American Women in Public Relations™ (Women in PR USA®) Team

Seattle and Vancouver (BC)

Talia (Beckett) Davis is the President and Founder of the Organization of American Women in Public Relations™ (Women in PR USA®). She is the Owner of Pink Pearl PR, an agency that specializes in baby and kid’s products, beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands. Beckett-Davis is a Women in Business Judge for the Stevie Awards and serves as Communications Chair for the Women in Leadership Foundation. She holds a Masters’ Degree in International Relations from the University of London, England, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Royal Roads University.

Washington, DC

Shonali Burke (Washington, DC), is President and CEO of social PR consulting firm, Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. She is an IABC-Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and was honored by PRWeek as one of the top “40 Under 40” public relations professionals in the United States. Burke is an adjunct faculty for the Master of Arts in Communication program at Johns Hopkins University and an Instructor at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. She is also the curator of the #measurePR Twitter chat and she publishes Waxing UnLyrical, the blog community of like-minded professionals from around the globe.

Phoenix, Arizona

Abbie Fink (Phoenix, AZ) is Vice President and General Manager of HMA Public Relations. She is also
past president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy. Fink has a Master’s Degree in mass communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/public relations from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, teaching classes for both the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and the School of Community Resources and Development and previously with the Center for the Advancement of Small Business.

Columbus, Ohio

Michelle Garrett (Columbus, OH) is President of Garrett Public Relations. She was recently named a top 100 PR influencer by Onalytica and is a contributor to Muck Rack and Ragan’s PR Daily, Entrepreneur, Spin Sucks, CIO, Freelancers Union and more. Garrett frequently speaks on PR, sharing her advice and expertise. She currently sits on the boards of COPEC (Central Ohio Professional Education Council) and previously served on the boards of the American Marketing Association (AMA) (Columbus chapter) and IABC Silicon Valley. Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/ public Relations from Ohio State University.


Nicole Rodrigues (Los Angeles, CA) is the CEO and Founder of NRPR Group. She’s a seasoned publicist and social media marketing pro with 16 years of experience under her belt. Nicole is also the host of the radio show PRfect Pitch, contributor to Forbes and The HYPE Magazine, and has been published on top PR blogs and websites. She is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and a board member for Fremont College and Face Forward.

Rebekah Iliff (San Fransisco, CA), is the Chief Strategy Officer for AirPR, a technology platform to increase PR performance. Previously, she was the CEO of talkTECH Communications, where she created an industry-first methodology for emerging technology companies which positioned talkTECH as one of the fastest growing, launch-only PR firms in the U.S. She is currently a columnist for Inc., and a contributing writer for Mashable, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, PRWeek’s “The Hub”, and the Salesforce blog. IIiff holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA).

Crosby Noricks (San Diego, CA), is the founder of PR Couture and Lecturer in Journalism/Media Studies at San Diego State University. She was included in the iMedia 25 as a key influencer in interactive marketing, and is an experienced fashion & consumer marketing strategist. Noricks is the author of two published books: Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR, and eBook, Pitch Perfect. She has contributed thought leadership to Fast Company, Mashable, and PR Week. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication & Media Studies from San Diego State University.

New York City and Greater Area

Shannon Furey (Asbury Park, NJ) is the Public Relations Director at M studio, an integrated marketing firm with offices in New Jersey and New York.  For more than a decade, Shannon has grown and led a team of communications professionals that are committed to developing PR strategies rooted in measurable results.  She launches successful campaigns in the consumer goods, fashion, hospitality and lifestyle sectors, and has overseen product launches for international clientele.  An alumna of New York University, Shannon earned a degree in journalism and mass communications.  Committed to both her community and her industry, Shannon mentors communications students on track to become PR professionals and sits on the board of the local non-profit organization, Food for Thought by the Sea, whose mission includes connecting local youth with professional-development opportunities.

Deirdre Breakenridge (New Jersey) is the CEO of Pure Performance Communications. A 25+ year veteran in PR, Breakenridge is the author of five Prentice Hall and Financial Times Press books. She speaks internationally on the topics of PR, marketing, branding and social media. She is an adjunct professor at UMASS at Amherst, an online instructor for Rutgers University, as well as a LinkedIn and video author. Breakenridge hosts the podcast show, Women Worldwide and is a blogger at PR Expanded.

Greater Chicago Area

Gini Dietrich (Chicago, IL), is the Founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger at the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, is co-author of Marketing In the Round, and is co-host of Inside PR, a weekly podcast about communications and social media. Dietrich has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Creighton University.