Meet Bernadette A. Morris – President/CEO Sonshine Communications
Bernadette A. Morris is the consummate leader and a successful business owner. A devout Christian, wife, mother, and successful corporate executive, Bernadette is passionate about making the difference of a lifetime for her family, her creative team, and her clients nationwide.
Bernadette is the founder and chairman of Sonshine Communications, a full service public relations, marketing and advertising agency. Incorporated in 1993, the firm is one of the largest and most successful Black-owned PR agencies in America. Sonshine has a creative team of professional writers, talented graphic and multimedia designers, savvy media buyers and top- notch marketing experts. Sonshine is federally certified and is the recipient of the federal government’s much-coveted Multiple Service Award Schedule in Marketing and Media Services.
Sonshine is also a certified minority vendor with numerous state, county and city entities. The firm represents a cadre of clients nationwide including: the American Legacy Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Baptist Health South Florida, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Health, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, the City of Miami Gardens, the National Environmental Education Foundation, The Miami Foundation, and the U.S. Commerce-NOAA, to name a few.
Black PR Wire is a premier news distribution company for Black media in the United States and the Caribbean. BPRW has an extensive and impressive list of over 1,500 Black-owned media, media executives, community leaders, organizations and journalists. Black PR Wire delivers its clients’ press releases, video and audio releases, and electronic messages to key Black reporters, writers, and influential grassroots, social and civic community leaders throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Clients include Walmart, Business Wire, L’Oreal, Aspire TV, Honda, Tavis Smiley, and a host of others.
Women Grow Strong is Bernadette’s third business and her first non-profit. WINGS, short for Women in Need Growing Strong, develop training and empowerment programs for women. The seminars and sessions, funded in part by private corporations and grant funds, focus on topics ranging from self-esteem to fitness and finance. Over 750 women have participated in the organization’s programs and services.
Morris holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Florida. Prior to starting the firm, she served as Division Director/Associate Dean of Public Affairs at Miami-Dade College. She has also enjoyed a successful career in broadcast journalism where she was a publicist for PBS/NPR and a producer of children’s programs. Bernadette is committed to community support and ministry projects.
She serves as a mentor to various women in the ministry, volunteers on multiple councils and committees, and is a member of numerous local, state and national organizations. Bernadette is married to Colin Morris. Together, they have two young adults, Rebecca, an Executive Manager with Bloomingdale’s; and Stephen, a professional football player in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
Bernadette’s corporate office is located in Miami, FL. For more information on Bernadette or her companies, please call (305) 948-8063 or visit the websites at www.sonshine.com, www.blackprwire.com, or www.womengrowstrong.com
If you are in South Florida and would like to join us, be sure and visit our Golden Mouse Awards Registration to learn more about the event taking place October 28, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale – honoring 16 (sixteen) women from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties for all they have done for and in their respective industries and their community.WECAI HOME