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Brownstone PR Communications with cultural competency. We create and implement marketing and communications strategies that help institutions connect with new and existing audiences across all mediums.

Get to know us. Brownstone is a woman-owned PR agency with equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our approach to marketing and communications. We work at the intersection of media and public relations, digital and social media, and community and stakeholder engagement, and align efforts to effectively influence consumer decisions, engage communities, and empower your target audience to a

Get to know us. Brownstone is a woman-owned PR agency with equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our approach to marketing and communications. We work at the intersection of media and public relations, digital and social media, and community and stakeholder engagement, and align efforts to effectively influence consumer decisions, engage communities, and empower your target audience to a

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How do jobs, wages and opportunities in Philly compare to other big cities and the overall U.S. economy?  Chamber of Com...
05/11/2022

How do jobs, wages and opportunities in Philly compare to other big cities and the overall U.S. economy?

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is tracking the region’s economic health & vitality with the Inclusive Growth Dashboard ➡️ chamberphl.com/recharge/recovery-metrics

“It’s nice to know when you’re setting up a business in this area that there’s an organization like The North Broad Rena...
05/02/2022
Why Philadelphia’s Next Great Business District Lies on North Broad Street

“It’s nice to know when you’re setting up a business in this area that there’s an organization like The North Broad Renaissance that really cares about its businesses. They want you to do more than just survive — they want you to thrive," via Philadelphia Magazine

North Broad Renaissance is working to help the North Broad Street corridor reach its full potential as a Philadelphia hotspot.

On behalf of The North Broad Renaissance Board Member Megan Smith, we're proud to support such an inspiring organization...
05/01/2022

On behalf of The North Broad Renaissance Board Member Megan Smith, we're proud to support such an inspiring organization. Together with the North Broad Renaissance we are working to continue vitalizing the community, create opportunities, and improve the economic power and overall quality of life along North Broad Street.

#lightsofnorthbroad

“It is part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint... We are very interested in partnering with others in th...
04/19/2022
PECO to add 1,550 trees to Philadelphia’s urban canopy

“It is part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint... We are very interested in partnering with others in the community to support initiatives that are related to having a cleaner environment.” - PECO

The energy company’s ReLeaf program will plant a new tree for every tree removed for electrical maintenance.

“It is part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint... We are very interested in partnering with others in th...
04/19/2022
PECO to add 1,550 trees to Philadelphia’s urban canopy

“It is part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint... We are very interested in partnering with others in the community to support initiatives that are related to having a cleaner environment.” - PECO

The energy company’s ReLeaf program will plant a new tree for every tree removed for electrical maintenance.

This morning, PECO, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), formally launched ReLeaf, a progra...
04/19/2022

This morning, PECO, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), formally launched ReLeaf, a program centered around the company’s increased investment in tree planting and education across the Greater Philadelphia region. ReLeaf is designed to expand the region’s urban tree canopy and, ultimately, achieve the program’s projected goal of planting one tree for every tree removed as part of electric reliability maintenance.

Anchoring ReLeaf and this increased investment in tree planting is PECO’s ongoing partnership with PHS. As part of an event held today at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, Romona Riscoe Benson, Director of Corporate and Community Impact at PECO presented a $200,000 donation to PHS, doubling the company’s annual investment and providing increased resources for the organization’s tree programming.

Chatting with FOX 29 about #Quitline and Get Healthy Philly’s efforts for a Smoke Free Philly!
04/13/2022

Chatting with FOX 29 about #Quitline and Get Healthy Philly’s efforts for a Smoke Free Philly!

Next  School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. Watlington chats with 6abc Action News about his holistic appro...
04/12/2022
Incoming Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington, Sr. outlines his plans for Philadelphia Schools

Next School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. Watlington chats with 6abc Action News about his holistic approach to schooling, including parents and community. Plus, how he will deal with unions coming from a 'right to work' state, and how his humble beginnings as a school bus driver and custodian have shaped his view of education.

Dr. Watlington talks of his holistic approach to schooling, including parents and community, how he will deal with unions coming from a 'right to work state, and how his humble beginnings as a school bus driver and custodian have shaped his view of education.

