“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 you and your background.
I was born and raised in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and my parents still live there. I also have a brother who I am very close with who currently lives in Boston. I grew up playing soccer and lacrosse and am a huge sports fan – specifically Red Sox, Patriots and UConn basketball. In fact, I have a cat named Kemba who was named after UConn star Kemba Walker. I am also a reality TV enthusiast – especially “The Real Housewives” franchise.
I chose to go into PR because I wanted to be a journalist but didn’t like the lifestyle that comes with that job. I had a cousin who was working in PR at the time and she invited me to shadow her at work in NYC. Needless to say, I was hooked.
You are relocating from Boston and went to college in Connecticut – what brings you to Seattle, besides our amazing weather?
My boyfriend brings me to Seattle. He got an amazing opportunity at Xbox so we decided to give Seattle a try together.
What is the most surprising factoid about you?
I threw the shot put for a year in high school. I think I came in last at every track meet.
What’s one of your proudest professional achievements?
One of the proudest moments of my career was when a blogger I had been working closely with asked if she could write a blog post about me and how to pitch reporters. It’s great to get client validation, but very rarely do PR people get recognized by the press for our hard work.
Three words that describe you?
Outgoing, talkative, shopaholic.
Why Weber Shandwick?
Coming from a mid-sized agency, I wanted to find a larger environment where I could learn from a diverse group of people – and Weber Shandwick fit the bill.
When not working, what would people find you doing?
In the summer, you’ll find me at the beach. Otherwise, I love shopping, traveling and skiing.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would definitely be a cat (you’ll soon learn I am a crazy cat lady). They’re so cute and definitely have strong personalities
Mary Sullivan is an account supervisor at Weber Shandwick Seattle.