About Sharon Jones

As SVP/Director, Diversity & Inclusion, HR-Washington, D.C., Atlanta & Dallas, Sharon is an accomplished human resources professional who excels at building partnerships with organizational leaders in order to develop programs that align with, and help achieve, business goals. She provides strategic planning/counsel and tactical execution in all HR disciplines -- most notably talent management, organizational development/training, employee relations, and recruitment.

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ColorComm 2017: Earning Our Seat at the Table

Feeling a sense of belonging at this years’ Annual ColorComm Conference – Surprise Yourself, allowed us a peek at what a matriarchal society could look and feel like! If you’re not familiar, this conference attracted over 400 women of color (and a few good men) in communications at the mid- and senior-levels. This unique community is able to discuss important issues and learn from the best talent in the industry on taking your career to the next level. A microcosm of a matriarchal society. Cue the song by Beyoncé Girls Rule the World!

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Inclusiveness & Democracy: A Real Test of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship can be defined as playing fair, treating opponents with respect, following the rules and respecting the judgment of referees. We’ve all seen good sportsmanship, whether on the basketball court as players greet each other at the beginning and congratulate the winner at the end, or a football player extending a hand to help an opponent off the ground. Even in boxing, a sport I find particularly brutal, opponents touch gloves at the start, fight hard and ultimately embrace one another in congratulations.

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Combating Our Fear of the Unknown

Sharon Jones (far right), taking part in PRSSA Diversity in Public Relations panel discussion.

The other day I was out grocery shopping and a small but significant encounter gave me pause to reflect. As I approached the doors to my local supermarket, I noticed three young black men talking to each other while standing on either side of the entrance. I also noticed walking just ahead of me a Caucasian woman with her young daughter. Rather than walk between the young men to go through the entrance, they entered through the exit door.

I, on the other hand, walked between the young men without a second thought. As a woman of color – my father is a black man, I married a black man and I raised a black son – I had no hesitation walking between the men outside the store. It made me wonder, could unconscious bias be at play here?

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Successfully Straddling Two Worlds Thanks to Career “Godmothers” & “Godfathers”

As Seen In…Culpwrit

It’s been a month since I returned from 2015 ColorComm Conference (C2), the annual event that focuses on women of color in the field of communications. C2, brain-child of founder Lauren Wesley Wilson created as a way of taking networking to a deeper level, and began as a small, invite-only luncheon in 2011. It has now celebrated its second year as an annual, 3-day nationwide convergence of U.S.-based communications professionals.

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Diversity & Inclusion: Looking Ahead to ColorComm

I’m excited to attend the 2015 ColorComm Conference (C2) – The New Reality, this week in Key Biscayne, FL. The conference, which draws more than 300 multicultural professional women and men, is held annually and features innovative programs and topics presented by the Communication industry’s top practitioners and thought-leaders.

I was fortunate to attend ColorComm last year and it was a life-changing experience. As a woman of color, the conference was the first time I was among more than 300 women in a professional setting who looked a lot like me! The feeling of belonging and instant connection that was created due to our shared life experiences was palpable. The confidence that I felt in learning from others who have blazed a trail similar to the one I’ve been traveling, and who were willing and eager to pass along pearls of wisdom, was uplifting.

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Confidence, Courage and Connections

I recently had the privilege of representing Ketchum at the inaugural ColorComm (C2) conference in Orlando, Florida. The brain-child of Lauren Wesley Wilson, Founder and Chief Networking Officer, ColorComm, was created to be an intimate business conference where women of color in communications can share experiences, challenges and insights.

Over 200 multicultural professional women (and a few men too) came together to be among the first to witness what proved to be an informative and inspiring experience. The event lived up to expectations and delivered on all fronts, particularly motivational speaker Gloria Mayfield Banks, who provided a few particular pearls of wisdom that I was inspired by and feel compelled to share.

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