Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. “Women In Business” Award

Award Vanessa Wakeman Nonprofit Leader

Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve. 

Roll Call!

Wondering what we’ve been up to these past few months? We’ve got some exciting new clients on the roster, and some juicy coverage we’ve secured that helps elevate their missions. Hit this link to read more about our recent impactful work for ROC United, Help for Children, Animal Farm Foundation and ChemoCars.

New Client Alert – Animal Farm Foundation

Animal Farm Foundation Inc

Meet Animal Farm Foundation (AFF), the newest addition to The Wakeman Agency client roster! Since the mid-1980’s, AFF has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations. Today they dedicate their resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. The Wakeman Agency will work with AFF to develop a Public Education Campaign. We are excited to create a new narrative around the concept that All Dogs Are Individuals. The campaign will correct misconceptions about the “pit bull” breed and highlight their strengths, as evidenced through the important work they are being trained to do, as high-level Law Enforcement detection and service assistance dogs.

New Client Alert – ChemoCars

media relations for Chemo Cars

We are thrilled to welcome new client ChemoCars to the Wakeman client roster. ChemoCars supports cancer patients by providing them with free, reliable access to transportation to cancer treatment. We will be working to create awareness for ChemoCars and their services as they endeavor, in order to take their services to the national stage.

Why You Really Want to Be a Thought Leader Now


If you’ve been reading my emails over the past couple of months, then you know how strongly I feel about helping to develop more women thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. But, the question I probably haven’t answered yet is why you really need to be a thought leader now. So here are 5 very simple yet persuasive reasons why you do, even if you don’t know it yet.

After Your Gala, Do You Take the Money and Run?

We The People PR Program

Gala season is in full swing here on the East Coast and many nonprofits are preparing for their special evening. For many organizations, the proceeds from that one event can be a major revenue stream. When we are assisting organizations with the planning and execution of their events, it’s our job to get them to think beyond that one evening.

We The People: Passion and Action Speaks Loudest

Logo The Wakeman Agency

A few years ago I attended a fundraiser hosted by a board member of a local nonprofit. I attended the gathering because the passion and mission shared by the board member really made me feel like it was something I would want to be a part of. There were about 30 people in attendance; the majority of us had no connection to the organization and were there to learn more about their work.

She Roars: How Much Space Do You Take Up?

She Roars

Last night I was on a crowded Metro-North train in New York City heading home. I was seated in a four seat section of the train and was directly across from a male commuter. Without realizing what I was doing, I jammed myself into the corner of my seat, taking up as little space as possible, assuming that he and whoever occupied the seat next to me would need all of the space.

Announcing: She Roars Training Programs

She Roars

You’ve read our She Roars emails, you’ve shared your thoughts, and you may have pledged your commitment to bringing your thought leadership to the world, and now, it all comes down to this: the moment when you decide whether to sit on the sidelines, or leap head first into building your Thought Leadership Platform. 

New Client Alert – National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

National Domestic Workers Alliance

We are pleased to announce that National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) has retained The Wakeman Agency to plan their 10th Anniversary gala this fall. Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice for domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are immigrant women and women of color.