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Coffee Talk at A.wordsmith

Jun 14, 2020

I have SO much respect for our local Portland-area public relations firms, and A.wordsmith is no exception.

Run by a former Weber Shandwick colleague of mine, Ann Smith, A.wordsmith is one of the most respected, award-winning firms in town. 

I appreciated the opportunity to join Natalie O'Grady and Jamie Opra to discuss "Going Forward with Intention."

It was inspiring to hear how my fellow marketing and public relations colleagues do everything they can to live their best life. 

Please take a look at the recap here, and thank you A.wordsmith for the invite!

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Guest interview: Joe Barhoum, Grind and Gravy

Jun 14, 2020

WAY back before COVID-19 hit, I had a great chat at the Remote.ly offices in Portland, Ore. with Joe Barhoum, MBA and University of Portland professor, for his podcast "Grind and Gravy."

Check it out below! Thank you for having me on, Joe!

 Want to listen to the podcast version? Check out the iTunes link here!

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Build Your Personal Moat: Three Tips for Successful Remote Working

Mar 09, 2020

Nine years ago, I wrote a blog post on how to run great virtual teams.

The more things change, the more they stay the same! I still recommend all these tips!

Many of you are starting to work from home more frequently.

There are a lot of benefits to working from home. However, looking back there is a SIGNIFICANT mental and physical shift required to being successful.

Many of my clients work from home. They want to continue to strive during work but also ensure that they are taking care of themselves and spending quality time with their friends and family. And a lot of that comes with planning, setting boundaries and building your personal MOAT!

You need to do three things. Every day.

First, you need to PLAN your alone time. The Slack notifications, the IM messages, the constant pings. You need time during your work to think! Allocate whatever time you can, even if it’s 15 minutes, for your personal “No Contact Zone.” Block this time in your calendar.

Second, you...

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Interview with Jared Levenson, Eating Enlightenment!

Mar 04, 2020

A huge thanks to Jared Levenson, fellow health coach and founder of Eating Enlightenment, for having me on his show to discuss my story. We had a great chat about my journey and Jared was a great host! Thank you for having me on your program!



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Have you met PR hero, Mary Prevost?

Jan 30, 2020

This week, I am honored to speak with Mary Prevost! Mary and I have gotten to know each other over the last year and she is just an amazing person in the industry. She’s a parent, runs her own business, a master networker and we had such a wonderful chat on how she lives her best life!

We chat about:

  • Mary’s role at Prevost Partners, her background, and what it’s like to run a business with her husband.

  • Mary’s experience working on the client side and agency side, and how it compares to running her own company.

  • How Mary works as a master networker.

  • How Mary ensures she makes herself a priority.

Enjoy, and thank you, Mary, for your time!

Prevost Partners



About Mary Prevost:

Mary Prevost, MBA

Founder, Prevost Partners


Empowering brands and inspiring people to think differently – this is how Mary Prevost has approached her 17 years of work in the public relations industry.

Nurturing meaningful relationships is...

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Helping PR Professionals Put On Their Oxygen Mask First!

Jan 22, 2020

I had a great time up in Seattle yesterday, seeing old friends and spending the evening at @webershandwick Seattle to host a workshop with the @prsa_pugetsound chapter.

It was a great chat and participants took with them their action plan for making themselves a priority. Thank you, PRSA and Weber Shandwick for being amazing hosts.

It was my first time in SIX years I was in the Weber Shandwick Seattle offices and it brought back a lot of great memories!

How can I help your company employees prioritize their health and wellness? Let’s chat about my workshops. Message me and let’s get started!

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Have You Met Marketing Hero, Brandon Laws?

Jan 09, 2020

Really excited to have Brandon Laws, director of marketing at Xenium HR and host of the "Transform Your Workplace" podcast, on the program. Today, we touch on:

  • How Brandon evolved his role at Xenium HR to Director of Marketing

  • How Brandon has built a personal brand at Xenium within his own company.

  • How Brandon balances life at work with family

  • The books that have influenced Brandon the most (Brandon's Goodreads link!).


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Give It a Rest: Why You Need to Take Paid Time Off and Sick Days

Jan 01, 2020

My latest story for PRSA’s “Strategies and Tactics” is on a piece of data that really concerns me. I share my ONE resolution for PR professionals in 2020.

My fellow communicators, I implore you to make it your top priority in 2020 that you will take the time away from work that you have earned. Doing so is within our control, and it’s something we desperately need if we are to continue advancing the PR profession and professional. 

According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than half of Americans (55 percent) are still not using all of their paid time off. In 2018, American workers failed to use 768 million days of paid time off — a 9 percent increase from 2017, according to the association’s research.

Read more here!

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Interview with Brandon Laws for "Transform Your Workplace"

Dec 19, 2019

I really enjoyed chatting with Brandon Laws of Xenium HR for his “Transform Your Workplace” podcast!

Brandon is a thought leader in the space and we had a great conversation about my journey and our shared interest in ensuring the health and wellness of employees is a priority!

Have a listen below, and thank you, Brandon, for having me on your program!

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Have You Met PR Hero, Ashley DelBello?

Dec 12, 2019

This week we chat with Ashley DelBello!  No matter how much or how little support we get from our colleagues, we put SO much pressure on ourselves to succeed. And because of that, we sometimes feel guilty for taking an extended vacation. Rarely do PR folks take more than 10 days off in a row. I know; I’ve done my own research on the topic! As professionals, we need to think about not only short vacations, but taking extended time away. It’s important for our mental health. Ashley is doing just that! She and I had a great chat about a number of topics.

  • Ashley’s background.

  • Her transition from agency to client-side.

  • How Ashley determined this was the right time to take a break.

  • How Ashley adjusted to life while starting on her break.

  • The importance of self-care.

  • Tips Ashley has to start her mornings off right.

  • Thoughts people should have before making a decision to start a lengthy break.

  • What Ashley is up to next.

Thank you, Ashley, for...

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