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About Shakira M. Brown


Nationally Recognized Leadership Communication Strategist & Professional Keynote Speaker/ Soft Skills Corporate Trainer 

Shakira M. Brown ( is an Award-Winning Leadership Communication Strategist, National Speaker and Soft Skills Maven with a focus on effective communication, leadership, innovation, public speaking and branding addressing thousands of in-person and virtual audiences annually. Early in her career, Shakira leveraged her extremely influential and persuasive communication skills to break into the challenging network television news industry in New York City serving as a news producer for MSNBC and others. Known for always telling herself YES, Shakira never hesitates to use her verbal skills to achieve her goals and now inspires others to do the same.

Through her company, SMB Strategic Media LLC, Shakira creates customized coaching and learning experiences for associations; national/international conference events; corporate workshops/retreats and custom master classes for a wide swath of industries. Due to her tenacity and compelling personality, Shakira is also often tapped to speak at conferences for women in a myriad of industries. Leaning into her passion for entrepreneurship, Shakira is also the lead business consultant for New Jersey Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Shakira has won over 13 industry awards in various disciplines for her work. 

Organizations that have partnered with Shakira to educate/train  professionals have included Texas Society of Association of Executives; Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Executives; Florida Society of Association of Executives; Virginia Society of Association of Executives; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Association of Financial Professionals; Texas Association of School Business Officials; Catersource/The Special Event Show; American Association of Orthodontists; Healthcare Businesswomen's Association; New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists; Pennsylvania Conference for Women; Boston University; America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC); CyberRisk Alliance; International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC); International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland; Promotional Products Association International; and many more.

Shakira has served as a voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (TV EMMYS), National Speakers Association, Meeting Professionals International and has been a featured expert in Association Leadership, Institutional Investor, American Express Open, Crain’s Chicago, The Membership Report, HealthCare IT News, Smart Money, Nonprofit Communications, The World of Speakers Podcast and others.

  • Shakira has won 13 industry communication awards 

  • She has worked in news production for all three major broadcast television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS), plus MSNBC

  • Shakira served in the prestigious/competitive NBC Page program beating out thousands of other candidates for her page “class"

  • Shakira has TV credits so she was a voting Academy Member of the EMMYs for nearly 25 years. When winners thank "the Academy" she is one of those people!

  • She has either advised or has been employed in over 20 industries since the age of 13 

  • Shakira was named a prestigious "Woman of Distinction" in 2011

  • Her insights and commentary have been in nearly 100 media outlets in print, radio, video and podcasts 

  • Shakira had optimized her website so well that fans of the Columbian singer, Shakira, were sending her fan mail and calling her even though she's a different Shakira

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