The Tallulah Group
Patricia Andrews-Keenan is a PR and media relations thought leader who worked extensively as a corporate executive in the telecommunications industry before opening her strategic communications practice, the Tallulah Group in 2008. In her capacity as Regional Vice President of Communications for a telecommunications Fortune 500 company, Andrews-Keenan served as the chief communications lead with oversight of internal and external communications, media relations, public relations, community outreach, volunteerism programs, strategic relationships with non-profits, speechwriting, executive communications, presentations to external organizations and groups and oversaw executive’s membership on select civic and non-profit boards.
The Tallulah Group (named after her Louisiana hometown), embraces a mix of traditional and digital communications strategies to optimize her client’s message. Clients, including Luster Products, The Harlem Fine Art Fair (HFAS), African Festival of the Arts, Quad County Urban League (QCUL), Chicago State University, Urban Prep Academies, The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), The Digital Diversity Network (DDN) and the Cook County Bar Association, find Andrews-Keenan’s firm the go to for communications, media and public relations, digital media and executive positioning.
The firm has worked for corporate clients, political campaigns, institutions of higher learning and diversity and inclusion firms among others. Andrews-Keenan is a prolific writer/blogger and frequent contributor to local and national publications including Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine (BE) and the Chicago Defender.
Andrews-Keenan’s background encompasses stints as a journalist, PR manager, government affairs director, communications vice president and corporate affairs executive with top-drawer companies including Comcast, the Nielsen Company and AT&T.
Andrews-Keenan’s work has been recognized by the National Public Relations Society, the Association of Cable Communicators and the Black Public Relations Society among other industry groups. She has personally been recognized as a Chicago Defender Woman of Excellence and by the 100 Black Men of Chicago. She gives back through her work with the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC).
Our Team and Our Specialties
Deborah Crable is an award-winning career broadcast journalist who has transferred those skills to become a highly effective and sought after community engagement and media specialist with expertise in public relations, marketing and media production. She provides clients with image solutions, market penetration strategies and dynamic messages that enable clients to transform or enhance their evolving success profile. She most recently has developed and implemented campaigns for Whole Foods Market/Whole Cities Foundation, Teamwork Englewood/LISC, Liberty Tax-KD Smith & Associates and Beloved Community Family Wellness Center in Chicago.
Scope of Services
Ms. Crable provides clients with high ROI integrated marketing tools and strategies designed to scale your business, and raise your community engagement profile to new levels of success. Customized community engagement strategies deliver strong social responsibility positioning utilizing marketing vehicles that enrich customer/client connection. Insights and contacts acquired from her career broadcasting experience allow for optimum media communications management that includes: developing stories and press releases that get news coverage and creating advertising campaigns that effectively reach the general public or desired targeted populations via digital and traditional media. Stellar media training consultation services prepare clients to masterfully communicate with diverse audiences in any situation including a crisis.
Danata Andrews is a seasoned fundraising and event-planning professional with a background in marketing, public relations and project management for a variety of corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and private individuals. She brings a high level of professionalism to the events she produces, and is adept at planning, implementing and administering integrated communications programs that ensure events are produced on time and under budget.
Andrews manages events from start to finish including coordinating invitations, food and beverage services, travel, lodging and transportation; securing permits and entertainment, managing vendors, and conducting rehearsals when applicable. She utilizes her professional marketing background to impart flair and organization to large and small-scale events, including:
Corporate/Organization events (fundraisers, annual meetings, board retreats)
Galas (150+ guests)
Small conferences (100 attendees)
Bimkubwa serves as the Activation Marketing lead for the Tallulah Group. She focuses on brand marketing, sales and corporate sponsorships and oversees event management and lead generation, campaign marketing and client services. Her expertise is in executing activation events that provide clients with experiential consumer engagement. Bimkubwa has worked for national brands including Nissan, Comcast, American Express and Kimberly-Clark.
Phyliss North is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive experience in sales, revenue management, guest services, hotel operations and e-commerce. North was responsible for over 50 Million in topline revenues. North provides intelligent, creative, and sustainable financial solutions that increase small business productivity. Her services focus on accelerating business performance through financial management, revenue optimization, compliance, brand protection and security management.