Malaak Compton-Rock began her career in the public relations and special event fields. Her professional life started in the entertainment industry, working for many years at the Terrie Williams Agency, where she contributed to many successful movie and record release campaigns and projects for clients including Eddie Murphy, The Essence Awards, and HBO.
Following a stint in the cosmetics industry, she found her true calling after accepting a position at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund). During her three years with the organization, she spearheaded and oversaw the Special Events and Celebrity Relations Department (a position created for her once the Agency saw the need to utilize celebrities). Compton-Rock created and orchestrated numerous fundraising and advocacy events, geared towards increasing the organization's visibility and promoting private sector and corporate giving. She managed the organization's roster of celebrity spokespersons, planning numerous international field trips for the spokespersons to witness UNICEF-assisted projects in the field. In addition, she coordinated all celebrity appearances at special events and with the media. She also created a successful television product placement campaign for UNICEF's core fundraising campaign "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF," resulting in prime-time media exposure on television shows such as Caroline in the City, Mad About You, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and others. Ms. Compton-Rock achieved prominent placements in print and broadcast media, including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Today Show, CNN News, USA Today, People and many others. She remains proud of the fact that she was able to increase the organization's celebrity support by cultivating and recruiting many celebrities who continue to support UNICEF including Sarah Jessica Parker, Laurence Fishburne, Claudia Schiffer, and Summer Sanders. She remains an active supporter, having recently visited UNICEF-assisted projects with her family in South Africa and Kenya in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
While still at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, she made the life-changing decision to dedicate her life's work to the non-profit world. With that directive in mind, Ms. Compton-Rock left the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to pursue her dream of starting her own a non-profit organization. After witnessing the sweeping changes in the welfare laws, combined with her love of individual style, Ms. Compton-Rock incorporated styleWORKS, an organization that provided comprehensive grooming services, i.e., hair styling, make-up application, skincare services, clothing, accessories, and image consulting to women moving from welfare to work. After seven years of offering direct services as a non-profit, styleWORKS now provides grooming seminars on a consultant basis only and continues to offer monthly mentoring and job retention-based services, such as the styleWORKS book club.
Compton-Rock is involved in many other humanitarian endeavors, including but not limited to serving on the Board of Directors of Safe Horizon, the nation's leading victim assistance organization. As part of her board work, she created and is currently chairing the Champions for Children Committee, a prestigious group of well-known individuals committed to raising awareness about the signs and prevention of child abuse.
In 2007, the group received national pro-bono exposure in magazines including People, Redbook, Essence and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as radio exposure through a series of PSA's heard on Clear Channel stations nationwide. In all, the campaign received over 28 million pro bono media impressions. The group will continue advocating on behalf of this cause with the creation of a new public awareness campaign for 2008 that was shot by legendary photographer Timothy White. The campaign will first appear in the April issue of Redbook Magazine, followed by many other media outlets.
She is also committed to serving those severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. Having pledged a 3-5 year commitment, she works in conjunction with Bonita Street House of Hope in Houston, TX to help raise funds in order to continue placing families in permanent housing. In addition, Ms. Compton-Rock is a proud supporter of The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and is particularly committed to raising funds and awareness for CDF's Freedom School location in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, which serves the area's most disadvantaged children.
Along with her husband, Compton-Rock recently began working in conjunction with Hope Worldwide, providing educational funding, goods, and services for the population in Diepsloot, a poverty-stricken shanty town in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Rock's are currently working on a strategic plan to substantially expand their support in 2008 by providing increased educational funding and quality of life assistance, including community gardens and micro-credit finance programs to hundreds of residents in Diepsloot and Soweto. In particular, they are committed to aiding those living in granny-led and orphan-led households.
Recently, Compton-Rock ventured into new professional waters by filming the Harpo/ABC-TV reality show "OPRAH'S BIG GIVE." Debuting on March 2, 2008, Compton-Rock serves as a co-judge offering her insights, encouragement and critiques to contestants whose mission is to give back to society in creative and innovative ways. "OPRAH'S BIG GIVE" offers a positive twist to primetime reality created in the spirit of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Additionally, she is an avid public speaker who lectures on topics pertaining to renewing the inner spirit, philanthropic giving, finding balance in life, raising giving children in a global world, and successfully blending a family and professional life.
As a way to highlight the most important aspects of her career and to encourage others to give, Compton-Rock recently formed The Angelrock Project. The project serves as an umbrella organization to showcase her many endeavors, including humanitarian campaigns, television projects, and philanthropic cause-related marketing initiatives, but more importantly as an e-village where people can find pertinent information on how to volunteer, advice on making monetary or in-kind donations, link to life-changing service organizations, read inspirational stories about people who spend their lives helping others, and shop for products that help sustain third-world artisans or raise money for non-profit organizations. The organization can be found at www.angelrockproject.com.
Malaak Compton-Rock lives outside of New York City in New Jersey suburbs with her husband Chris Rock, two daughters, and a Yorkshire Terrier. She holds a B.F.A. in Arts/Production Management from Howard University and is a member of New York Women in Communications and The Cause Marketing Forum. She lives by her favorite Marian Wright Edelman quote "Service is the rent we pay for living."
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