Diversity and Identity Panel

August 27, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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HopCat STL
6315 Delmar Bvld
University City, MO 63130
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Diversity and Inclusion are important to any business, organization or group. Within that each identity should be understood, recognized and celebrated. While some identities are visible and outwardly apparent, some are not. At this PRSA Monthly Meeting, we will hear from a panel of leaders in the St. Louis community about how their identity has changed their experiences and shaped who they are both professionally and personally. Our panel will be led by Programming Committee Member, Kennedy Moore, of StratCommRx.

Event Panelist 

Tony Garavaglia

Tony is the Market Leader for the Missouri/Kansas Health & Benefits Practice of Willis Towers Watson. Prior to that, he was a Client Relationship Director in the Client Development Group and has 26 years of experience as a Consultant in the St. Louis Health & Group Benefits practice.  He is experienced in the design, selection, funding, administration, and financial analysis of employee benefit plans.  He has extensive experience with benefit strategies, vendor negotiations, procurement, and implementations. He also has extensive experience in assisting with mergers and acquisitions both domestically and globally.

Tony is also a member of the Willis Towers Watson Inclusion & Diversity Committee and leads the [email protected] network for Missouri/Kansas.

He is a member of the Employee Benefits Association and the St. Louis chapter of WEB, Professionals Working in Employee Benefits. He was also Vice President of the Webster University Alumni Board of Directors and a member of the Frank Wyman Society. In 2015, Tony won the Outstanding Alumni award from Webster University’s Walker School of Business & Technology. Tony has also been involved in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) since 2014 as the Chair of Corporate Fundraising for HRC. He became an HRC Board of Governor in 2018. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Lori Becker

Lori Becker is the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Development and Communications for the Strkloff Disability Institute, where she has helped advance the organization’s mission since 2013. As a participant in the nonprofit’s flagship program, the Starkloff Career Academy, Ms. Becker learned to disclose her disability of legal blindness from a position of power and self-advocate. Before coming to Starkloff, Ms. Becker worked for eighteen years as a political campaign and public relations consultant.  

In her last venture, L.A. Becker Consulting, she executed community outreach strategies for Fleishman Hillard. Ms. Becker is a founding organizer of FestAbility: A Celebration of Disabilities and an avid supporter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Mind’s Eye Information Service, and the Arts and Culture Accessibility Collaborative.

She is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis Chapter and the Spanish American Girls Society. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her four teenage children, running, cycling, kayaking and listening to audiobooks. 

Linda Lockhart

Linda Lockhart has been telling stories for most of her life. A St. Louis native, she is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, and has worked at several newspapers round the Midwest, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Milwaukee Journal and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has been a reporter, copy editor, make-up editor, night city editor, assistant business editor, Metro Section editor, editorial writer and national-international news editor. She is a founding member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and a board member for the St. Louis Press Club.

After more than three decades of working for daily newspapers, she made the transition into online news when she joined the start-up St. Louis Beacon, where she served as news aggregator and began exploring the brave new world of outreach and engagement.

After the Beacon merged in 2013 with St. Louis Public Radio, Linda continued connecting with listeners and readers, primarily through the Public Insight Network. This journalism tool was a product of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media that helped journalists find unique news sources. She also served as copy editor the SLPR website. She retired in January 2019.

Moderator: Kennedy Moore

Kennedy is a natural communicator, problem solver, and critical thinker. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, Kennedy studied Communication, Black Studies and was a student leader. Citizenship @ Mizzou, was an initiative started in 2016 specifically for incoming Mizzou students under the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. As lead vocalist in the band “Talking Drum”, Kennedy used her voice to sing as well as facilitate conversations (sometimes difficult) about understanding the four Mizzou values (Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence) and diversity on the institution’s campus.

 Kennedy utilizes her passion for writing, media relations, community outreach, and advocacy to educate and engage others. In her time at StratCommRx, Kennedy has worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Municipal League of Metro St. Louis, and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Kennedy is also an alumna member of the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women.


$15.00 Students

$20.00 PRSA Chapter Member

$45.00 Non-Member