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Williams Ekanem

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Communications Specialist

I am a highly experienced Communications Specialist capable of developing effective communication strategies to build and maintain organization’s brand identity, create change, raise funds and increase visibility.

With background in financial journalism, public relations, health and marketing communication, I excel in stakeholder’s engagement and building sustainable relationships.  My double master’s degrees in Public Relations and Industrial Relations, make me versatile in external/internal strategic thematic communications to grow partnership.

I articulate and develop compelling narratives, thought leadership content and align messaging to corporate priorities as well as  undertake media training for executive.

With this expertise, I have over the years, executed integrated communications campaigns to raise funds, engage target audience.

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Master of Arts in Public Relations
Hofstra University| Hempstead, New York | 2016

Master’s in Industrial Relations/Human Resource Mgt                                                       UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, Nigeria

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts
UNIVERSITY OF UYO, Nigeria  

 

                                        
AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Media Relations---Press Releases/Pitch Letters---Speech Writing---Funds Raising---Stakeholders   engagement---Reputation Management---Internal Communications---Advocacy, Community Relations,  Communications---Brand Creation/Management---Book Writing/publishing

EXAMPLES OF WORK

  • Developed and carried out a strategic advocacy communications campaign on the National Infant Immunization Week, a World Health Organization, WHO awareness program for Nurses Who Vaccinate, a nonprofit in the Long Island. The campaign helped raise awareness on the importance of infant immunization in the Wyandanch, Brentwood, Central Islip areas of Long Island.
  • Carried out a Public Relations evaluation of UCP Suffolk ‘Life Without Limit Walk & Wheel program,’ a fund-raising campaign to raise $1million for UCP. My recommendations for more publicity to attract potential donors outside the organizations’ email list, more presence in the traditional media, and development of a dedicated interactive website for the campaign were accepted and implemented.
  • Spearheaded brand creation and media launch for a startup pay-tv company. The plan included coordinating all corporate and marketing communications activities. The work resulted in successful roll out for the company with its first one thousand subscribers.
  • Coordinated a media announcement and publicity for Dr. Akinboboye, on appointment as the first black chair of the cardiovascular board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. The announcement became a media blitz generating very high internet buzz.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Communications Specialist
Willpower Communications, North Babylon, NY

  • Plan and direct public relations programs designed to create and maintain a favorable public image for clients.
  • Brand management for clients through corporate reputation strategy to help smooth operations and increase market share.
  • Craft strategic high-level content to effectively position clients in the market place.
  • Create and deliver press releases, media content, case studies, white papers, executive bios, corporate newsletter content, social media content, and speaking proposals.
  • Draft talking points and Speech writing for executives.
  • Proactively advise management on policy implications on communications strategy.
  • Lead in efforts to align messaging to clients’ objectives and priorities.
  • Liaise with clients to proactively monitor and coordinate social media.

 

Media Relations Executive
SDI Associates—Public Relations, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Developed and nurtured relationships with the media and other stakeholders.
  • Developed compelling story ideas, drafted talking points and wrote speeches for executives.
  • Engaged in strategic media outreach like arranging press interviews, media lunch for media executives, and pitching for assigned program areas that yield high quality media appearances
  • Drafted edited and disseminated communications materials such as press releases, media/photo advisories, calendar listings, public service announcements, articles for newsletter and website, and other materials as required.
  • Managed media relations and outreach, including arranging and covering radio, print, online and television interviews/appearances.
  • Carried out media research and monitor inbound press line inquiries - respond to and/or re-route calls and emails appropriately and in a timely manner.

 

Case Manager: Advocacy Communications
 
Halo Network of Services, Amityville, NY

  • Advocating for organization’s mission of improving quality of life of individuals with disabilities, mental health that live in Shelter and uphold the agency’s values.
  • Advocating and raising awareness on behalf of clients, the organization and service providers.
  • Craft strategic, high-impact messaging to strategic audience.
  • Coordination with staff and management in providing support and resources for clients.
  • Facilitate good relationship management with other networks, government agencies, resource centers and community resources.
  • Identify, develop and execute creative communications campaigns for the organization.
  • Collaborate with HR unit to entrench an internal communications functions with effective feedback mechanism.
  • Articulate compelling narratives to engage with various stakeholders in the industry.


Associate Editor/ Bureau Chief
BusinessWorld Newspapers, Washington DC

  • Covered press events and write exclusive, front page news stories for the newspaper from the United States.
  • Covered news events at the White House, US Congress, and the State Department.
  • Covered and write excusive front-page news events from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, IMF and the United Nations.
  • Conducted press interviews of senior government and business officials.
  • Covered the New York business district, the Stock Exchange, Investment community and the metropolis.

 

Editorial Contributor  2007 – Present
  oilprice.com, Yahoo News (USA), BLACK business review(USA),  Business Africa (London), Premium Times(Nigeria), This Day Newspaper(Nigeria), New Mail (Online), NEXT MONEY, (NIGERIA)

Author: Faith The Believers’ Rod    2015                                                                                   Understanding ‘Shithole ‘African Countries (in manuscript)                                                                                                                                                            

Ghost Writer: Be An Encourager    2017

[email protected]                   
(631)-704-1210
https://www.linkedin.com/in/williams-ekanem-72a03aa8/

02/10/2020