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Shilpa Bakre

Senior Director, Issues & Reputation Management
Carnegie Mellon University

As a first-generation Indian American, I intrinsically and empathetically know the meaning of “humble beginnings." I am skilled in all facets of communications and pride myself on continually working to further develop both my intelligence quotient (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ).

My overall career spans more than twenty-five years. This tenure has afforded me exceptional opportunities: beginning my career as the Director of Media & Public Relations for a top-five U.S. Olympic sport at the age of 23; being hired as the first communications director for Communities in Schools; cultivating marketing and public relations endeavors for a prominent downtown Austin contemporary arts museum; managing elaborate communications efforts for four consecutive Olympic Games (the culmination of these efforts was winning an Emmy for my role as an associate producer/writer for NBC), and serving as a lead spokesperson in every role all along the way.

I am a two-time UT Austin graduate earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and my Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School.

I am passionate about diversity and inclusivity, and in addition to English, speak the following languages: Spanish, Marathi, and the national language of India – Hindi.

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