Meredith Z. Avakian
A natural connector and storyteller, Meredith Z. Avakian uses her writing and speaking skills as an award-winning communications and public relations professional, experienced industry and community leader, adjunct professor and poet.
Prior to joining Boardwalk Public Relations as senior director, Meredith spent a dozen years of her career working for two prestigious organizations that were both ironically founded in 1802. First at DuPont, where she held a variety of positions ranging from the editor of the company’s daily, global online newsletter to the 24/7 on-the-ground spokesperson for eight chemical manufacturing plant sites in three states. Then, Meredith worked as director of communications and marketing at the Philadelphia Bar Association.
With a strong background in executive and leadership communications, issues and crisis management, media relations, employee engagement, public affairs and marketing, along with clients ranging from corporate to non-profit, Meredith has worked with a diverse cross-section of stakeholders. As vast as her experience, Meredith’s work has received notable recognition throughout her career.
Passionate about her profession, Meredith has been serving on the Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s Board of Governors for 13 years, including a term as president. She also spent the last two years as a board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as chair of the diversity and inclusion committee. Meredith also spent the last few years as a member of the National Association of Bar Executives, where she became a sought-after speaker for conferences throughout the country.
Her affinity for trade associations started at Temple University, where she served as the president of the school’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. A proud alumna, Meredith also enjoys her time as an adjunct professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication.
As giving back to her respective communities is important to Meredith, she helped to found the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Philadelphia Chapter, which she chaired for two years. She also helped to resurrect the annual Armenian Genocide Walk in Philadelphia and served as a committee member for three years.
In addition to serving her professional and ethnic communities, Meredith has been a volunteer with Turning Points for Children and chaired the communications committee for its annual Kids at Heart Gala.
Following her passion of writing, Meredith published two books of her own poetry and her poems have been published in a variety of outlets. Some of her other published creative works include commentary and feature articles, largely on the topic of humanity.