Emily Shirden relocated from Chicago to Detroit in 2014 to help build Finn Partners, which now employs nearly 20 full-time communications professionals. With over 15 years in the PR biz and particular experience with national health organizations, she was recently acknowledged as a "PR Guru" by pharmaceutical marketing journal PM360.
Stephanie Steinberg is the managing editor of monthly lifestyle magazine Neighborhood SEEN. She was also a features reporter for the Detroit News and a health and finance editor at U.S. News and World Report. Her favorite interview was with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis while riding a duck boat tour in Boston.
Julie Fracker is the communications director for the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. When Julie worked in media relations for Kmart, she took calls from national media after the company stopped selling handgun ammunition – a decision influenced by Michael Moore after he showed up in the company's headquarters to film a scene for his documentary Bowling for Columbine.
Freelance writers need every ounce of inspiration to earn a buck or two and keep going when things get tough. Here’s what Pam Houghton learned from Michigan-based movie-makers at an AWC Detroit program back in 2010 that has stuck with her.
Jessica McCall is a vice president of marketing and external affairs for Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. She has also used her talents to serve in city, state and presidential administrations and campaigns. She recently returned to Detroit where she will continue her life's work - improving the lives of others.