In 1996, Julie Dennehy engaged her years of Boston agency experience to launch Dennehy Public Relations, specializing in connecting smart consumer-facing companies with their stakeholders via strategic public relations. An aggressive and creative media strategist, Dennehy excels at traditional and social media relations and content creation, launch/grand opening programs, and event management services. DPR clients are consumer products/services, hospitality leaders, franchisors and retailers, arts/entertainment destinations and venues, and non-profit organizations. She is known for developing award-winning campaigns resulting in “out of the box” PR elements exceeding client expectations.
Clients include 7-Eleven stores, Best Friends Pet Hotels, Cabot Creamery, Cold Stone Creamery, Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, InBev/Labatt USA beer, Fire + Ice Improvisational Grille, Northeastern University (University College, Center for Continuing Education, Center for Family Business), The Cottage restaurant, Red Mango, Resinate Inc., Rita’s Water Ice, Ruth’s Chris and Capital Grille, Macy’s, Next Step Bionics, Jurys Boston Hotel (now Loews), and many others. She spent over a decade representing 7-Eleven and Blockbuster New England stores and enjoys projects for a boutique portfolio of distinctive New England organizations from CodeWiz STEM learning centers, Anton’s Cleaners, Newton Community Pride, and major consumer events and festivals as the Boston Film Festival, Progressive New England Boat Show, Bay Colony Dog Show, “Dads Make A Difference” Fathers Day Festival, King Richard’s Faire, the NH Auto Show, Boston Winter on City Hall Plaza, ARTS FIRST for Harvard University Office of the Arts, and Oscar Night Boston for The Ellie Fund, among others.
Quoted by the media and profiled by PR News’ special issue “15 To Watch: Highly Valued PR Assets,” she is often contacted by traditional media contacts and online influencers as a valued resource for expert sources, unique content ideas, and breaking news responses/messaging.
Whether you call her a microphone magnet, a sucker for an empty podium or a glutton for punishment, Julie volunteers to lead collaborative networks and enjoys giving back to the PR community she loves dearly. She is the former president of three major PR organizations. For twenty years, Julie was an active member and long-time director of the PRConsultants Group - a national network of 50 independent PR pros collaborating to provide brands with National Strength. Local Power.™ She has also served board and leadership positions with local chapters of the Intl. Special Event Society, and was a dedicated president of both the Public Relations Society of America’s Boston chapter and the Publicity Club of New England (now PR Club). She is a frequent judge for global, regional and local award shows and was one of the founders (1997) of the Boston Independent Practitioners Network, now a sub-group of PRSA's Boston Chapter. She has also served as a PRSA national delegate and represented the Northeast on the district level and in PRSA’s national section for independent practitioners. For Julie, doing well by doing good includes leadership service as well as community service, and is a dedicated Lions Club member and current president of the Medway Business Council. She runs a tight meeting and excels at organizational challenges!
A former radio DJ, Julie graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a frequent public speaker, university guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member at Boston University's College of Communication. When she’s not serving the community, she’s exploring art, writing and live performance. She blogs with colleague Toni Antonetti on creativity and business at CuriousAndClever.com, dabbles in mixed media art, and is passionate about musical theater from Boston to Broadway. She even brings her event/PR skills as a volunteer staffer at BroadwayCon, a convention connecting Broadway industry and fans, where she once assisted Lin Manuel Miranda and fangirl shrieked - on the inside, because she's a professional.