It's "Your Life, Your Quit." We're looking forward to connecting with more communities across Philadelphia with Get Heal...
04/10/2022

It's "Your Life, Your Quit." We're looking forward to connecting with more communities across Philadelphia with Get Healthy Philly's Quitline campaign. 1-800-QUIT-NOW for a Smoke Free Philly!

☑️ 52 stakeholders engaged☑️ 48 listening sessions☑️ 12 public round tables☑️ 3 public town halls☑️ 140+ media placement...
04/04/2022

☑️ 52 stakeholders engaged
☑️ 48 listening sessions
☑️ 12 public round tables
☑️ 3 public town halls
☑️ 140+ media placements

Hats off to our Brownstone PR team for leading an inclusive community outreach and strategic communications effort on behalf of the Board of Education! And welcome, Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D., the next Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

04/04/2022

On Friday, April 1, PECO joined the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) to formally launch the Gas Training Lab in Philadelphia’s Kensington community. Check it out.

"From custodian and bus driver to teacher and principal, Watlington has served nearly every level of education." #PHLEd
04/01/2022
Philadelphia School District selects Tony Watlington as next superintendent

"From custodian and bus driver to teacher and principal, Watlington has served nearly every level of education." #PHLEd

After a national search, Tony Watlington has been chosen to replace William Hite as Philadelphia’s next schools superintendent. All three finalists identified by the board are outsiders with no ties to Philadelphia.

7 months48 listening sessions 12 public round tables3 town hallsand 67+ media pieces later... Welcome Tony B. Watlington...
04/01/2022

7 months
48 listening sessions
12 public round tables
3 town halls
and 67+ media pieces later...

Welcome Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D., the next Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. #PHLEd

“We recognize that health outcomes are impacted by many factors, from jobs and income levels to underlying health condit...
03/24/2022
Groups partner to address health equity in Philadelphia

“We recognize that health outcomes are impacted by many factors, from jobs and income levels to underlying health conditions, food security, and housing. This initiative allows us to build on readily available data, optimize and focus collective stakeholder resources, and drive change on a wider scale."

A group of Philadelphia organizations have collaborated to launch Accelerate Health Equity to combat systemic racism and barriers in health care.

On the heels of three back-to-back public meetings with the three finalists for Philadelphia School District Superintend...
03/23/2022
The State of Philadelphia Schools - Inside Story, March 20, 2022

On the heels of three back-to-back public meetings with the three finalists for Philadelphia School District Superintendent, 6abc's Brian Taff speaks with Joyce Wilkerson - President, Philadelphia Board of Education - on how they whittled 400 candidates down to these three...and why the board chose them specifically.

https://6abc.com/inside-story-action-news-philadelphia-schools-joyce-wilkerson/11661586/

Who is going to be the next Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District and how has the board been running its search? And why is the Philadelphia School District changing school hours? Hear from Joyce Wilkerson, the President of the Board of Education on the state of Philadelphia Schools - t...

Last week, Independence Blue Cross announced their participation alongside community leaders in #AccelerateHealthEquity,...
03/20/2022

Last week, Independence Blue Cross announced their participation alongside community leaders in #AccelerateHealthEquity, an initiative designed to examine the barriers to health equity and spark positive change in health outcomes in Philadelphia. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3qlHrJG

Great coverage from CBS Philly. Philly, it's time to meet the Superintendent Candidates! https://philadelphia.cbslocal.c...
03/11/2022
FIRST ON 3: Philadelphia Board Of Education Announces Names Of 3 Finalists For District's Next Superintendent

Great coverage from CBS Philly.

Philly, it's time to meet the Superintendent Candidates! https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2022/03/11/john-daviskrish-mohip-tony-watlington-philadelphia-school-district-superintendent-3-finalists/

After months of an extensive nationwide search, the Philadelphia Board of Education has whittled the list down to the final three candidates for superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

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02/22/2022

Timeline photos

🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨

Friends and partners, join us in welcoming Mike Banks as the new Executive Director of The Promise 👏🏾👏🏾

Powered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and with the support of City of Philadelphia and community partners, #ThePromisePHL is the LARGEST cross-sector coalition aiming to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty by 2025.

With Mike at the forefront, there’s no better time than now, for you to join us in this crucial mission. Together, we can foster stability for those in financial crisis. Together, we can advance access to jobs and opportunities. Together, we can build a future where all individuals thrive.

