WarrenMerrick Communications, New York City
When Gerri Warren-Merrick retired from her corporate position in January 2008, she soon found that she was constantly fielding calls from people asking for help or suggestions. It was then that she solidified her idea for her own firm. “This is an opportunity to redefine me — my next phase.”
Warren-Merrick’s eyes light up as she discusses WarrenMerrick Communications, a boutique consulting firm specializing in public policy, communications strategy, philanthropy and social responsibility.
Warren-Merrick is excited about the endless possibilities that she now faces as president of her own firm and the clients and accounts she has already signed up or is in negotiations with.
Most recently, she served as vice president of Global Public Policy for Time Warner Inc. Warren-Merrick, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University, was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with local and state policy leaders, creating partnerships and programs related to public policy, education and the arts.
Over the years, Warren-Merrick has garnered accolades and awards from numerous organizations in recognition of her community and professional contributions. Additionally, she sits on the SUNY Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of the Abyssinian Development Corporation and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Warren-Merrick believes that the most important aspect of her jobs has been “having the opportunity and responsibility to help corporations and others understand the importance of sharing their resources and recognizing the significance of women and the African-American community.”
Warren-Merrick considers Dick Parsons, former CEO of Time Warner Inc., a major force in her career for affording her the opportunity to work with and learn from him. She also credits her husband, Leon Merrick, for being her rock and “eye of the storm.”
Warren-Merrick credits her family, particularly her mother, Mary Farr, first and foremost, for her strong work ethic and ability to remain humble. The oldest of six children, she learned early to view every achievement as an extension of her God-given gift.