Melissa Vela Williamson

Melissa Vela-Williamson is an accredited, internationally-recognized public relations expert, national industry columnist, podcast host and author. With two decades of multicultural and integrated communications experience, Melissa serves as a consultant, trainer, and account director at her boutique firm, MVW Communications. She has directed communication initiatives for over 100 brands. With unique experience in internal communications and DEI, Melissa leverages her PR expertise and acumen as a certified diversity professional to create social good. Her book, Smart Talk: Public Relations Essentials All Pros Should Know was published Oct. 2022 and quickly became an Amazon Bestseller.

Telling Your Brand Story as a Nonprofit Leader (In-Person)

March 19th (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Course Description...   Learn how to assess and manage your leadership brand through the intentional use of communication strategies, tactics and tools from accredited public relations expert and certified diversity professional Melissa Vela-Williamson. This national speaker and author will share trustworthy ways you can connect with people at all levels, communicate effectively in tricky situations, and tell an authentic brand story strategically. 

Who Should Attend

Nonprofit Management Program participants, emerging leaders, and nonprofit professionals/staff seeking to better understand and develop PR skills.

You will Learn

  • Why Personal Branding Matters in Turbulent Times 
  • Storytelling and Communication Strategies 
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Tips 
  • Nonverbal Communication Tips 
  • Inclusive Communication Tips 
  • How to Maximize Speaking Opportunities 
  • Hands-on Storytelling Practice and Debriefs 

Key Information

1. This class will be held March 19th from 9am to 12:30pm

2. Refreshments will be offered during class. 

3. If you are a member of the San Antonio Area Foundation, cost of this class is discounted 25%. Please reach out to [email protected] for coupon before registration. 

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    Affordable, high-quality workshops and certificate programs for nonprofit professionals in the areas of management, leadership, grant writing, fundraising, marketing and more.

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    Special training cohort opportunities focused on specific topics for nonprofit leaders.

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    Membership program with valuable resources and benefits. Contact Membership at [email protected]

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