Kia Jarmon is an award-winning entrepreneur and communications strategist, who founded MEPR Agency in 2006. At the core, she is a communicator and culture shifter, guiding organizations through incremental changes that result in massive impact, without business interruption. She is most known for her innovative and disruptive communication programs - translating grasstops initiatives into actionable, grassroots campaigns. Embedded in that work is Jarmon’s ability to help an organization connect with stakeholders, including those that are sometimes dismissed as being too difficult to reach or easy to neglect, with the development of internal processes that lead to external trust, mutual investment, and shared power.
She is a highly sought after professional speaker and trainer throughout the Southeast on a variety of topics related to internal and external communications; intercultural, inclusive, and equitable communications programming; crisis communications and business interruption planning; community engagement that leads to community investment; as well as more tactile subjects like social media strategy and implementation, and story capturing and storytelling.
Jarmon has been awarded the Susan Short Jones Economic Development Emerging Leader presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville Chapter, Minority Business of the Year by the Minority Business Center, the “Woman to Watch” by the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum, and Nashville Business Journal’s “Top Forty Under 40” and “Women of Influence”, among others
Jarmon is a consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management and has recently launched the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institute with CNM to provide capacity building support for nonprofits led by individuals of color. Additionally, she serves on the Metropolitan Beer Permit Board, the Metro Human Relations Support Fund Advisory Board, and the diversity co-chair for the Nashville Chapter of Public Relations Society of America.