Personal Profile


Monique Wingard is a digital media professional, advocate of women and youth in STEAM, and founder of SAVVY Consulting & Communications, and The Civic Tech Collective. With 15 years of experience at the intersection of marketing, technology and government, Monique leverages the power of media as a catalyst for positive change across businesses, within communities and among America’s youth.  


Whether setting media strategies, creating messaging across digital platforms, or amplifying voices of change, Monique is a trusted partner with key organizational stakeholders. As a powerful communicator and people connector, she captures the attention of target audiences, facilitates engagement and promotes community building. She is driven to lead by example and encourage young women to confidently pursue their academic and professional aspirations.


In 2014 with the establishment of SAVVY Consulting & Communications, Monique began focusing on influencing customer perceptions and the portrayal of Black women in the media. She supports Black women in leadership at mid-sized and start-up companies across the private and public sectors by using digital marketing tools to improve their digital footprint. She has built campaigns, facilitated workshops, conducted website audits, and wrote news content for clients including WTTW-Chicago/PBS, YR Media, Blavity, the BOSS Network, SBA/SCORE Mentors, PBS, and WDB Marketing.


Prior to her current role, Monique served as the Marketing and Social Media Director at Computer Training Institute of Chicago and the Social Media Community Manager on McDonald’s first corporate digital team. At McDonald’s, she coordinated the strategic use of social media to engage customers before being recruited by the incubator, 1871 Chicago, where she managed their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. 

After that, she bolstered the digital media strategy of Urban Ministries Inc, which played an integral role in the organization's continued transformation and global sales. Her interest in community, government, and media began with early career opportunities at the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and the Washington DC Bureau of Tribune Broadcasting. 


In addition, Monique has spoken on panels for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the Startup Institute, University of Chicago, Black Women’s Expo and Design for America at Northwestern University. She also has significant on-the-air hosting experience with WOUB public radio.


Monique’s dedication to providing access to advancement opportunities for women and America’s youth are evident through her community involvement. She has served as an Assistant Troop Leader for St. John A.M.E. Church (Cleveland, OH), Board Member at Chi Hack Night, Colony 5, and The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Chicago Chapter.  Her work as the Community Outreach Lead for the Chicago Chapter of Black Girls Code has been profiled in the Chicago Defender, The Chicago Tribune, and on CNN. 


She received her M.A. in Media Management from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and B.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from Ohio State University as well as her M.S. in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently a doctoral student at the Cathy Hughes School of Communication at Howard University. 


Howard University

Washington, DC

- In Progress -

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Ph.D., Communication, Culture, and Media Studies. Concentration: Technology, Policy & Society. Graduate teaching assistant, active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).

M.A., Media Arts & Studies. Scholarship recipient, graduate teaching assistant, and active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Additionally hosted and produced weekend radio programming for WOUB-AM.

M.S.S.A., Social Science Administration. An active member of NCNW, Assistant Troop Leader for St. John A.M.E Girl Scout Troop, and completed required graduate study field placement at Big Brother's Big Sister's of Greater Cleveland.

B.A., Public Affairs Journalism. Served as a staff writer for the Lantern, Production Intern at the Washington, D.C. Bureau of Tribune Broadcasting, and a Page for the Ohio House of Representatives.

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