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4/6/2018: Media Roundtable; Gen W- Shelley Diamond


Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert (01:06).

We spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Shelley Diamond about next week’s big Gen W conference (46:00).

Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the continued riffs between Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration and the City Council over the possibility of selling JEA as well as the Kids Hope Alliance hiring a former board member as CEO, They also looked at the resignation of State Democratic Committeeman John Parker for using racially insensitive language and Florida TaxWatch calling the state funding to tear down the Hart Bridge elevated road a “Budget Turkey.”

Generation W -Shelley Diamond

She is a passionate builder of global brands and business, with expertise in integrating and activating platforms across communications channels and driving marketing transformation for domestic and global clients, including Campbell’s, Xerox, Dell and Tyson.   

Shelley Diamond is chief client officer for Young and Rubicam. She will be leading a discussion on social impact at the Generation W “Rise and Shine” conference on April 13.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.