02/07/2022

Creating an environment for small businesses to learn how to be successful is essential to Philadelphia's crucial small business network, says Anthony Tyrone Howard of ATH ARTS. This includes mentorship opportunities, educational resources, and outreach.

💡 Learn how #BuiltbyPhilly is working to cultivate this system of resources for small business owners at BuiltbyPhilly.org

✍ 750 people applied🧑🏽 118 were Interviewed 💪🏽 18 were accepted w. a 94% diversity rate  Congratulations to the first gr...
01/27/2022

✍ 750 people applied
🧑🏽 118 were Interviewed
💪🏽 18 were accepted w. a 94% diversity rate

Congratulations to the first graduating class of PECO's Helper Program - a 13-week rotational program is specifically targeted to job seekers from underserved communities with the goal of removing barriers to entry in the utility industry & equipping work ready adults to excel.

What happens when you bring…  ✔️ Journalists and podcasters✔️ Bloggers and business leaders✔️ Chefs and culinary masterm...
01/24/2022

What happens when you bring…

✔️ Journalists and podcasters
✔️ Bloggers and business leaders
✔️ Chefs and culinary masterminds
✔️ Entrepreneurs and activists

…together to amplify a movement to move 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty? Here’s The Promise PHL answer ➡️ https://bit.ly/3AoCBPw

01/03/2022

#BuiltByPhilly from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is here to ensure BIPOC small business owners and entrepreneurs have access to the tools needed to connect, grow, and succeed in their environment.

Learn more ➡️ BuiltbyPhilly.org.

#UnitedWay #LiveUnited #Entrepreneurs #Entrepreneurship #BIPOC #SmallBusiness #SmallBiz #AmplifyPhilly #SocialChange #TakeAction #Philanthropy

Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the ten largest cities in the U.S.⁠⁠The Promise PHL is working to change...
12/28/2021

Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the ten largest cities in the U.S.⁠

The Promise PHL is working to change that. Powered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, #ThePromisePHL is a city-wide movement focused on lifting 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty by 2025.⁠

Fulfill The Promise and sign the pledge ➡️ wethepromise.org

In case you missed it ➡️ In honor of Veterans Day, PECO  team members and veterans participated in a panel discussion ab...
11/15/2021
PECO - Veterans Day - Video 2

In case you missed it ➡️ In honor of Veterans Day, PECO team members and veterans participated in a panel discussion about their individual experiences while serving our country. Check it out.

This is "PECO - Veterans Day - Video 2" by Vault Communications on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

#FlasbackFriday to the Philadelphia 76ers home opener in October. Fans in attendance received an Opening Night t-shirt, ...
11/12/2021

#FlasbackFriday to the Philadelphia 76ers home opener in October. Fans in attendance received an Opening Night t-shirt, courtesy of Independence Blue Cross. #Regram

“People have said that they want someone who’s a visionary, someone who has the personality that is able to engage with ...
11/01/2021
Philly school board listening to what people think makes up a new superintendent

“People have said that they want someone who’s a visionary, someone who has the personality that is able to engage with communities, in particular, to really get to know the parents, the whole system,” Egea-Hinton said.

The listening session at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church was the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on Superintendent William Hite’s replacement.

“I was never a college person. College was never for me,” he said. “This is a dream-changer. You can only go further wit...
10/12/2021
PECO pre-apprenticeship program gives some Philly residents a chance at jobs

“I was never a college person. College was never for me,” he said. “This is a dream-changer. You can only go further with success from this company.”

👏🏾👏🏾 to client PECO on their Helper Pool Program.

Twenty-three Philly residents are participating in the pre-apprenticeship program, which PECO bills as a way to provide communities it serves with a path to family-sustaining jobs.

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Brownstone PR is a creative agency specializing in integrated communications strategies for clients in the sectors of technology, energy, banking/finance, law/legal services, education, public health, and hospitality/tourism. With a high focus on strategic partnerships and establishing key relationships, we create cohesive communications efforts that effectively communicate the mission, goals and objectives of mid- to large-sized businesses, major brands, and community organizations, to their target audiences. We are a team of innovators and creatives, with a few eager, future leaders (also known as interns), and a roster of 32 clients across the Greater Philadelphia region, Washington, DC and New York. Get to know us.

