Author: Matt Mendolera-Schamann

Black History – and Black Culture – Matters All Year Long, Not Just in February

Yesterday marked the first day of Black History Month – an annual celebration of achievements by Black individuals and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. As my colleague Marissa Lindstrom stated in her email to our agency announcing the ways we are marking the occasion this year, it’s an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the contributions of African Americans — because… Read more »

Black Voices – and Diversity – Matter All Year Long, Not Just in February

If you’ve been following Matter’s social media channels, you likely noticed that each day throughout February, our Diversity Committee teamed up with our Professionals of Color Circle to share posts that spotlighted Black pioneers, activists and leaders. We highlighted contributions in industries from PR and social media, to science, healthcare and technology with daily tweets, and amplified many of those with LinkedIn and Instagram content as… Read more »

Matter Accelerates Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives in 2020: Joins MassTLC’s Tech Compact

With so many racially divisive events and tragedies dominating the news cycle, taking over social media and transforming our conversations, it’s worth restating that diversity and inclusion is exceptionally important to us at Matter. As this summer marked two years since Matter’s D&I initiative and Diversity Committee kicked off, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and – more importantly –… Read more »

The Importance of Diversity and Recognizing Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and that can bring about interesting opportunities for reflection at any workplace, but especially at an agency like ours. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the ethnic makeup of the PR industry in the U.S. is nearly 88% white — with just more than 8% African American, and an even smaller number of Asian and Latinx American professionals accounting for the rest of the professionals in our field.

Why I’m Proud that Matter Celebrates Pride

Next week marks 12 years at Matter for me, and I’m sure to many that seems like a long time for someone to spend at any agency in the world of public relations, social media, digital marketing and creative. Yet it doesn’t feel odd to me, because we put a lot of emphasis on culture and employee retention here – and there are a lot of… Read more »

How to Craft a Fresh PR Program

The first quarter of each year is often filled with new launches, new goals, and even new faces. In my experience, there’s a healthy balance between looking back at what was accomplished the year prior and planning for what’s coming down the pike. Working with stellar brands, and alongside smart, creative and passionate colleagues, makes the planning process quite simple: let’s do more of what we’ve… Read more »

In launch of #OneGoodReason, CVS demonstrates ‘3 Good Reasons’ we can all learn from them

As you may have caught on the news on your drive in yesterday morning or throughout the day on Wednesday, it’s a big week for drugstore chain (and Matter client) CVS. Earlier this year CVS Caremark made a commitment to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy stores by October 1, 2014 – becoming the first national pharmacy to do so. Yesterday morning CVS officially… Read more »