NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kia Jarmon

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Kia Jarmon is an award-winning public relations and community engagement strategist for MEPR Agency, a company she founded in 2006.

With years of experience working on some of Nashville’s most notable initiatives, Jarmon is the leading community engagement strategist in Nashville, most known for her innovative and disruptive communication programs – translating grasstops campaigns into actionable, grassroots initiatives. In addition to community engagement, she is called on to provide a cultural lens for a wide range of communication programs. As a result of Jarmon’s commitment to the community and communications industry, she has been recognized by the Minority Business Center as the Minority Business of the Year, the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum as the “Woman to Watch”, and the Nashville Business Journal’s “Top Forty Under 40” and “Women of Influence”, among others.

With a heart for philanthropy and mentorship, Jarmon has successfully graduated more than 20 young women from the Mentorship Project, a program for aspiring PR professionals. Additionally, she recently led the launch of the MEPR Agency Innovation Fund, her company’s micro-business grant for small businesses.

Kia Jarmon is a highly sought-after speaker, known as kiss with a fist, bringing candid yet caring workshops, training, and facilitation within in the Southeast, leading conversations about intercultural communications, intentional storytelling and story listening, community building and engagement, nonprofit communications, and social and digital strategies. She is also a trained mediator and navigates the intersection between a conflict being resolved and how we communicate to ensure such an outcome.

In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Jarmon serves on the Metropolitan Beer Permit board and is a co-chair for the PRSA Nashville diversity committee. She is also a consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management.

For more information: www.mepragency.com or www.kiajarmon.com

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