MONICA WOOD is President/Owner
of MWPR, Inc., a full-service woman-owned/operated Public Relations
consultancy, offering comprehensive experience in strategic communications,
and public and media relations. MWPR, Inc. specializes in sports
PR, diversity marketing, community outreach, brand development and
crisis/reputation management. The firm currently has a presence in
both Maryland and North Carolina.
Before launching her firm in 2004, for five
years Wood worked for Golin/Harris, an international public relations
firm where she co-managed the McDonald’s account – one of GH’s largest and
longest tenured Corporate Consumer clients as account group supervisor.
Wood also played a key role in the development of GH’s Diversity
Specialty Practice and has extensive experience in reaching the African-American
market through earned and paid media relations efforts.
Prior to joining GH in 1999, as a senior account
executive, Wood built a career managing marketing programs, communications
and special events for major retailers, publishing and advertising
companies, including The Rouse Company headquartered in Columbia,
MD and, The AFRO-American Newspaper Company headquartered in Baltimore,
MD. As director of promotions and charities for the AFRO, Wood
developed and executed promotions and marketing campaigns highlighting
the AFRO’s rich history within the African American community
to its readers as well as the general market. In December 1997, Presstime Magazine
recognized Wood in their annual special edition as one of "20
Under 40". This national recognition highlights the accomplishments
and contributions made by 20 professionals under the age of 40 to
the newspaper industry.
As promotions director, she created, produced
and hosted the AFRO’s
weekly public affairs talk show then called “AFRO Tuesday Edition” on
Morgan State University’s radio station WEAA 88.9 FM. In April
2006, Wood returned as host of the weekly radio show until January
2007. June 2007, she was recognized by the National Association of
Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. as their
2007 “Distinguished Service” award recipient.
Wood has been invited to speak or conduct workshops on all facets
of PR by several national professional and community organizations
including the National Council of Presidents (Presenter in
Washington, DC 2008), National Black Public Relations Society Annual
Conference (Panelist in Chicago 2007); Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc. Annual National Convention (Workshop Presenter in Orlando
2007 & Kansas City 2008); and, Morgan State University Earl Graves
School of Business "Entrepreneurial Series" (Featured
Series Speaker in Baltimore 2005).
A third generation graduate of Morgan State University, Wood holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech. She is a member of The Association
for Women in Sports Media, The National Association of Female Executives,
National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. Wood resides in Charlotte, NC.