SHEILA BROOKS, Ph.D.
Sheila Brooks, Ph.D. is an entrepreneur, author, Emmy-award winning journalist, dedicated advocate for minority, women and diversity issues and small businesses; and an expert in multicultural marketing and entrepreneurial education.
Dr. Brooks is founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, a full-service 29-year-old advertising, marketing and PR agency in Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Manhattan, New York. The boutique agency specializes in multicultural markets, public relations, media relations, community outreach and broadcast production. Prior to starting her company in 1990, Dr. Brooks built a distinguished television career as a reporter, anchor, and news director at CBS, NBC, and PBS TV affiliates across the country. She worked as the documentary executive producer for WTTG Reports at the Fox owned-and operated station in Washington, D.C.
Her 41 years in the television and communications industry has garnered more than 200 awards including two local Emmy Awards, four local Emmy Nominations; the prestigious 2017 President’s Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a three-time honor; 47 national Telly
awards; and induction in the Silver Circle, a Hall of Fame honor from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which recognizes more than 25 years of excellence in journalism. In 2019, Dr. Brooks received a NAACP Image Award nomination for her first book. She was also inducted in the DMN Marketing Hall of Femme and her alma mater’s Hall of Fame in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington-Seattle.
Dr. Brooks has received numerous entrepreneurial honors including the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media Award from Folio Magazine; the 2018, 2012 and 1995 Supplier of the Year Awards; 2018, 2016 and 2008 Top MBE Awards; the 2015 Advocate of the Year Award from the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC); the 2016 Community Investor’s Award from Baltimore Associated Black Charities; 2014 Partnership Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee, a recognition shared jointly with her firm’s client Baltimore Gas and Electric; and the 2014 Women in Business Champion Award from the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Brooks is a sought-after speaker and author, releasing her first book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice,” in April 2018. She has testified before the United States Congress and Maryland General Assembly on minority and women’s business issues. She has served on numerous national, local and paid nonprofit boards throughout her career. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Federal City Council, Chair of the Board of Visitors at Morgan State University’s School of Journalism and Communication, Advisory Board of the Jim Vance Media Institute at Archbishop Carroll High School, and the Advisory Board for ColorComm. She is immediate Past Chair of The Presidents’ RoundTable, an exclusive African American CEO organization of high-growth entrepreneurs.
Dr. Brooks teaches multicultural marketing in her role as adjunct faculty in the graduate school’s Strategic Public Relations program at The George Washington University. Previously, she taught journalism and entrepreneurial college courses, and was Entrepreneur in Residence in the School of Communications at Howard University from 2010-2012 where she provided consulting services in strategy, branding and media outreach for an entrepreneurial incubator.
Dr. Brooks received a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in May 2015 from Howard University. She has a Master of Arts degree in political science from Howard and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.