Weber Shandwick’s Emil Hill Receives Inclusive Leadership Award

Emil Hill, Senior Vice President at Powell Tate (the Washington, DC office of Weber Shandwick) was recognized with the Inclusive Leadership Award, one of four Awards Weber Shandwick received at the 2018 Inclusion Awards.

Emil Hill has counseled a number of clients on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) communications strategies, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading organization working to advance racial equality in America, and the City of Charlottesville during the riots/protests of August 2017. He continued his counsel in the aftermath of the tragic events of that day and the far-reaching effects within the community.

Emil helped develop Weber Shandwick’s DEI offering to combine strategic communications expertise with a deep understanding of the DEI landscape, including key constituencies and issues, as well as barriers and opportunities for engagement.

Emil serves as senior counsel to Weber Shandwick’s DEI Committee. By leveraging his personal connections to diversity-related organizations and leaders, Emil has helped the committee champion several inclusivity conversations, panels and charitable events. The committee hosted editors from ESPN’s The Undefeated to speak on diversity, politics and sports; a discussion with LGBTQ advocates on the fight to win marriage equality; and journalists to discuss Islamophobia in the media. Finally, Emil organized the office’s participation in Project GiveBack, a local initiative to deliver meals to local, lower-income families during Thanksgiving.

Emil’s commitment to advancing diversity goes far beyond the workplace. Currently, he is a member of the National Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Youth of Year Selection Committee, the National Board of Directors of the National Medical Fellowship, an advisory board member of George Washington University’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and a regular speaker at Howard University’s School of Communications.

Emil’s leadership in diversity has translated to significant, positive results both within the Weber Shandwick network and to clients he counsels. For the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation process (TRHT), Emil helped develop the TRHT Framework and Implementation Guidebook to assist communities engaging in the difficult, yet transformational work of racial healing in their communities. Since then, over 144 national partners have committed to TRHT. Under Emil’s leadership, the team participated in and presented at the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Summit, which brought 550 leaders together to discuss and begin creating plans for action.

For the City of Charlottesville, Emil worked side-by-side with the Mayor and City Council in preparing for and managing national media interest around the white nationalist torch march and rally to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and name changes to city parks. As the city was inundated by protestors, counter-protestors and media from around the country, Emil worked in shaping messaging before, during and after the protest, coordinating press conferences and national press for Mayor Mike Signer’s interviews with Meet the Press, Face the Nation, PBS NewsHour, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Morning Joe, and The Rachel Maddow Show.

Weber Shandwick’s DEI offering successfully supported the launch of Adobe’s first diversity report, which secured coverage in notable technology publications such as Adweek and B&T. Emil elevated the firm’s thought leadership in diversity through the Social Impact practice’s “Purpose Decoded” page. Emil’s piece received the highest engagement of any of the firm’s content in 2017, with 865 views, 434 reads and a 50% read ratio. In 2018, Emil’s piece on the impact of the movie Black Panther has also received the highest engagement of the site’s content this year.

With Emil’s guidance, the DEI Committee is now actively involved in recruitment efforts, such as attending career fairs at Howard University, incorporating a DEI-focused project for interns seeking employment and coordinating with Human Resources to begin the development of a diversity toolkit for hiring.

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