Language of Diversity Webinar

Please join our very own Vanessa Wakeman as she chats with Tina McCorkindale, President of the Institute for Public Relations, concerning the groundbreaking, jointly released report entitled “Language of Diversity.” The online chat will occur on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 1 pm Eastern Time. The first-of-its-kind report examines how nearly 400 communications professionals perceive … Read more

New Clients Announcement

Wakeman New Clients - October 2021

We always strive to work with clients seeking to provide the most innovative solutions to today’s most pressing issues. For that reason, we are excited to add Echoing Green, Interledger Foundation, Scratch Foundation and Choose Healthy Life to our client roster.

Help For Children


Help for Children (HFC) retained The Wakeman Agency to increase awareness of the nonprofit’s work providing grants to the most effective child abuse prevention and treatment programs in six countries. The organization had received little press and was not widely recognized in spite of their distribution of more than $51 million in grants in 20 years.

UCLA Civil Rights Project

Media relations for the UCLA Civil Rights Project

Driving the narrative on segregation in NYC schools. UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) released a groundbreaking report entitled, “New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction, and a Damaged Future.” This study explores trends in enrollment and school segregation patterns at the state and regional levels, including the New York City metropolitan area. … Read more

Vanessa Wakeman recognized as PR Innovator by PRovoke Media

Provoke Media - innovator 25-2021

Founder and CEO of The Wakeman Agency, Vanessa Wakeman, has been named to Provoke Media’s Innovator 25 of 2021. Innovation and disruption have been at the core of our work at the agency for almost two decades. Acknowledgment of Vanessa on this list reflects her ever-evolving vision for the practice of public relations and how it can help to accelerate progress on important social issues.

Alliance of Families for Justice

Alliance of Families For Justice Banner in green

In early 2020, the emergence of the COVID crisis presented a critical moment for raising awareness of criminal justice reform and the personal experiences of incarcerated individuals and their families. The Alliance of Families for Justice, an advocacy group of-and-for the families of incarcerated New Yorkers and their loved ones, wanted to amplify key voices … Read more

Animal Farm Foundation

Animal Farm Foundation banner in red

CREATING ORGANIZATIONAL THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AT THE FOREFRONT OF ADVOCACY. The Wakeman Agency partnered with Animal Farm Foundation on its efforts to address breed restriction laws and practices that hinder access to housing and disability service resources for their human companions. We knew that their goal to revise policies meant they needed to develop their organizational … Read more

Case Study: Transitioning An Annual In-Person Event to A Virtual Event In 8 Weeks

2020 HIP Virtual Leadership Summit

Hispanics in Philanthropy 2020 Leadership Conference At-A-Glance Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hispanics in Philanthropy was forced to cancel their annual in-person 2020 HIP Leadership Summit. With the clock running, The Wakeman Agency enabled the organization to pivot to a virtual conference, planning and executing an event that deeply reflected the spirit of the organization … Read more

Global Press Visionary, Cristi Hegranes, on the Need for Consequence Driven Reporting

Podcast Cristi Hegranes- The Aftermarth of Crises- The Next Normal

In this episode, Global Press Founder, Cristi Hegranes, shines a powerful light on solutions to institutional, ingrained problems that underly today’s news media. She outlines key differences between action driven reporting and its more informative, impactful alternative: consequence driven reporting. Learn why trained local journalists, equipped to provide precise narratives that accurately inform listeners, represent a pathway to truly educating people in a non biased way, about important global issues.