“Two Minutes With” is Weber Shandwick Seattle’s employee spotlight series that provides professional and personal insight into our rockstar team. Today we’re highlighting Kelsey Shively — avid sports fan, urban explorer and the newest member of Weber Shandwick Seattle’s technology practice. Enjoy!
I got my first taste of PR at MWW Group (both consumer and tech) and got hooked. From there I knew I needed more, so I made my way to Edelman, where I supported Microsoft’s launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 and ultimately moved into the beautiful world of deep enterprise tech, getting my hands dirty with cloud computing, networking and security and working with clients like Avanade, Juniper Networks, CenturyLink and JDSU. Then, nearly six years into my PR journey, I made the jump to Weber Shandwick, getting back to my roots with Microsoft.
You’ve been doing tech PR for a while now. What kind of technologies do you find yourself geeking out over most frequently?
Wearables — specifically my FitBit, which you’ll find always on me. I may be a bit obsessive about getting my steps in, and mostly competing (read: beating) my friends. As far as geeking out, I normally find myself geeking out over products and services I’m close to because of my clients. For example, I never knew I could be so fascinated by networking hardware (routers, switches, stacks and all!) until working in the industry.
Proudest professional moment so far?
I’ve had the opportunity to work on several large-scale global thought leadership campaigns for my previous clients. The campaigns I’ve taken the most pride in are the ones that started as a PR idea and later grew into company-wide initiatives that helped drive the narrative for the company across business groups. It’s easy for PR to get siloed strictly in communications, but when you can break through and develop a campaign that reaches all parts of the business and truly addresses a customer need, not only is it more effective, it’s way more rewarding to be a part of.
What drew you to Weber Shandwick?
The people and its reputation in the marketplace. Every person I’ve met here, whether current employees or alums, have all had such great things to say about the firm and this office specifically.
Where can we find you on a typical weekend?
Likely at a game. I’m a Sounders and Husky football season ticket holder, so I am often found in one of those two stadiums — or at Safeco for a sunny day M’s game. If our teams are away, I’m out and about in Seattle — whether finding a new hike, relaxing at a good coffee shop or enjoying one of our many amazing restaurants (preferably one with a good whiskey cocktail menu) in the city. I live downtown so I am always dodging tourists and walking somewhere.