Shakira M. Brown
Shakira M. Brown is a 13 time award-winning public relations, corporate communicationsand branding professional who uses her over 20 years of experience leading externaland internal communications strategies for a myriad of smallbusinesses, personalities, corporations and professional servicesfirms to captivate and educate audiences. She is the ManagingPrincipal and CEO of SMB Strategic Media(smbstrategicmedia.com), a firm specializing in helping smallbusinesses get to the heart of why customers buy their goods andservices by clarifying their message and uncovering theircompetitive advantage. She is also a leading business adviser andmarketing counselor for America’s Small Business DevelopmentCenter and for the Regional Assistance Business Corporation inNew Jersey. She is a national small business speaker(shakirabrown.com) who captives audiences with her provocative storytelling and “tell itlike it is” style.
Shakira shares her seasoned advice on how to “master every moment” in business as aregular contributor to BlackEnterprise.com and has been featured as an expertin PRWeek, BrandWeek, Woman's World, Working Mother, Creditcards.com, Crain'sChicago Business, US 1 Princeton Magazine, Jersey 101.5 FM, MidJersey BusinessMagazine, AOL Money & Finance, Plastic Surgery Practice Advisor, NJBIZ, FierceEntrepreneur Podcast, Fridge Magazine and Smartmoney.com among manyothers. Shakira who is also known as the "Small Biz Whisperer” as she hosts,The "Moment Masters Show" (http://momentmasters.com) a small business focusedpodcast available on iTunes and Google Play, among others.Shakira cut her teeth in public relations and branding at a Madison Avenue New Yorkboutique PR firm. As a publicist, Her clients have included: MSNBC.com; BET.com; Dr.Frank Newport, editor-in-chief, The Gallup Poll; Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jamand Phat Farm empire; Mort Walker, creator - Beetle Bailey comic strip; and PatrickMcDonnell, creator – Mutts comics, among many other small and large businesses.She has successfully placed her clients in major media outlets such as The Today Show,The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, BusinessWeek (print and online),Fortune, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, New York magazine, LifetimeTelevision, USA Today, The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) and manyother national, regional/local television affiliated networks and radio stations nationwide.Prior to her career in public relations and branding, Shakira was a successful TV newsproducer and/or worked on programming for nearly six years for CBS News, MTVNetworks, HBO, ABC Networks and NBC News, MSNBC and television networkaffiliates in New York and Boston. As a producer at MSNBC, Shakira produced dailynews broadcast and served as producer for the network’s daytime weekday andweekend news broadcasts where she produced programming for Tom Brokaw (NBCNews), Chris Jansing (MSNBC), Brian William (MSNBC), Steve Capus (CBS News,former president, NBC News), Fredricka Whitfield (CNN), Lori Stokes (WYNY Fox), DanAbrams (Good Morning America legal analyst) and many other recognized broadcasters.Shakira is a voting member of the National Academy of Television & Arts Sciences,commonly known as the Television Emmy Organization. She is also a media councilmember with Gerson Lehrman Group Research, a network of consultants, physicians,scientists, engineers, attorneys, market researchers, and other professionals fromaround the world. Shakira has been a member of the Public Relations Society ofAmerica (PRSA) and previously served as chair of its National FinancialCommunications section. She also served as diversity chair on the executive board forthe PRSA-NJ chapter. She also previously served on the Board of Trustees for TV-36, alocal public access television station serving the five New Jersey towns of BerkeleyHeights, Millburn/Short Hills, New Providence, Springfield and Summit.