Michelle O'Kennard, MHS
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Michelle O’Kennard serves as the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Gomez Partners. An established marketing and branding expert, Michelle brings 10+ years of entrepreneurship and business consulting experience to the DGP Team.
Michelle is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day marketing activities of Gomez Partners, ensuring the unique brand message and vision are communicated to the world.
A strategic content writer and storyteller, she offers both clients and candidates guidance to fill roles quickly and with ease. Michelle is a proud member of the media community and an inspiring public speaker and facilitator, focusing on the topics of branding, business, entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and women leaders.
A Chicago native, she is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and later earned her Master’s degree from Governors State University with a focus on Addiction Studies.
Michelle is a 40 Under 40 Honoree, presented by The Black Women’s Professional League, celebrating her entrepreneurial efforts and work. She is also a Phenomenal Woman Awardee, presented by The Chicago Black Women’s Expo, highlighting her career and commitment to the community. She shares this honor with past Phenomenal Woman Awardees that include Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Cicely Tyson.