Welcome to the “The Ask,” a content series that gets up close and personal with the people of Weber Shandwick Seattle. This month, we spent some time getting to know Laura Miller, our resident bug expert and media maven. Here’s what went down:
Hi, Laura! What do you do at Weber? What’s an average day for you?
I’ve been told I’m the loudest client whisperer there ever was. Accordingly, a large part of my day is liaising between clients and our internal teams to make sure the work is stellar, on target and on time. You’ll also find me doing traditional media outreach and relationship building, developing media strategies and drafting bylines. And overusing the word “folks” when referring to groups of two or more people.
Remind me again: How long have you been with Weber?
About 5 years (including my internship at Weber Chicago).
How has it changed since you first started?
In the olden days, we trudged five miles through ten feet of snow just to get to the kitchen … jk. I’ve seen Weber become more attuned to its employees’ passion projects. When exploring potential clients and industries, we ask what we want to work on — drones? Robots? Mountain climbers? Electric scooters? (Note: we’ve worked on all of these.)
Passion projects. I dig it. Tell me about your best day at Weber so far. Was it bug related?
How did you know???
Because I’ve met you. What’s the story?
In 2015, I was selected to participate in Weber Shandwick’s No Boundaries program to pursue my interest in insect photography. The program offers a select group of Weberites a stipend and an extra week of PTO to engage in a personally and professionally enriching activity outside the office. For my project, I went to Austin, TX, for an insect/macro photography workshop with some of the most well-known experts in the industry. (Yes, there really is an insect photography world and I swear I was not the nerdiest person there.)
Nice! Can you show us some of your stuff?
For sure. They’re on my Flickr right here.
What else should we know about you?
I’m basically a walking REI ad: I like to hike, camp, bike, play soccer and box (yes I get hit, no I don’t fight in official matches).
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone new to Seattle?
I’m from Illinois, so I say channel your inner Midwesterner and be super friendly! Smile and say hi to your neighbors, your letter carrier, your baristas, your bus drivers and even the folks you pass on your walk to work. While you may creep some people out, I’m willing to bet at least three cows and seven ears of corn that your friendliness will be contagious.
Can you give us a silly insect pun before you go?
Gnat on your life.