As a student pursuing a career in the PR industry, it is helpful to follow people who are already achieving my career goals. This is a list of women who are successful in the PR industry and have paved the way in for aspiring PR professional students like me. I find their success paths motivating, and if you are pursuing a career in similar industries you will too.
- Nicole Garner – @IamGarnerScott
At only 32-years-old, Nicole Garner is the CEO of Atlanta-based firm, The Garner Circle. She has been featured in numerous media publications because of her achievements. She runs a non-profit called “Pink Lemonade Stand” geared to mentoring young girls and has authored two books: Are You in Inc:PR’s alter ego and 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being A Female Entrepreneur.
- Aliza Licht – @AlizaLicht
Formerly known as the anonymous “DKNY PR Girl” behind the scenes of every fashion shoot and runway show, Aliza Licht has been credited as a social media pioneer for the fashion industry. If you love social media and want to make a career out of it, this is the woman to follow. Licht is the SVP of Global Communication for Donna Karen International and author of the best-selling book, LEAVE YOUR MARK.
- Valerie Merahn Simon – @ValerieSimon
Founder of #PRSTUDCHAT and #HAPPO (Help A PR Pro Out), Valerie connects PR job seekers and employers for opportunities. Her page is also a great place for PR students and Pros to network and have conversations about relatable topics.
- Heather R. Huhman – @heatherhuman
Heather has been named an internship expert because of her past hiring manager experience. She has great career tips and advice for women on her page, and she is the founder of HRTech PR Firm.
- Melissa Dawn Johnson – @TheMDSBrand
Melissa Dawn Johnson is a Global Branding and Personal Transformation Strategist. She is the CEO of Atlanta-based Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group and Brand Me International. Her expertise in branding includes coaching clients such as Time, Pepsi, Kraft, The National Football League, The National Basketball Association, and more. Her work with executives, pastors, politicians, collegiate and professional athletes gives her an impressive reputation.