August Monthly Luncheon

August 02, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Houston Racquet Club
10709 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
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Building Bridges, Not Walls

In August, PRSA will celebrate PR Diversity Month by focusing on the diverse communities, people and practices that comprise the public relations profession. We will also be providing advice and insight on how to build a better PR industry through diversity and inclusion.

Our August 2nd speaker, Terence O’Neill, works to bring together Houston's uniquely-diverse international community, promote their well-being and connectedness, and facilitates their successful civic, and cultural integration in Houston. As Director of the City of Houston’s Office of New Americans, Terence helped initiate the City’s first language access program, the City’s first wage theft ordinance, the Houston Police Department’s first human trafficking unit; he expanded the size and scope of Citizenship Month, held the City’s first ever Mayor’s State of the Refugee Community Breakfast, and initiated other projects that have enhanced Houston’s reputation as an international city.

Top 5 Key takeaways

1. Learn how City of Houston’s Office of New Americans developed its key messages
2. Discover what a “Welcoming City” means
3. Understand the Office of New Americans about and its goals
4. Learn how to get involved to make Houston a more welcoming city
5. Understand how the local PR industry and you individually can help promote a positive image of Houston’s diverse communities

SPEAKER: Terence O’Neill, Director of the Office of New Americans, City of Houston

Terence O’Neill is the Director of the Office of New Americans, working to reach out to Houston's international communities and connect them to vital city services. O'Neill's team supports Houston’s diverse community of immigrants, ex-patriates and refugees to facilitate their successful civic, economic and cultural integration as members of our community.

He helped initiate the City’s first language access program, the City’s first wage theft ordinance, the Houston Police Department’s first human trafficking unit; he expanded the size and scope of Citizenship Month, held the City’s first ever Mayor’s State of the Refugee Community Breakfast, and initiated other projects that have enhanced Houston’s reputation as an international city.

In 2016, O’Neill was tapped by the Special Assistant to President Obama for Immigration Policy, to host a White House Regional Convening at City Hall to increase resources and collaborative efforts in Houston that improve services to the immigrant community. In June 2016 President Obama honored the Office of International Communities at the White House for its work to improving the quality of life for immigrant communities in Houston.

O’Neill’s work has been featured in Governing Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Monocle Magazine, and several academic publications. He was nominated for the University of Houston’s Master of Public Administration Public Official of the Year Award (2016). O’Neill received a Bachelor degree in philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown and received a master's degree from Rice University.

Tickets

$40.00 Members
$47.00 after 5:00 pm July 28

$47.00 Guests
$52.00 after 5:00 pm July 28

$26.00 Student Ticket