Pauline Barfield is the President, CEO and founder/owner of Barfield Public Relations, Inc. – a full service public relations firm based in New York City. Barfield has more than 20 years of communications experiences ranging from Fortune 500 firms to local development corporations. Her work in public relations and media relations spans the fields of healthcare, government business development education, construction and the arts. She has extensive experience in coordination marketing campaigns and special events, generating media placement and promoting community initiatives.

Prior to forming her own firm, she worked as associate producer for NBC-TV News, as a programmer for NBC Network Radio and on the Press Staff of WCBS-TV. She was an account supervisor for the nations second largest public relations firm.

Dedicated to community service, Barfield serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Medgar Evers Foundation Board. She is an active member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Negro Women, Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Women In Need. In addition, she serves as the President of the Macon Street Block Association

Barfield is a proud Geechie/Gullah (creolized language) woman, born in Beaufort County, South Carolina. “My parents separated when I was two-years-old, but both parents raised me. My sister and I spent every summer on the beautiful Island of St. Helena with my father and grandmother and during school semesters with my mother and her family in Dale South Carolina. Based on the documentary “Family Across The Sea,” the people who reside on the Sea Islands and Georgia, it has been established that they came from West Africa country of Sierra Leone. Two of the characteristics of the Sierra Leone people are that they are rice growers and rice eaters and they speak in a creolized language very similar to Geeche Gullah as to the African-Americans on the Coast of South Carolina.

Barfield credits her success to her mother and father, the fisherman, the mason, baker. The domestic worker and the farmers, the civil rights marchers all for the spirit and entrepreneurship; always doing for self and to make a change in someone else’s life. “My parents gave me love and laughter, they allowed me the freedom to explore the possibilities,” said Barfield.

Barfield is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds a certificate in film and television production from the Association of Television Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous business and community service awards including the 2002 Network Journal’s Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award and a Certificate of Excellence from InSidePR and a business service award from McDonald’s franchises.

Barfield is a fun loving person who works hard to get the job done. And equally, she loves to have fun after a hard day of work, knowing that she has taken on the day’s challenges with dignity. Barfield lives with her husband of 34 years and their son Jameel - one of her employees - who she hopes will succeed her at the firm.


Back to Speakers Bureau

 

 Home | Contact Us | Book A Speaker | Events | Staff/Volunteers | Special Event Planning