Named among PR News’ 2017 Rising Stars 30 & Under, Dionne brings cross-cultural communication expertise and a strong understanding of change communications and employee engagement to Fortune 500 companies in the public and private sectors.
Since joining Gagen MacDonald in 2014, Dionne has channeled her skills toward M&A initiatives for two leading Fortune 500 companies. Dionne and Gagen MacDonald’s partnership with a Fortune 500 science and engineering company, during the largest industrial merger in history, has earned the client and the firm over 10 awards in 2017 alone from organizations like PR Week, PRSA, IABC, and The Holmes Report / SABRE Awards. Serving as the account lead for a global pharmaceutical company, Dionne supported that organization’s plan to drive an employee engagement program, earning the effort a 2017 IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence.
She is currently an active board member of IABC Chicago. In 2014, she won first place in the Arthur W. Page Society’s Case Study Competition for her analysis of public relations and multi-cultural communications surrounding the Asiana Airlines crash.
In addition to her thought leadership, Dionne serves as a passionate advocate for the importance of mentorship. A regular guest speaker at DePaul University’s Public Relations and Advertising program, she has helped numerous students make valuable business connections with key industry players.
Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Dionne was Dean of Operations at Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in Chicago, responsible for internal and external communication for 600 students, parents, and staff, as well as managing operations.
During her undergraduate years at DePauw University, she studied abroad in Russia, China, and Egypt on a full scholarship and worked with the Student Resource Center to create promotional material for study abroad programs. Dionne is fluent in Russian. With her adaptable nature and her deep love for history, foreign language, and international travel, Dionne brings cultural awareness and sensitivity to Gagen MacDonald’s work.
Outside the office, Dionne supports an organization that encourages individual growth and cultivates relationships for undergraduate and graduate women as they transition into areas of higher education and/or other professional endeavors.
Dionne has an M.A. from DePaul University and a B.A. from DePauw University.