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MDC Marketing Group

Marketing that solves problems


About Us

Michelle's personal mission is   "to ensure that great brands, no matter how large or small, achieve the awareness and support they need to thrive and to positively impact people."
Michelle’s personal mission is “to ensure that great brands, no matter how large or small, achieve the awareness and support they need to thrive and to positively impact people.”

Guided by experience, data, and intuition

MDC is a strategic marketing and communications firm focused on ensuring that businesses, government entities, and non-profit organizations thrive. Led by Michelle D. Connley-Gore, a marketing expert with 17 years of experience in the areas of marketing strategy, communications planning, brand identity, advertising, graphic design process management, ethnic-targeted marketing, community relations, and event design & management.

Michelle earned her chops at global ad agency Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago on the U.S. Army national advertising business. Michelle then went on to hone her skills at national agency, Carol H. Williams Advertising, working on the General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Coca-Cola accounts. Working in the areas of account management and event management, and having a heavy hand in TV & print production, media planning, public relations strategy, and new business pursuits, Michelle has the business acumen and truly understands the creative process from start to finish. 

Following her advertising career, Michelle decided to pursue her passion for supporting underserved communities of color by taking a national brand management role at the KIPP Foundation, working in both their Chicago and San Francisco offices. As the Senior Marketing Communications Manager at KIPP, she led the work in creating KIPP's brand guidelines, national messaging, annual Report Card, affiliate branding and collateral materials, and collaborated across KIPP's 30+ regions to provide guidance and tools to hundreds of staff who now serve 80,000 students nationwide.

Michelle holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has also participated in Columbia Business School's Executive Education program "Developing Leaders for Nonprofit Professionals." To learn more about Michelle's resume and references, see her LinkedIn profile.


MDC takes a personal interest in each of our clients' brands. We approach each client's work with a clean slate, understanding that each client and every project is different. We aim to deeply understand our clients' needs and goals as well as their target audiences. We work at the pace that is comfortable for each client. We use information from our clients, market data and insights, as well as our experience to guide us in our recommendations and execution strategies. Ultimately, we aim for every client to be satisfied and successful in meeting their goals.


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Click here to read an article from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce spotlighting MDC as a growing local business.

Our Services


Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Marketing & Brand Strategy

    • Logo, brand narrative & brand identity development

    • Brand identity workshops for teams

    • Strategic marketing & communications planning

    • Brand audits to review an entire communications portfolio

  • Copywriting & Message Platform Development

    • Copywriting and editing for ads, one-pagers, brochures, annual reports, websites, etc.

    • Messaging platform & guide creation

  • Graphic Design

    • Artwork for print, digital, packaging, event signage, media kits, and more

  • Video Development & Production Management

    • Management of video creation process from start to finish (conception of storyboards, production, editing)

  • Print Collateral Development

    • Annual reports, brochures, one-pagers, posters, banners, and other print materials

  • Social Media Planning

    • Creation of a social media strategy along with art & copy creative recommendations

  • Community Relations Strategy

    • Creating awareness around community partnerships, initiatives, and programs; includes development of media kits

  • Event Design & Execution

    • Conception, planning, and execution of corporate and non-profit events

  • Casting (for advertising creative)

    • Selection of talent for TV, radio, print or digital advertising

Our Work


It's important that we begin each of our clients' projects with a strategic conversation. An executional tactic only works if there is a strategy behind it that links to achieving business goals. Here is a list of our clients, for whom we do strategic and executional work.

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KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools re-branding

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YOUniversity Drive Website


Previous Client Experience

Prior to starting MDC Marketing Group, owner Michelle Connley-Gore worked on brand strategy, advertising and events for the following brands (both agency and client-side): 

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