Shilpa Bakre

Communications Strategist
The University of Texas at Austin

I intrinsically and empathetically know the meaning of “humble beginnings” as a first generation Indian American. My parents emigrated here from India in the late 60’s to pursue their Masters degrees with little to nothing. After attaining their education, they spent their entire lives pursuing greatness through practiced integrity and equity. Having them as role models made me passionate about civic engagement, advocacy, and innovative sustainable growth. Thus, I have purposely pursued a career primarily within the nonprofit sector to further these interests and make a social impact. 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 career in marketing communications spans two decades. This tenure has afforded me exceptional opportunities: cultivating marketing and public relations endeavors for a prominent downtown 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); working as the Director of Media & Public Relations for a top-five U.S. Olympic sport at the young age of 23; orchestrating a celebrity product endorsement for international soccer player Pele; developing a complex public relations and marketing platform for a large downtown development project; and negotiating and securing multi-million dollar partnership contracts; and enhancing economic impact for the City of Austin through tourism & hospitality.

Currently, I am a part of University of Texas’ Communications Team and serve as the Communications Strategist in the President's Office. My hybrid role oversees crisis communications, issues management and media relations efforts. Most recently, I worked with the U.S. State Department to coordinate press efforts around Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson's visit to campus.

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