Corporate Advocacy and Social Justice

According to a poll of 6,000 DC-based organizations, promises of action were made. 

Did we back those promises of equity with action?  

One year after the protests and promises, the question today is, what’s changed?

May 2021 will mark one year since the highly publicized murders of Black Americans and resulting protests that focused the national discourse around racial justice and safety for non-white communities. As our country continues to reel from continued attacks, now escalating against Asian communities amid the ongoing pandemic, Proof Strategies’ DC Communicators series asked 6,000 organizations to examine and reflect on the ways in which their statements of commitment did or did not translate to actions for racial equity. (Take the survey here)

May 20, 2021 at 12PM | Zoom

2020 was the year of taking a stand against racial injustice and discrimination. Now, DC Communicators asks our community: Did your statements and promises materialize through action? 

For the next DC Communicators we’re bringing together an expert panel of leaders to discuss the ways in which corporations responded to amplified calls for equity, diversity, and social justice.  

Voice your opinion in our survey and join us on May 20 at 12 PM to explore these topics and more just one year after the 2020 resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Featured speakers include Linda E. Dunbar, formerly of Dow Jones, and Abraham Kim, Executive Director of the Council of Korean Americans. Both will join us to explore these questions, guided by the results from our “Looking Back at 2020: Corporate Advocacy & Social Justice” Survey.

To stay up to date on this vital discourse, please sign up here

About Our Featured Speakers

Moderator - Joel Payne, CBS News Political Contributor

Joel Payne

Joel Payne is a CBS News Political Contributor and a political consultant and social commentator based in Washington, DC. Joel has served in several notable positions in the political arena. In 2016, he was the Director of African-American Advertising for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In that role, he oversaw the campaign’s advertising outreach program to African-American voters nationwide that exceeded $25 million, the largest such effort in political history at that time.  

 Along with his frequent regular appearances on CBS News and CBSN, including CBS Face the Nation and CBS This Morning, Joel also appears regularly on several other national cable television and radio outlets. In addition, he’s currently an opinion contributor for The Hill newspaper and recently launched the Here Comes the Payne podcast in partnership with Hip-Politics Network.

Joel is a graduate of Brown University and a native of New Jersey.

Linda E. Dunbar, Diversity Decoder

Linda E. Dunbar

Linda Dunbar is a communications expert with extensive crisis communications experience. She is a global Fortune 500 corporate spokesperson; media relations strategist; executive, internal and external communications leader; and storytelling architect. Leveraging strong business acumen, she facilitates the development of a consistent, compelling, enterprise-wide, internal and external corporate brand. 

Linda helps companies tell their stories, internally and externally, in good times and bad — orchestrating alignment around corporate narrative, messaging, executive, internal and external communications, media relations, digital, social media, crisis and issues management, and thought leadership.

Abraham Kim, Council of Korean Americans

Abraham Kim

Abraham Kim, Ph.D., is the Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). He comes to CKA with 20 years of experience in foreign policy analyses, leadership development and innovation consulting. Previously, Dr. Kim served as Executive Director at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center located on the campus of the University of Montana, where he oversaw 50 staff, faculty and affiliates. During Dr. Kim’s tenure, the Center became one of the foremost U.S.-Asia policy and leadership development institutes in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies region.

Prior to the Mansfield Center, Dr. Kim also served as the Vice President and Interim President of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) in Washington, D.C. and a founding board member of CKA (2011-2013) and served as an adviser/instructor for NetKAL.


About DC Communicators

DC Communicators is a network of communications and marketing professionals in the Washington, DC, metro area who are interested in emerging trends in earned, paid and digital media. Founded by Mimi Carter in 2013, the group meets to network and discuss such trends. Topics for previous events have included fundraising for museums, content marketing, crisis communications, and best practices for social media and the law. 

Speakers have included:

  • Brad Bosserman, Senior Managing Director, POLITICO
  • Stephanie Pereira,  Arts & Culture Lead, Kickstarter
  • Karina Hertz, Director of Strategic Communications, AARP
  •  Adam Paige, Director of Public Relations, Illy Coffee
  • Jeanne G. Hamrick, APR, Senior Manager, Media Relations at the American Red Cross
  • Dave Shaw, Executive Producer, POLITICO Audio
  • Heather Luca, Director of Communications, Results for Development
  • Teresa Danso-Danquah, Disability:IN
  • Anthony Shop, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Social Driver
  • Joel Payne, Democratic Strategist 
  • Jonah Langenbeck, AVP of Marketing and Communications, National WWII Museum
  • Loic Tallon, Senior Mobile Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Eleanor Goldhar, Former CMO, Guggenheim Museum
  • Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director of Public Relations and National Spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International
  • Dr. Timothy Coombs, PHD and Professor of Crisis Communications at Texas A&M Universit

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