Vau’ve Anais Davis, founder of Official Anais PR, a Chicago-based public-relations consulting firm, is an award-winning philanthropist and first-generation entrepreneur who aspires to build a brand legacy through business development and community service.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her bachelor of science degree in psychology, Davis had a chance to put her passion and natural talent for helping others into action at two nonprofit youth organizations.
In her many roles, she helped develop, execute, and promote social services, after-school programs for teens, and career-development services. She also assisted with the production of an HIV-awareness campaign film. She has helped secure over $1,000,000 in grants, planned and marketed events, and solicited sponsorships from individuals and corporations.
Her innate ability to connect people and concepts to achieve desired goals prompted Davis to launch Official Anais Consulting (formerly Official Anais PR) in 2010. The purpose of her firm is twofold: to elevate the brands of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits to national and international levels; and to give back to the community.
Davis’s “Charity Corner” blog and her annual toy drive are two of her most prized charitable projects. She understands that it is challenging for nonprofit entities to market their programs and good deeds effectively with small budgets and even smaller staffs; therefore, she features two organizations or charities bimonthly on her blog with the goal of giving them exposure and soliciting donations for causes that serve communities throughout Illinois and the Greater Chicagoland areas.
Additionally, for the past several years, Official Anais Consulting has hosted annual toy drives to support single mothers during Christmas, one of the hardest times of the year for some parents. Due to overwhelming need, the firm hosted two toy drives during the third and fourth years. Support for Davis’s charitable efforts was so great that she was also able to donate to a mentoring organization as well as a domestic-violence shelter in Englewood.
In September 2013, Davis launched the Shark Tank Social, “one of Chicago’s hottest events,” according to the Examiner. Highly regarded by Chicago influencers, community leaders, and entrepreneurs, this monthly networking event connects budding entrepreneurs and other professionals who have a business idea that they want to pitch to investors. Some even consider auditioning for the actual show.
Davis has received several awards and recognitions for her professional and charitable contributions to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. In 2013, Official Anais PR was awarded the “Best Non-Profit PR and Event Planning Firm” by Black Celebrity Giving. in 2013 the firm also received a “Humanitarian Award” from Fashion Arts & Humanitarian Fetes. Davis has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women on the South Side of Chicago” for her contributions to the community.
In 2016, Davis launched a philanthropy apparel line called Brand Ministry Apparel and started a scholarship fund for her high-school alma mater, Proviso East High School, located in Maywood, Illinois.
In addition to her own ventures, Davis contributes to Stellar Award winner Mark Hubbard’s Gospel radio show with her “Purpose, PR, and Philanthropy” segment. She serves on the board of Charity Contributors of Chicago, community-relations director of Speak Hope Inc. and on the leadership team of Creative Cypher Inc.