We are proud to announce Juwan Thompson as the winner of a fellowship program offered in partnership with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Graduate Public Relations Program at Syracuse University.
Thompson, a Master’s student enrolled in the Fall 2018 Newhouse Public Relations Program, is the first-ever recipient of the fellowship, which was underwritten in 2018-2019 by Taylor. Thompson, following an in-depth interview process, was awarded the fellowship after impressing Taylor with his marketing communications-mindset and vision for the future of media. The fellowship includes $10,000 in scholarship funding, a paid part-time remote internship during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, and a paid full-time internship in one of Taylor’s offices in Summer 2019.
“Recruiting from a diverse pool of candidates means a more qualified workforce,” says Megan Beatty, a member of Taylor’s Human Resources team. “It is essential to our success to develop talent like Thompson, which helps to foster a more innovative and inclusive work environment. The Newhouse Fellowship Program, along with Taylor’s longstanding HBCU Internship Program, helps to champion initiatives that strengthen retention and positions us as a lead agency in our industry.”
Thompson believes, “a media consultant in the 21st century is someone who thinks outside the box, is constantly building those around them, welcomes challenges in order to grow, always has their mind and heart on the bigger picture, and knows not only how but why.” Thompson aspires to begin a career as a communications executive applying his learnings in the global community, “to leave this world a better place than I found it.”
This fellowship is not only designed to help build and mold modern public relations professionals but to help diversify the public relations industry. Taylor, through the leadership of Tony Signore, CEO and Managing Partner, has provided domestic and global diversity and inclusion support through its business plan and hiring practices. In 2007, for example, Signore launched the HBCU Internship Program, which offers students from an HBCU a paid summer internship in Taylor’s New York office. The program kicked off its second decade this year and continues to evolve in its support for HBCU students nationwide.
Earlier this month, Thompson kicked off his fellowship with a one-week orientation in Taylor’s NYC offices and now feels “more excited than ever to jump into a career in marketing communications,” and to make his mark not only at Taylor but ultimately across the globe.