Dedra Owens is the President and Founder of DOT Communications with over 20 years of public relations and media relations experience in African American and urban markets. She began her career with Golin/Harris Communications, one of the nation’s foremost public relations firms. As Senior Account Executive, she worked on the McDonald’s account (a well-known international brand) and managed media requests, community affairs, new product development in the Washington DC area, and a variety of special events that focused on sports, arts, and education. After employment with Golan/Harris Communications, Ms. Owens managed consumer markets for UniWorld Group, Inc., a full-service multicultural agency. Following her time at UniWorld, Ms. Owens founded DOT Communications. Ms. Owens’ clients include some of the largest and most well-known Fortune 500 corporations, foundations, organizations, and government agencies in the United States, including the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Entergy Nuclear, BET Publications, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Kellogg Foundation, Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association, the Department of General Services, the Department of Employment Services, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Association of Black Engineers. Ms. Owens is a graduate of Howard University and a resident of Washington, DC. She previously served as President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society.