In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a list of women in public relations that are working to accelerate change. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
#EachforEqual is about ‘Collective Individualism’
This year’s IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism.’ We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.
Here is our list of women in public relations to follow this International Women’s Day.
Theodora Jean, Founder of Coldwater Communications
Theodora has over 10 years of public relations and communications experience in private industry, government, and non-profit sectors. Through her public relations consultancy, Coldwater Communications, Theodora provides earned media strategies, publicity services, and thought-leadership for those working in the arts and entertainment sectors. Her clients—comprised of directors, producers, actors, musicians, and film and TV associations—have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Playback, and more.
Theodora is currently the President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society and a member of Women in Film and Television Vancouver. She was also recently a protege of the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Mentoring Program and holds a Master’s in Communication from the University of Ottawa.
Kaitlynn Furse, Director, Corporate Communications | CAA Club Group
A communications and media relations professional, Kaitlynn has worked with some of Canada’s leading brands to bring corporate storytelling to life. Having worked in both agency and corporate settings, Kaitlynn takes an insights-led approach to developing aspirational and practical communications strategies.
As a member of the corporate communications team at CAA Club Group, Kaitlynn leads the organizations public relations initiatives and serves as a media spokesperson. Kaitlynn is an avid traveller, knowledgeable about travel and tourism trends, having previously served as the manager of global public relations and partnerships for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
Avery H. Jones, MTA is the creator and concept engineer of AblazePR, LLC.
Avery holds a Masters’ degree in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event and Meeting Management from George Washington University; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in business, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jones Co-Founded the Black Business Network Exchange (BBNE) in 2013. BBNE is a social enterprise that provides Black business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs a platform to share their services and talents with an audience that values minority affluence.
Sasha Stoltz, Owner of Sasha Stoltz Publicity
With a background deeply rooted in the business community, publicist & executive producer Sasha Stoltz, comes with a “both feet on the ground” quality that her clients have come to depend on. Sasha was festival Publicist for the ReelWorld Film Fest & Director of Special Events for 13 years. Her first solo entry into film publicity was 2009 as unit publicist for iconic director Bruce McDonald’s film Pontypool. Sasha has worked the red carpets on both sides of the border, MMVA’s, Toronto International Film Fest, Gemini Awards, “If I Ruled T.O” feat Bow Wow, the US Daytime Emmys & NAACP Awards.
Sasha’s publicity clients have included, Actor/Director Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in Forrest Gump, Justified, 24) Actor Cle Bennett, Actress Kim Roberts, Actress Tonya Lee Williams, Director X, Juno Award Winning Recording artist Sean Jones, The Songwriters Association of Canada, Canadian Urban Music Conference, Death Row Records, Songwriters Association of Canada, TDOT FEST & many more.
Sasha is also the Executive Producer at Have Faith Productions. Have Faith Productions just completed the feature film “Sons 2 The Grave” filmed in Atlanta. The next project from Have Faith Productions will be the feature film “Loud Silence,” and the TV series “Hudson”
Michelle Tripp, Principal – HipCat Media
Michelle Tripp is a publicist, marketer, and social media strategist with more than 25 years of experience in communications for both private and public organizations. She has worked with international and national consumer and trade media, such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen, Education Week, Real Simple, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and Rubber and Plastics News to name a few.
Michelle has supported nonprofits, lifestyle and consumer brands, B2B companies, and managed and publicized large-scale community and organization events. She has created social media strategies and tactics to help organizations create their own communication channels to effectively share their stories. When a crisis hits, Michelle has been there to assist her clients with strategies and tactics to soothe fears and communicate openly and honestly with the organization’s audiences.
She has led large-scale internal communication strategies for a global organization to increase awareness and create buy-in from thousands of employees, and develop training and implementation of large scale social media strategies and tactics. To Michelle, branding isn’t just a color chart and font selections, it is personal – regardless if it is an organization, an author, a nonprofit, or a performer.
Brandi Sims is a public relations specialist with extensive knowledge in handling public relations, digital marketing, graphic design, and event planning. Her diverse expertise is the result of work with nonprofit organizations, government sectors, sports figures, corporations as well as small, boutique businesses. Past clients have appeared in ESPN, USA Today, Washington Post and ABC News.
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- American Women in Public Relations
- Avery H. Jones
- Black Business Network Exchange
- CAA Club Group
- Canadian Public Relations Society
- Canadian Women in Public Relations
- Coldwater Communications
- HipCat Media
- International Women's Day
- Kaitlynn Furse
- Michelle Tripp
- Sasha Stoltz Publicity
- Talia Davis PR
- Theodora Jean
- Women in Film and Television
- Women in PR Canada
- Women in PR North America
- Women in PR USA
The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) and American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA) is a network of leading business women striving for excellence in the field of public relations. Together, our organizations form Women in PR North America.