Monique Kelley

Associate Professor of the Practice, College of Communication

Monique Kelley, associate professor of the practice – strategic communication, and faculty advisor for BU’s PRSSA, is a purpose-driven strategic communications professional with 20+ years of experience spanning across three sectors: corporate, agency and academia. She is a Founding Member of CHIEF (Boston), a community connecting and supporting women executive leaders and a recipient of PRNEWS’ Top Women in PR Award (2019).

She currently owns her own consultancy, Monique Kelley Consulting. Prior to that, Monique served on the Senior Leadership Team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, overseeing internal and external communications for the U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit, Commercial Operations team and Chief Operations Officer. She infuses industry best practices and a customer-centric mindset from her time as a client experience leader on the PR agency side with Weber Shandwick. During her agency career, Monique partnered with several global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that provide treatments for serious medical conditions in various categories, including Eli Lilly and Company, Daiichi Sankyo, Pfizer, Eisai, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Cubist Pharmaceuticals/Merck & Co., Charles River Laboratories and Bayer HealthCare.

Monique is the recipient of several awards for work that she contributed to, including a Gold Telly Award, PRSA Bronze Anvil Award and Silver Bulldog PR Award. She serves as a reoccurring judge for several industry awards, including for PRNEWS and the PR Club of New England. Monique also served as a speaker for several industry conferences, including BIO International, PRSA Health Academy’s Conference and the PR Advanced Regional Conference. She previously served for two years on PRSA Boston’s Board of Directors (2019, 2020). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication from BU’s COM (2003) and served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Track Team.