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Michelle Flowers

Michelle Flowers (MSA82) is president and CEO of Flowers Communications Group, a Chicago-based public relations firm founded in 1991. Her company specializes in target market programs, specifically those affecting the African-American consumer market. Its national client base includes Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Citibank, Lawry's Foods, Luster Products, Mary Kay Inc. and Miller Brewing Company.

Prior to starting the agency, Flowers was a senior vice president for Burrell Public Relations Inc. She joined Burrell in 1986 as assistant vice president. In August 1987 she was named vice president, with responsibility for new business development, agency administration and account management. After two years, Flowers became senior vice president and supervised major accounts like Kraft General Foods, Procter & Gamble and Quaker Oats. Earlier in her career, Flowers was an account supervisor for Golin/Harris Communications in Chicago. She also held several public relations positions at the Chicago Urban League.

Her professional awards include one gold and four Silver Trumpets, an award of merit from the Publicity Club of Chicago, and two Silver Anvils presented by the Public Relations Society of America. Flowers has been recognized as one of Dollars and Sense magazine's "Top 100 Business and Professional Women." She is chair of the Museum of Science and Industry's 1997 black creativity advisory committee.

Flowers graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor's degree from Winston-Salem State University.