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About Shakira M. Brown


Nationally Recognized Branding & Business Communication Strategist & Professional Keynote Speaker

Shakira M. Brown is a 13 time award-winning Communication Maven, Professional Speaker and former network television broadcast journalist. She is the CEO of SMB Strategic Media LLC, a firm that helps businesses clarify their brand message to empower audiences to respond to their call to action. Her clients have included medical practices, professional services firms, insurance brokers, national associations, professional organizers, consumer brands, celebrities, personalities and Fortune 500 companies. Shakira is also the lead marketing consultant for New Jersey Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.


Shakira cut her teeth in public relations and branding at a Madison Avenue New York boutique PR firm. As a publicist, Her clients have included:;; Dr. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief, The Gallup Poll; Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam and Phat Farm empire; Mort Walker, creator - Beetle Bailey comic strip; and Patrick McDonnell, 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, Lifetime Television, USA Today, The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) and many other national, regional/local television affiliated networks and radio stations nationwide. 

Prior to her career in public relations and branding, Shakira was a successful TV news producer and/or worked on programming for  over five years for CBS News, MTV Networks, HBO, ABC Networks and NBC News, MSNBC and television network affiliates in New York and Boston. As a producer at MSNBC, Shakira produced daily news broadcast and served as producer for the network’s daytime weekday and weekend news broadcasts where she produced programming for Brian William (NBC Nightly News), Ann Curry (Today Show), Soledad O’Brien (CNN), Lori Stokes (WABC News), Dan Abrams (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.

Today, Shakira is hired to speak for international conferences and corporate workshops for organizations such Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), CyberRisk Alliance, International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC),  New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE),  Credit Union National Association, Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland, Promotional Products Association International, and many more. Shakira is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and has been featured in American Express Open, Crain’s Chicago, HealthCare IT News, Institutional Investor, Smart Money, Nonprofit Communications, Black Enterprise and others.

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  • Shakira has 100% track record in successfully rebranding small businesses 

  • 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 has been a voting Academy Member of the EMMYs for 15 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 over 20 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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