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Meet Megan Smith, founder of Brownstone PR in #Philadelphia. Smith is also a Co-Founder of Better Civics, a non-partisan non-profit that revolutionizes civic engagement and voter turnout. #PAProud #EPIC #WomensHistoryMonth #PR #Civics #Leader
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It's WOW Wednesday! We're excited to introduce you to the amazing and diverse Women of Walnut (or WOWs, as we like to call ourselves), who inspire us every day. Member Spotlight: Megan Smith, Founder, Brownstone PR Megan is the founder of Brownstone PR, a Philadelphia-based media relations, digital + social media implementation and community relations firm, specializing in creating integrated communications strategies for clients in the sectors of technology, economic development, education, public health, and hospitality/tourism. Her clients include the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, PECO, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, PGW, The Food Trust, the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Barnes Foundation, and more. At the end of 2018, Megan became Vice President of She Can Win PAC, a political action committee focused on getting black women elected to higher office in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth of PA. In her role, Megan assists with strategic partnership and development, fundraising and PAC growth into other regions. Among her many awards and recognitions, Megan has recently been selected as a "40 Under 40" honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 2019. In 2017, she received the "Gamechanger" Award from Philadelphia OIC and, in 2016, was honored by Billy Penn as one of 17 "Entrepreneurs to Watch," as well as was selected to be a member of Forbes’ Advisory Council on Media. Q. Best advice you’ve ever received? "One thing my dad always reminds me to do is to live a life that baby Megan would be envious of and future Megan will boast about." Q. What is your favorite quote? "'Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.' - Zora Neale Hurston” Q. Describe yourself in three words. "Pants. Are. Cumbersome." Q. Please tell us what drew you to join The Walnut Club. "Smart women talking smart things over lunch, brunch, and potlucks? Count me in!" #gettoknowus #inspiring #womenofwalnut #wowwednesday #makeadifference
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Need a few cool spots to hunker down and get some work done? Megan R. Smith, founder of our neighbor Brownstone PR, gave us an inside look at her favorite coffee spots in the area. ☕️
Congrats to Founder Megan R. Smith! She's on our list of young Philly entrepreneurs to watch
A Happy 9th Anniversary to my friend and client Megan Smith and her team at Brownstone PR! May you have many more successful years doing the wonderful things you do! Cheers to you :)
We asked our agency executives to discuss the critical elements no award submission should be turned in without. Forbes Coaches contributors: Bernadette Coleman, Advice Interactive Group; Kristopher B. Jones, LSEO; Abbi Whitaker, The Abbi Agency; Megan Smith, Brownstone PR; Jenna Gross, Moving Targets; Andrew Howlett, Rain Agency; Lindsay Mullen, Prosper Strategies; Ayelet Noff, Blonde 2.0.
What is one thing I can do to get my customers/clients actively reading my business blog? Answers by: Peter Daisyme, Invoicing; Kelly Azevedo, Systems Engineer, She's Got Systems; Syed Balkhi, OptinMonster; Brennan White, Cortex; Jyot Singh, RTS Labs; Jeff Rohr, SquareOffs; Doreen Bloch, Poshly; Megan Smith, Brownstone PR; Brett Farmiloe, Markitors; Jared Brown, Hubstaff.
In today’s digital world, it can often be difficult to unplug and unwind with a book. But by doing so, you’ll not only get the chance to learn something new — it may spark your next creative idea or breakthrough in your business. Tips by Forbes Agency Council members: Lindsay Mullen, Prosper Strategies; Michael Mogill, Crisp Video Group; Joel Kelly, VERB Interactive Inc.; Andrew Howlett, Rain Agency; Brandon Stapper, 858 Graphics; Alex Frias, Track Marketing Group; Megan Smith, Brownstone PR.
In today’s digital world, it can often be difficult to unplug and unwind with a book. But by doing so, you’ll not only get the chance to learn something new — it may spark your next creative idea or breakthrough in your business. Tips by Forbes Agency Council members: Lindsay Mullen, Prosper Strategiesategies; Michael Mogill, Crisp Video Group; Joel Kelly, VERB Interactive Inc.; Andrew Howlett, Rain; Brandon Stapper, 858 Graphics; Alex Frias, Track Marketing Group; Megan Smith, Brownstone PR.