Name: Michelle Gilbert
Title: Vice President, Public Relations, Comcast Cable Heartland Region
Career: I spent 9 years with a local PR agency (Marx Layne & Co.) learning the business from the ground up before being hired away by my client, Verizon Wireless. At Verizon, I developed and managed all media relations, social media, employee communications and community relations for a three-state region. After 14 years with Verizon, I moved over to Comcast. In my current role, I’m responsible for developing and overseeing all proactive and reactive strategic external communications initiatives for our three-state region. I have the privilege of leading a two-person team, and I strive every day to inspire them in their careers.
What You Should Know: I love the career that I’ve chosen and cannot imagine doing anything else. I would say that my strongest areas of expertise are media relations; relationship building; and managing people. My guiding principal is “don’t be afraid to fail; that’s how we succeed.”
Education: I graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a BA in Journalism.
AWC Focus: I think it’s important for any professional to continue her education, and I cannot think of a better way to keep learning than from my peers. I look forward to taking away best practices from other AWC members and hopefully sharing a few of my own.
Family and hometown – I have a wonderful husband; we’ve been married almost 18 years. Together, we’re raising two awesome daughters, ages 13 and 9. We also have two dogs. We live in Farmington Hills.
Interests – I love to shop for almost anything – even groceries. I love organizing things, especially in my home. I try to work out at least five times a week. I’m addicted to listening to books on Audible; it’s made me a better driver!
Causes/volunteer service –
- Board member, HAVEN, Oakland County’s domestic violence and sexual assault organization
- Board member, Public Relations Society of America, Detroit Chapter
- Comcast Young Professionals Network Employee Resource Group Champion
- Comcast Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member
- Detroit NAMIC Chapter Committee Member