If you identify as Black across all dimensions of representation, and no matter your sector, you are working in a communications role (this may include internal or external communications or public relations, media relations, employee engagement, marketing, content creation etc.) we invite you to become a member.
If you identify as a Black student studying in a recognized postsecondary institution in the field of communications, public relations (or another related field), we invite you to pursue membership.
Many Black communicators have shared their stories of being overlooked, passed over stereotyped, pigeonholed, and limited as they attempted to enter leadership and executive roles. Many have had to navigate the system(s) on their own, encourintering biases, and ultimately starting their own agencies in order to carve their own opportunities. We know there is a specific need for Black Canadians and communicators, and our organization strives to address those specific needs.
There are other organizations that aim to highlight this conversation and create events for Black communicators and/or marketers. We stand with those organizations, and support their efforts. However, at its core, our organization is about providing value, and directly helping to propel communicators in their careers through professional development, social support, mentorship, access to exclusive opportunities, and a showcase of their talents and expertise to progressive organizations. No other organization or non-profit exists with this mandate or these services, and the research on the state of the communications industry continues to demonstrate that it is needed to create a more equitable and proficient profession.
The Ubora Network works to propel the conversation about the need for diversity and inclusion with an anti-Black racism lens specifically in public relations.
Many companies have approached us with a desire to diversify their teams and find the right expertise to elevate their communications efforts. Our network is helping organizations reach qualified Black communicators who can fulfill those needs.
Members join to have their profiles and expertise housed on our searchable database.
Employers and recruiters work through our database to have access to a network of diverse communicators, based on the expertise they are looking to fulfill on their teams. Additionally, these organizations have mandates of addressing the lack of diversity on their teams and need access to our database for more equitable recruitment.
Members also get access to exclusive job posts shared by our corporate partners.
Professional development events will be held with discounts for members and discounts for other industry events when shared with us by our partner organizations.
Members also receive access to members-only networking groups on Slack and LinkedIn where crowdsourcing, resource sharing, and emotional support are shared.
Eventually, members can participate in a senior-level mentorship program for additional guidance from an executive Black communicator who can sponsor and share insights on navigating corporate systems.
Yes. The founders of the network vowed to operate not to make profits for themselves, but to open doors and opportunities for its members. We are striving to ensure membership costs and events remain affordable, yet extremely valuable.
Ubora means ‘excellence’ in Swahili. It is the embodiment of how we conduct communications in our professional lives, as founders of the Ubora Network, as communicators, and we invite our members to operate in the same way.