Thank you T.E.W. hosts!

Thank you T.E.W. hosts!

This weekend marks the launch of the T.E.W book! We proudly welcome Shawn and Brian as our hosts of the launch event.  Read a little about them below!


T. Shawn Taylor is president of Treetop Consulting, a media consulting, research and communications company based in Chicago, Illinois. Shawn founded Treetop in 2006 following a career as a full-time print and broadcast media professional, including a 15-year stint as an editor, courts reporter, business and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune. Her articles and commentaries have also appeared in Essence, Edutopia, Sky, Business 2.0 and Consumer Reports magazines; on New Equity, Afro-netizen and The; and on “NextTV: Change You Can See,” the Chicago Urban League’s Emmy-award winning reality television program on FOX Chicago.

Shawn, a former restaurateur, is a member of the Associate Board of the Chicago Sinfonietta and has served on the board of the Alliance for Women in Media Chicago chapter.




Brian Tomkins is the founder of a Chicago based Marketing & PR amplification firm specializing in celebrity-driven corporate event promotions & securing sponsorships across the U.S. He’s also the CEO of an online marketing firm that provides web design, and on-going integrated social media campaigns. Brian has been a frequent speaker and media guest where he discusses the latest trends in media as they apply to business, politics and events. In 2012, Brian served as the Tournament Director for Medinah Patriot Day which raised over 100K to assist Illinois military families through the Illinois Patriot Education Fund.

During a brief stint in San Diego, Tomkins was a regular TV contributor on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego,” hosted the radio program “The Social Media Nation” and was a regular on KCBQ radio. In Chicago, Brian has been regularly published in the Herald News Business Ledger and has recently appeared on CBS Chicago. In 2010 he was featured in the book, “Go Givers Sell More” co-authored by best-selling authors Bob Burg and John David Mann. He has successfully helped authors, businesses, entertainers, organizations, and politicians maximize the effectiveness of their media campaigns across the country. He received his B.A. from Lindenwood University and his M.A. from Governor’s State University. Website: Email: Twitter:


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