Creating meaningful community engagement through diversity, equity, and inclusion
Free Power Lunch Webinar


Why are diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) important for meaningful community engagement? By empowering our communities through opportunity, access, and inclusivity, we have the chance to leverage the benefits of diversity to drive and affect change within our organizations and the communities we serve.

Join CAPIO for a thoughtful, interactive discussion about the importance of DEI in communications. 

Key areas of focus for this webinar include:

  • Real-life case studies
  • Community outreach and education
  • Partnerships
  • Workforce/organizational development
  • And more!



Date: February 24, 2022
Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Cost: CAPIO Members/Non-member – FREE


This webinar was sponsored in part by the Metropolitan Water District.

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Benita Lynn Horn is a Principal Public Affairs Representative for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications, training and education. She attended UC Santa Barbara as an undergrad and earned her MBA in Marketing from Pepperdine University. She earned several environmental education awards from the Federal Transit Administration and Governor Jerry Brown. For the last 15 years, she managed the World Water Forum - a grant program for college students focused on water conservation and stewardship. In partnership with USBR, the students launched projects all over the world, including Southern California, Central America and West Africa.

Currently, she serves on several Diversity Equity and Inclusion Councils at the local, state and national level. She is also an Executive Board Member for four philanthropic organizations, including the National Charity League Inc. and Black Alumni for Educational Excellence. Benita’s personal philosophy is based on four pillars: innovation, inspiration, imagination and inclusion. Her personal and professional career has been devoted to advocating for under-privileged youth. Although this is a challenging time in our nation’s history, she is encouraged by the renewed efforts for dialogue and collaboration. 


BeNeca Griffin. In 2010 the White House recognized BeNeca Griffin for her leadership abilities. She serves as an Executive Advisor and is called upon to develop and expand business, executive and professional brands & partnerships to advance them to the next level. BeNeca spent 20 years in the entertainment business before venturing out across various industries.  She has been a featured speaker for the National Football League (NFL) Players Association, the 40th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Convention, the United State of Women Conference, the Sydney MANifest: Ultimate Men’s Symposium, CA Board of Equalization’s Connecting Women to Power Business Conference, the California/Nevada American Water Works Association Conferences & more. She served as an instructor at the Center for Executive Development at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management & was nominated for the Los Angeles Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame. As an author, BeNeca received an NAACP Image Award Nomination and is set to release her upcoming professional development how-to series.  

Tiffany Baca is a dynamic, motivated public relations strategist with an extensive background in high-impact, multi-dimensional communications and has proven award-winning success building strong brands and strong communities. Each day, Tiffany mobilizes internal and external creative teams to conceptualize, execute, and advance strategies and campaigns that educate, inform, and inspire action. In addition to creating award-winning logos, websites, and brands, she has written and implemented award-winning campaigns and strategic plans, re-imaged long-standing, well-respected programs, and forged new ones. Tiffany prides herself on identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships that thrive.

Tiffany is also committed to the health and reliability of our natural resources and the knowledge, strength, and resiliency of the next generation of California citizens. She works closely with education leaders to ensure that all California’s K-12 students have access to impactful, local environment-based learning experiences that logically prepare them to approach larger statewide and global challenges. She is a member of the California Environmental Literacy Leadership Council and is steadfast in the belief that investments in our young people today will ultimately contribute to the health and welfare of future workers, their families, and the state’s economy. Additionally, Tiffany leads the Water Energy Education Alliance, a powerful Southern California coalition of education and water and energy industry leaders working to build and strengthen career pathway programs for California students.
Pledging each day to be an instrument of what’s possible, Tiffany is also a multi-media artist who has exhibited in galleries for over 20 years (, donating her artwork to worthy organizations that align with her values, vision, and hope for the future. She has found success in both her creative and professional endeavors, blending dynamic, vibrant content with heart, reason, and strategy. In 2020, she received CAPIO’s Communicator of the Year award.