“Two Minutes With” is Weber Shandwick Seattle’s employee spotlight series that provides professional and personal insight into our rock star team. Enjoy!
Tell us a little bit about your background in PR before you joined Weber Shandwick.
This is my second stint at Weber Shandwick, so to figure out my PR background before Weber Shandwick I’d have to go back farther than I care to remember. What I’ve realized since my start is it’s a perfect fit for me. I love writing, being a part of the media, taking creative approaches to our client’s issues, and working in teams. Add to it that the communications industry is changing at a pace faster than any time in history, and it all adds up to a constantly thought-provoking and rewarding occupation.
How long have you been in the Weber Shandwick’s Seattle office? Do you have a favorite memory of your time here?
I’ve been in the Seattle office an unbelievable seven years, and spent another three in the Chicago office before that. Some of the celebrity interactions we get thrown into stand out in my memory (like feeding a sandwich to Ivana Trump or watching 3D TV with James Cameron), but what brings me back every day is the chance to brainstorm, crack a few jokes, and laugh along the way to accomplishing something bigger. I’m always looking for our next challenge, and we have great clients that don’t disappoint.
What’s the most interesting news article or blog post you’ve read in the last week (work-related or recreational reading)?
I’m fascinated by the Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear. It’s a unique approach and great way to drive a new dialogue – which is funnily enough about dialogue – to the forefront. Whether you like John Stewart or Stephen Colbert or not, they are doing something we often advocate to our clients – picking an issue related to their business and leading the discussion. I also recommend NPR’s show On the Media to anyone who will listen, it’s a great show to listen to and reflect on the state of our industry.
Word on the street is you are quite the movie buff. Seen any amazing movies lately—old or new?
The last two movies I saw were The Social Network with my wife, and The Legend of the Guardians in 3D with my kids. I highly recommend The Social Network. Read the ‘Guardian’ books instead.
If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you?
I don’t know, and I would not recommend that movie. Not yet.
Brooke Shepard is a senior vice president at Weber Shandwick Seattle.