Experience: 20+ years
Education: M.A. in Mass Communication; and B.A. in Journalism (Communications, Business)
Rebecca Skipper adds to the Concepts team more than 20 years of experience performing strategic communications outreach for governmental, nonprofit and academic institutions, and has particular expertise in crafting messaging for effective public outreach campaigns around issues related to disability and employment.
As one example, Rebecca helped conceptualize and launch the Campaign for Disability Employment, a multi-organization initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that encourages employers and others to recognize the skills and talent people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces and economy. As part of this, she casted and helped produce three nationally distributed and widely aired public service announcements, “I Can,” “Because” and “Who I Am.” For the latter, Rebecca was instrumental in securing the participation of RJ Mitte, a film and television actor best known for his role as Walt, Jr. in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Rebecca also produced two videos highlighting the importance of disability inclusion in registered apprenticeship programs.
Videos are just one dimension of Rebecca’s work on the issue of disability employment, however. A writer at heart, she has been the voice behind hundreds of articles, newsletters, speeches, social media content and other materials published by ODEP, other DOL agencies and DOL-funded entities over the years. Reflecting this, she has significant subject matter expertise in disability employment policy and non-discrimination laws, including Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 501 and 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the disability-related provisions of far-reaching employment legislation, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act. In 2013, Rebecca also helped mount DOL’s Centennial observance, including the “Books that Shaped Work in America” public engagement initiative.
Prior to joining Concepts, Rebecca spent several years helping American institutions overseas fulfill their communications needs, working at both Richmond American University in London and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She also served as the director of communications for her hometown Chamber of Commerce in Coral Springs, Fla., and freelanced for the city’s weekly newspaper.
Rebecca holds a master of arts and bachelor of arts from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and lives in Cabin John, Md., with her husband and two children. When not working or parenting, she is active in a variety of volunteer activities. In recent years, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Clara Barton Center for Children and Bannockburn Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and engaged in advocacy efforts on two issues close to her heart, infertility and stillbirth prevention.