Public relations firm Berns Communications Group (BCG) flexed their strategic muscle over the past year, doubling down on a couple of key areas: influencer networks and DEI initiatives. In June 2022, agency president Stacy Berns founded The Z Suite – a diverse collective of Gen Z college students and influencers – to probe and understand their generation’s values, priorities, shopping habits and spending power. The group is formally connected to BCG’s Retail Influencer Network, giving these business leaders the opportunity to tap the brains of The Z Suite students to understand their generation’s values and concerns about issues such as sustainability, ethical labor practices and DEI as well as the way they think about brand loyalty and how that drives shopping behavior. In addition to co-founding The DealmakeHers (DMH), a collective influencer network that connects a diverse group of female C-level leaders with investors, analysts, VCs and activists, Berns led her team to partner with influencer and founder Kendra Bracken-Fergusen to launch the Braintrust Founders Studio, an incubator and accelerator for Black beauty and wellness founders.
Stacy Berns, President
Notable long-term clients:
Alibaba, Trove Recommerce Inc., Delta Galil, Wharton’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, CommerceNext, First Insight, ShoulderUp
New client wins:
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Bubble Beauty, Obsess, Powered by People, Bolt, Cart.com, True Religion and Arc Technologies
How are you innovating and moving the industry forward?
“Although BCG is a strategic public relations firm, we have found over the last year that it is our influencer networks and ability to curate candid conversations between like-minded leaders that have led to industry-wide collaborations, solutions and progress. Our firm is acutely aware of the challenges facing both industries and society and we believe our networks are a catalyst for meaningful progress through community, storytelling and amplification. That said, our pro-bono work in support of nonprofits that are making meaningful contributions to underserved communities has always been key to our efforts to move the communications industry forward. Particularly impactful efforts this year included BCG’s partnership with The Annual Outstanding Mother Awards May luncheon benefiting Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. Proceeds from this annual luncheon go to Save the Children, a nonprofit organization that works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country – which were a record breaking $800,000 this year. Stacy Berns is on the board of the committee and leverages her commitment to this cause with her team to curate the program and moderators, deliver sponsorships and amplify participation.”