Meet the Women Who Inspire Us Daily
Girl power. That’s what fuels the team at JRWPR. What got each one of us to this point in our respective careers, besides our own intelligence and tenacity, are the trailblazing women that came before us. We believe that "strong women empower other women" and know that we wouldn't be doing what we're doing without the women that not only work alongside us in our field, but those in the public eye doing truly amazing things.
Clearly Jen, the brains and the risk taker behind JRWPR, is at the top of our list of the women we admire most. We've excluded present company to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Take a peek at our list of women that inspire us every day.
Nollie’s sHeroes of PR and marketing
Michelle Olson - Head of Public Relations, Fingerpaint
“Michelle was one of my first PR mentors. When I was a grad student at Arizona State University, I worked for her at her own agency, Olson Communications. She is a stellar example of someone who is a leader and gives back not only in the PR community (she has been on the national PRSA board of directors twice), but the larger Phoenix, Arizona community as well. Michelle exemplifies balancing motherhood and career with grace and wisdom. She is smart, driven, caring, funny, kind, and generous. Watching her work and guide others more junior in their careers has influenced my own career.”
Katie Couric – Journalist, Author, and Media Mogul
“Katie Couric has been my idol ever since my days as a journalism student. Her blend of intelligence, sass, humor, mad interviewing skills, and ability to cover any topic with fairness and compassion continues to inspire me. I have loved watching her evolve as the media landscape has evolved. From the Today Show to CBS News to managing editor/anchor to the owner of Katie Couric Media, where she creates documentaries, podcasts, short video, Instagram, and streaming content, as well as a daily newsletter that blends hard news with lighter lifestyle topics. She's inquisitive and covers a variety of topics with her trademark insightful approach, inviting her audience to learn along with her.”
Linda’s sHeroes of PR and marketing
Michelle Obama - Lawyer, Author, and Former First Lady
“Professionally, Michelle is well educated and accomplished (a lawyer, a writer, and university administrator), but personally, she's a mother and a wife, and handles life in the public eye admirably. One of the things I admire most about her is that she has kept active even after her husband’s presidency. Her book ‘Becoming’ has inspired so many people, including me. While I imagine she could be intimidating in person, she comes across as very down-to-earth and personable. She's a shining example of a public figure with an excellent reputation, which isn't easy to do.”
Joanna Gaines – Designer, Author, Reality TV Host, Media Executive
“Joanna balances her family and work-life while quite literally, building an empire. Plus, she has amazing taste! Everything she does seems to turn to gold from her interior design, partnerships with retailers, posts on social media, and interviews on the TODAY Show. And she does so in a seemingly effortless fashion.”
Jen’s sHeroes of PR and marketing
Kellye Crane - Founder, and Karen Swim, Current Leader, SoloPR
“Both Kellye and Karen identified the opportunity for many people to enjoy the benefits of being a solo practitioner and created a supportive community to help those doing it or interest in pursuing it. They selflessly created a community of support that now includes training and mentorship for all aspects of building a solo business. I’ve watched both women personally and professionally support each other as well as the entire community. They are an inspiration for how to get out of your comfort zone.”
Rachel Kay - President, Rachel Kay Public Relations (RKPR)
“I met Rachel when we were pitching the same potential client as solo consultants more than a decade ago, and she won the business. Damn her! ;) She shared me early on she wanted to build an agency. I thought she was nuts at such an early age to want the responsibility of a team. She was right, and she’s done it well. I’ve watched her grow her amazing team of dedicated PR pros (one member has been with her practically from the beginning) to a global lifestyle PR agency with offices in SD and NYC.”
Kim’s sHeroes of PR and marketing
Rachel Hollis - Author, Motivational Speaker, Blogger, and The Chic Site Founder
“Rachel got her start in marketing and event planning where her uber-relatable blog got noticed and subsequently took off. She has a knack for creating content (and now products) that people ravenously consume. She’s even turned some pretty big gaffes (the launch of her daily journals crashed her server within minutes) into huge PR wins – more demand! More supply! More sales! Not to mention, her 3 novels are silly, fun, and the perfect poolside read.”
Glennon Doyle - Author, Activist, Philanthropist, and Together Rising Founder
“Glennon isn’t a PR or marketing pro. But what she does is create content that grabs and holds my attention. Her social feed isn’t finely curated (and overly filtered). It’s gritty, mismatched, and important. She writes from her heart and encourages her 614,000 followers to do the same. From quips about returning shopping carts to encouraging social and political activism, I don’t just ‘like and scroll’ past her posts, I dig in, head and heart first.”
Unanimous sHero of PR and marketing
Tracy Benelli - Communications Consultant, Advisor, Strategist, and The Relevant You Founder
We all agree that Tracy is wise, an excellent listener, witty, whip-smart, thoughtful, and empowers others to see their own potential. She also has a gift for being able to step back and see the bigger picture of companies, issues, and ideas and then patiently but firmly explain why a particular course of action should be pursued. Tracy is not afraid to speak truth to power and is a powerful woman herself. She is just plain fierce. She knows her stuff and unapologetically shares her thoughts, suggestions, concerns, and counsel (a boon for her clients and her teams).
If we could have one superpower, it would be to be able to speak like Tracy. She has a gift, and we are indebted to her for bringing us together as JRWPR.
Did we pick your sHero?
Or is your PR and marketing mentor missing from this list? Empower other women by sharing your personal and professional sHeroes with us. Click to post this list to social and hashtag #JRWPR to join the conversation.