INSPIRED BY DIVERSITY.
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.
GREAT IDEAS MATTERS.
01. ‘Abbot Elementary’ Sheds Light on Disparities with a Humorous Touch
Publication: The Grio
02. Why On-Screen Representation Matters with Black Superheroines
Publication: The Grio
03. How Barnes & Noble’s Book Cover Blunder Indicates a Need for Inclusion in the Workplace
04. Five Reasons Why A Wrinkle in Time is Better Than You Think
WHAT PEOPLE SAY.
“It was a pleasure working with Jaylen. He was always thinking of creative ways to break through the clutter and position our brand and experts positively in the media. And, he was successful at it!”
Dasha Ross Smith – Head of Corporate Communications @ Sodexo North America
“I believe Jaylen’s good at what he does because he does what he’s passionate about and that passion pulls others into his orbit. Compound that with the fact that he’s very nice and extremely charming, you have the makings of the perfect public relations pro, master of ceremonies, event speaker, or whatever else he’s doing today!”
Noah Sigman – President & Chief Creative Officer @ Drive Advertising