Diana Marszalek 28 Oct 2021 // 9:02PM GMT
SAN FRANCISCO — In its second reproach of Texas’ new restrictive abortion law, Bospar, along with nine other agencies, will be hosting a virtual job fair aimed at helping PR talent leave the Lone Star state as a means of ensuring their reproductive rights.
PRoviding Choices will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 4, during which job seekers will have free access to participating agencies’ listings for entry level to senior level positions. There will also be opportunities to schedule interviews or have conversations with agency representatives.
Bospar’s partners in the effort are Bateman Agency, BOCA, EvolveMKD, Highwire PR, Karbo Communications, Manhattan Strategies, Redwood Climate Communications, Strange Brew Strategies, and Trier and Company. The fair is the brainchild of Julie Karbo, founder and CEO of Karbo Communications.
While the fair is targeting Texas residents, it is open to anyone who would like to attend, organizers said.
The job fair will launch roughly two months after Bospar pledged to underwrite employees’ moves out of Texas in response to the new law, among the most restrictive in the country. Bospar currently has six Texas-based employees, who are free to move anywhere given the agency has an entirely remote workforce. Bospar pledged to extend the program to residents of other states that follow suit by banning most abortions.
"From the moment we announced our relocation plan on Sept. 9, our hope was that other PR agencies would join us in this effort,” said Bospar principal and co-founder Curtis Sparrer. “We were thrilled when Julie Karbo of Karbo Communications, learning of our offer, reached out to us and suggested a virtual career fair. As other Silicon Valley-based agencies heard about what we were doing, they asked to join this effort. When you have a groundswell of activity, a movement is born. The Texas brain drain is happening.”