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Michelle Flowers Welch Receives ‘Distinguished Senior Leader’ Honor

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Michelle Flowers Welch Receives “Distinguished Senior Leader’ Honor

December 7, 2017
The Fortnightly of Chicago

Michelle Flowers Welch, founder and chairman of the Flowers Communications Group, received the Chicago PRSA Chapter’s 2017 Distinguished Senior Leaders’ Award on December 7. A group of 85 senior public relations professionals attended the annual reception hosted by the Chapter’s Senior Leaders Committee.

“It was a very special evening—we knew it would be with Michelle as the honoree,” said Bridget Coffing, retired CCO of McDonald’s Corporation, who co-chairs the Chapter’s Senior Leaders program with Rich Jernstedt of The Jernstedt Company. “She has made such an impact on our profession here in Chicago and around the country.”

Michelle was introduced by James Compton, retired chairman and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, her employer when she arrived in Chicago. Michelle’s first boss in Chicago, first boss in her first agency experience and first employee of her firm were all in attendance.

Her comments traced the story of her passion for ethnic marketing and her spirit of entrepreneurialism. They combined as she founded her firm more than 20 years ago.

Sponsors of the event were Astellas, Flowers Communications Group, Gagen MacDonald, Grayson Emmett Partners, Jack Daniels, The Jernstedt Company, Heyman Associates, Honda, MillerCoors, Canady Enterprises, Korbel, National Black Public Relations Society and Welch Consulting.

A contribution in Michelle’s name was made to the Salvation Army of Chicago, one of her favorite charities. She serves on its board of directors.

The event was held at The Lathrop House, the Gold Coast mansion owned by the country’s first women’s club, The Fortnightly.

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