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est. 2012

MDPR is a lifestyle, hospitality, fashion + beauty communications agency.

Our savvy approach to modern media enhances brands to connect to their audience. We specialize in public relations + press campaigns, social media, event planning, and influencer marketing. 

We don't subscribe to the typical 9 to 5 mentality. We thrive off of creativity, innovation + a lot of coffee. We are building brands, connecting consumers, establishing relationships + telling stories.  Original, thought-provoking content isn't an option. It's our standard. 

More importantly, we are creating brands that speak. Not through words, but through market presence. Our brands wear their heart on their sleeves. They are raw, soulful, contagious -

Something worth writing about.

 
 
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the founder

About Monika Dixon

With her entrepreneurial spirit, Monika Dixon started MDPR in 2012. Since then, the PR Maven's combination of traditional + digital relations has established her as an industry leader and applauded innovator. She has worked with and developed local and national visibility for brands in the beauty, fashion, product, non-profit and hospitality industries.

Monika's knowledge of the Chicago market is unparalleled. Her work has led to media placements in influential news outlets that range from Forbes and The New York Times. 

Monika currently serves on the 100 for 100 Board Alumni for Public Schools, Friends of Conservation, Chicago Children’s Choir, Bear Necessities, Karam Foundation, and was co-chair of River North Dance Chicago’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Monika received the 35 Under 35 recognition from the Chicago Scholars. She has been featured in CS Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Haute Living, Refinery29, Chicago Woman Magazine, FOX News, and Chicago Tribune Splash Magazine.

Loves: discovering antique shops, frothy cappuccinos, acai bowls, and Sunday mornings with her munchkins.

 

Meet the #Squad

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Kaitlyn McMahon

Senior Publicist + Content Creator

Kaitlyn heads MDPR's public relations initiatives and is our go-to girl for all things design. With a passion for writing and eye for developing personal aesthetics, Kaitlyn has a knack for bringing any brand to life. 

The Chicago native's love for writing began at an early age, collecting fashion magazines and fawning over the glossy pages. Over the years, that passion developed into a larger love of communication as she became fascinated with social media and public relations. 

A thoughtful design devotee and grammar guru, Kaitlyn works closely with editorial, digital design and public relations projects at MDPR. 

Loves: iced coffee with extra cream + sugar, happy hour laughs, #snailmail, and online shopping.

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Nicole Rakich

Social Media Director + Event Coordinator

Nicole leads the digital division, focused on social media strategy, content curation, community management, and brand engagement. A social prowess, Nicole's work provides consistent social growth, reach and ROI for MDPR clients.

The tech-savvy guru seamlessly navigates the traditional and new social media landscape by staying ahead of the trends. Nicole's proficiency goes beyond social media. She develops effective marketing plans that reflect the client's vision, improves overall brand presence, and manages digital relationships.

Loves: to-do lists,  fresh manicures, sour patch kids, sunny + 75 degree weather, and brunch mimosas.

 
 
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JV Studios

Videography + Photography

John and Vince Pinto are the wildly talented brother duo behind JV Studios - a creative studio specializing in video production, photography and design. Their close-knit team of visual storytellers has many unique skills to satisfy your creative needs. We believe in providing the best experience for our clients by simplifying the production process and maintaining a positive attitude on set.

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Marcin Cymmer

Photography

Marcin is the owner of Smart Pixel Photography, a Chicago-based studio specializing in commercial and advertising photography. The photographer's team delivers high quality digital work and, with attention to every pixel, will meet a client's highest expectations. From food photography and product shots, Marcin's team captures images that represent your brand.