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Renee Sacks, Ph.D.

Industry Expert; President & CEO, Sacks Communications

Renee Sacks, Ph.D. is president and founder of Sacks Communications, Inc., an integrated corporate communications and marketing firm, with expertise in construction, infrastructure and transportation and related markets.  For the past 35 years, Renee Sacks has applied an integrated marketing approach to resolve her clients' challenges. A respected business consultant and communications specialist, she has developed numerous signature programs—corporate identity, public relations, strategic marketing, professional education and crisis communications—all focused on strengthening her clients' market position and increasing their ability to build their business through better communications.

Dr. Sacks is an active consultant and provides strategic business advisory and implementation services to government agencies, large private sector clients and non-profits.  An avid writer, In 2011, she launched a new publication, Diversity Agenda, to create news and information resources and event experiences for small businesses.  She previously produced over 60 publications under a new brand she developed for McGraw Hill Construction, Navigating Opportunities:  Business Information for Construction Professional. 

Through her firm, Dr. Sacks has developed conferences and events and select publications as a strategic business development tool for her clients. She has also developed new events and programs for the City University of New York and Columbia University. For the past decade, she has produced the largest conference for minority and women businesses in the country for New York State.  A passionate advocated for women and minorities, Dr. Sacks serves as Executive Director of the Women Builders Council, Inc., a leading advocacy organization.

Dr. Sacks is a former University Professor and educator. She was an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University for three years and then left to head the Communications, Film and Technology Department at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. At NYU, she administered a program of 250 courses and oversaw 100 faculty members serving 5000 students.

Dr. Sacks holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University, where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English  and Journalism and Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics. Her dissertation focus on a comparative analysis of written and oral language  has mapped a research agenda for how professionals  communicate in different contexts and energized her interest in better understanding and assisting professionals communicate more effectively.