Girl Power

Yes, the title to this blog post is reminiscent of a popular female 90s group. While I may not have much in common with the Spice Girls, I fully relate to this concept and proudly share I am the product of an all-girl high school.

On the South Side of Chicago the majority of high schools are all-girl or all-boy Catholic schools and I couldn’t be more grateful for how my education has helped me grow into the person I am today. The confidence I gained within those four years transfers effortlessly into a public relations career. Communicating effectively and having a desire for knowledge are two of the values I apply every day.

Because of my high school education my ears immediately perk up when I hear announcements like the recent one from Richard Edelman. He is committed to women holding half of Edelman’s senior roles by 2016. He readily admits where the company is lacking in female leadership providing percentages instead of simply acknowledging the company will take on this initiative.   

I was attracted to my company because of the women in leadership roles. I met the agency’s Senior Vice President at a University of Illinois networking event. As a wide-eyed college student I was thrilled to hear about her experience and the daily challenges she encountered at the agency. This excitement only increased when I learned JSH&A was founded by a woman. From watching our CEO it motivates me to think, that could be me one day.

I’m interested to see if other large agencies will follow Mr. Edelman’s lead. Here’s hoping so!

A McAuley Girl

Most people hold strong ties to their college, but not as many maintain the same ties to their high school. I’m honored to be a graduate of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, the largest all-girl Catholic high school and only liberal arts high school in the U.S. Does the following description provided by the SouthtownStar fit a McAuley girl? Couldn’t be truer.


After 12 years covering government and politics for the SouthtownStar, I have encountered numerous graduates of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side.


The litmus test is pretty simple: If she’s smart and sassy yet warm and earthy, career-focused yet devoted to family, opinionated but open-minded, bold yet approachable, cosmopolitan in stilettos or carefree in a T-shirt, comfortable in both a church pew and a sports bar, she’s probably a Mother McAuley graduate.


She might be an elected official, a behind-the-scenes adviser, a lawyer or a social worker. She might be a boss or a subordinate, a prosecutor or a bailiff.


She might be a Republican who opposes abortion or a Democrat who supports gay marriage.


She is, most likely, a public servant who is comfortable in her skin and illuminated — but not indoctrinated — by McAuley’s Christian, Catholic principles.


And she probably has three names.


Enjoy the rest of the article here.