 2022 ¡BRAVO! The awards were nominated and chosen collectively by HPRA management and its Board of Directors. The winners were selected for their vital work in shaping the industry and establishing progress for Hispanic and multicultural consumer segments in public relations and communications.

Peabody award-winning anchor, María Elena Salinasis described as the “voice of Hispanic America” ​​by the New York Times and is one of the most recognized and influential journalists in United States. After more than three decades as a network anchor at Univision, she continued as a freelance journalist and producer as well as a contributor for CBS News, and now ABC News. Maria Helena is the first Latina to receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her career began in 1981, where she was a reporter, anchor and public affairs host for KMEX-TV, the Univision affiliate in Los Angeles. by Maria Elena philanthropic work includes providing scholarships to Latino journalism students, serving on the board of directors of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and working with several Latin American civic engagement organizations. She continues her mission to inform, inspire, educate and empower the Latino community and recently served on the advisory board of the new Latino Media Network.

Pioneer of the year: marisol martinezVP Multicultural Marketing, Charter Communications

An award-winning executive, Marisol develops strategies to reach multicultural audiences across all marketing platforms for Charter and leads the company’s multicultural acquisition and customer relationship management for Spectrum products. She joined Time Warner Cable in 2008 as Chief Marketing Officer and remained with Charter when its deals with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks closed in 2016. Marisol joined Time Warner Cable from Unilever where she was a brand manager multicultural. Prior to Unilever, she held the position of Senior Marketing Manager at Verizon Communications. Earlier in her career, she held several positions in multicultural advertising agencies where she managed campaigns for several brands, including Downy, Pantene and Head & Shoulders of Procter & Gamble, MetroPlus Health Plans and Scholastic. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC).

Diversity and Inclusion Professional of the Year: Trisch SmithGlobal Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Edelman

Diversity and inclusion champion, communications expert, and PR agency veteran are just a few words used to describe Trisch L. Smith. During her tenure at Edelman, the world’s leading communications marketing agency, Smith managed stakeholder outreach, strategic positioning, crisis and reputation management campaigns for a multitude of companies and organizations in Fortune 500 nonprofit seeking to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including Walmart, Starbucks, Unilever, HP, United Way of America, 4-H Council, Toyota, and Prudential, among several others.

For a decade, Smith led the firm’s award-winning multicultural practice, providing high-level counsel to a wide range of clients to protect, promote and evolve their brands and effectively engage diverse thought leaders, consumers and other stakeholders. In 2015, Smith was named Chief Executive Officer of Diversity and Inclusion in the United States, and in the fall of 2018, she was named the first Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of ‘Edelmann. In this role, Smith actively works to create an Edelman workforce that represents the increasingly diverse marketplace and provides a fair and inclusive workplace.

President’s Award: patrick fordfull-time lecturer, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Former Global Vice President of Burson-Marsteller

With over 38 years of experience in public relations, Pat teaches the basics of corporate reputation, crisis management and corporate communications at University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication. He previously spent 28 years at Burson-Marsteller, most recently as Global Vice President of Customer Service and Chief Customer Officer. His experience in corporate reputation and issues management has helped companies across a wide range of industries build and protect the reputation of their corporate and product brands. He began his career as a local journalist in New Jersey and currently serves on several boards and advisory boards, including the Diversity Action Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the public relations industry; the Public Relations Institute, which focuses on “the science behind the art of public relations”; the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, which encourages mentorship; and the Public Relations Museum.

For more information about the rewards program, visit: https://hprausa.org/bravo/.

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