Jaylen has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a BE Modern Man, the Orlando Business Journal as a recipient of its annual 40 Under 40 accolade, awarded a Diversity Leader trophy by PR News, and received the ImPRess Award for Professional Achievement by the Florida Public Relations Association.
As a PR professional, Jaylen has led strategic communications planning and execution and generated media coverage for brands including Sodexo, Massey Services, RDV Sportsplex, FHSAA, Chick-Fil-A, and The Salvation Army of Orlando, one of the largest non-profits in Florida, where he oversaw the Angel Tree program to help thousands of disadvantaged children during the Christmas season. He has also contributed thought leadership pieces to industry publications including Small Biz Daily, PR Daily, PR News, PRWeek, and Home Business Magazine.
Jaylen is known in Central Florida as a thought leader and retains positions on the Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Directors, the Orange County Library System’s Friends of the Library board, and the United Negro College Fund’s Leadership Council. He was also recently appointed by Mayor Jerry Demings to serve on the Orange County Martin Luther King initiative and selected by Valencia College to serve on its Advisory Council.
As a writer, Jaylen has written opinionated essays for media outlets including The Grio and Blavity. His topics deal with diversity and inclusion, race, crisis communications, and nerd culture.