Michelle Flowers Welch

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: Founder and Chairman;

Company: Flowers Communications Group;

Industry: Marketing & Advertising;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

Michelle Flowers Welch

Michelle Flowers Welch, is the founder and CEO of Flowers Communications Group, an independently-owned, multicultural communications agency based in Chicago since 1991. Ms. Flowers Welch says that when she got on the agency side of the business, she felt “at home” and she knew someday she would have her own company. Through motivation and drive, Flowers Welch turned her dream into a reality.

Work Experience

Ms. Flowers Welch is a 25 year veteran of the public relations business. She began her career in agency public relations at Golin/Harris Communications, one of the top PR firms in the country. She later pursued her desire to work in ethnic marketing at Burrell Communications Group and rose to senior vice president in three years.


She has received more than 100 industry awards for communications excellence, including: 

  • PR Week Hall of Fame 2021
  • Publicity Club of Chicago Gold and Silver Trumpet Awards
  • Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Awards
  • International Association of Business Communications Spectra Awards
  • Inside PR Magazine CIPRA Awards
  • PRWeek Multicultural Campaigns of the Year
  • 2017 PRSA Chicago Distinguished Senior Leader Award
  • Beautiful People Award, issued by Chicago Urban League
  • Cafe Mocha Salute Her Awards - 2017 Game Changer Award
  • Founders Award, issued by National Black Public Relations Society
  • King Legacy Award, issued by Boys and Girls Club
  • MAXX Award for Public Relations, issued by Target Market News
  • PR News Hall of Fame 2006
  • Phenomenal Woman Award from Black Women's Expo
  • Publicity Club of Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ten Outstanding Citizens, issued by Chicago Jaycees
  • Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women, issued by Dollars and Sense Magazine
  • Woman of the Year Award, issued by National Council of Negro Women
  • Women of Excellence Award, issued by Chicago Defender


Ms. Flowers Welch holds a Master’s Degree in Advertising from Northwestern University. She earned a Bachelor's Degree, English - Magna Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University.


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