CHICAGO (March 9, 2020) – In celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, Chicago’s largest female-owned, full-service marketing agency, Motion, today announced the winner of its inaugural 2021 Women of Impact award in a pre-recorded video event. Receiving this year’s distinguished honor is Wendy E. Parks, Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications at College of DuPage (COD).
Since joining COD in 2017, Parks has overseen strategic communication efforts, the News Bureau and Community Engagement, while spearheading executive communications for the Office of the President and a multitude of other key stakeholders. Under her leadership, the Office of Marketing and Communications earned several awards including honors from the international Telly Awards, the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations and the Illinois National School Public Relations Association.
“We are thrilled to bestow Wendy Parks with our first-ever Women of Impact award because of her direct and lasting impact on the careers of women in Chicago,” said Kimberly Eberl, Founder and CEO of Motion. “In her nearly four-year tenure at College of DuPage, Wendy has consistently demonstrated exceptional growth, impact and change and truly embodies the values consistent with the International Women’s Day mission. We look forward to continuing to recognize exceptionally talented Chicagoland women in the communications field with the Woman of Impact award for years to come.”
Over the years, several of Parks’ colleagues have praised her for her guidance and immeasurable influence she has had on their own careers. A testimonial from one woman read, “Wendy’s guidance and friendship have been invaluable as I’ve navigated rapid changes in my career. She is a constant source of encouragement and I am inspired by how she approaches every decision with immense respect for process, while understanding the dynamics of human nature balanced with corporate strategy.”
“I am extremely grateful to receive this prestigious honor as the 2021 Women of Impact award winner,” said Parks. “With the support of my family, friends and colleagues at College of DuPage, I am deeply humbled.”
In keeping with an International Women’s Day mission, Parks will receive a $1,000 donation from Motion. Parks, in conjunction with the COD financial aid department, will use that money to create a one-time scholarship that will be given to one female student.
The Women of Impact award was judged on three criteria: Quality and Clarity, Results and Depth of Impact. This year’s finalists included Niamh Welan-Reiter, Global Lead of Corporate Communications and Brand, Avanade and Virginia Develin, Co-CEO of Current Global. This annual award will continue in future years in honor of International Women’s Day. For more information on Motion, visit agencyinmotion.com.
Motion, a certified woman-owned business, is an integrated marketing communications agency with deep capabilities in the areas of Public Relations, Social Media, Content Development and Branding. Filled with talented creatives, brand designers, digital media experts, content development gurus, and social media enthusiasts, Motion focuses on delivering extraordinary brand experiences for clients across the healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing and B2B industries. For more information, visit www.agencyinmotion.com or contact Carie Pflug at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.565.0044 ext.1166.