Back in third grade, when teacher Adeline Rainey reprimanded Shira Miller for talking too much during class, she was trying to make a point. Luckily, the spunky eight-year-old ignored it and kept right on gabbing, albeit outside of that instructor’s earshot. Now, many moons later, the award-winning communications strategist and executive coach focuses on identifying and developing best-case possibilities for companies and their people.
In her current role as the Executive Vice President, Communications for the National DCP, the $2 billion supply chain management cooperative that serves the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts, she handles all aspects of internal, external and corporate communications, issues management, brand image and plays a key role in the development of executive leadership. The Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications, employee engagement, internal communications, public relations, executive coaching and marketing.
Prior to joining NDCP in 2014, she helmed Shira Miller Communications for 13 years, which served clients such as Cox Communications, Spanx, InterContinental Hotels Group, Farm Rich, FOCUS Brands and the Synthetic Turf Council. Her expertise has helped companies of all sizes engage talent; develop inspiring leaders; build a positive culture during times of growth, change, mergers and acquisitions; and enhance their brand image with internal and external audiences.
The Emory University alumna previously directed Corporate and Internal Communications, PR and Marketing Communications for two billion-dollar companies – American Retail Group and Morrison Management Specialists (now Compass), served as PR Manager for The Shepherd Center, Community Relations Manager for Days Inns of America and Weekend Bureau Coordinator for the NBC News Southeastern Bureau. Much to her mom’s delight, Shira has been recognized with 40 awards, including PRSA’s National Bronze Anvil Award.
A wellness enthusiast, Shira’s penchant for healthy living started in 1992, when she lost 50 pounds through exercise, eating better and eliminating Oreo cookies as a primary food group. She is currently working on a project that helps people get unstuck and have the life of their dreams. Her story and opinions have been recognized in Shape, Health, First for Women, Quick & Simple, the Atlanta Journal – Constitution, Emory Magazine, Fitbie (MSN’s Healthy Living portal), bestselling business book The Power of Nice, and Trust Your Gut: How the Power of Intuition Can Grow Your Business.
In July 2016, she became a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the world’s leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives and educators who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession.
Shira lives in Atlanta with her super cool husband Justin, a British expat who competes in Iron Man triathlons for fun.