Michelle Mekky, CEO & Founder
Michelle Mekky is a true media and PR veteran, with more than 20 years of experience both as a broadcast journalist and PR executive, leading award-winning marketing and PR campaigns for some of the nation’s biggest brands and diverse businesses - from start-ups to global powerhouses. With great drive, work ethic and enthusiasm, Michelle is a master connector and has a natural skill and personality that creates success for her clients. She launched her own company Mekky Media Relations in 2016 to bring her brand of PR to the market to cut through the clutter and generate powerful publicity. In 2018, Michelle and Mekky Media were selected as a part of the Forbes Agency Council. Michelle also received a Stevie® Award for Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year.
Michelle is a graduate of Northwestern University, achieving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the renowned Medill School of Journalism. She has always had a passion for writing and telling stories, first falling in love with broadcast television, where she spent over a decade as a Senior Producer and news writer for Fox-TV in Chicago. She created compelling content for the morning shows, producing live lifestyle and news segments featuring a wide range of guests from famous chefs to politicians to actors to athletes. She also worked as a news writer at NBC and reported for WISC-TV in Madison Wisconsin while finalizing her Master’s program in Washington, D.C. After her years as a veteran journalist, Michelle transitioned into a career in public relations and marketing, spending over ten years at agencies in Chicago where she was able to use her insider media knowledge and widespread connections to achieve success and top-tier media coverage for the clients she managed.
She has led PR strategy in multiple industries including non-profits, hospitality, technology, retail, B-to-B, culinary, entertainment, healthcare, fitness, legal and more. Top client experience includes Susan G. Komen Chicago, Illinois Office of Tourism, Turkish Airlines, Porkchop Chicago, Big Game Air, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Four Corners Tavern Group, Wealth Management Group and much more.
Career highlights include performing as Master of Ceremonies for multiple client events, including a launch press conference where she interviewed Kobe Bryant in front of an audience of reporters, and hosting multiple international press trips with top-tier editors. She is also a media trainer, with the innate ability to prepare spokespeople to know exactly how to master their moment in front of the spotlight. She has expertise in crisis communications, social media campaigns and branding development.
Michelle is a believer that with positive energy and determination, anything can be accomplished.
To learn more about Michelle, please visit her LinkedIn blog.