Tarana has two master's degrees in communications and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration. She also displays an entrepreneurial streak through her online bridal accessory and jewelry business. Another sideline is her work as voice-over talent.
Elizabeth Russell earned a graduate degree in communications from Grand Valley State University, and works at the university's Detroit branch, overseeing daily operations. She is also the author of two yet-to-be-published children's books.
Anjelica is a recent Wayne State grad who works in PR with clients in manufacturing, retail, utility and non-profit industries. She was the first web intern for Hour Detroit, and one of her first college newspaper stories was shared 250 times within 24 hours.
Cindy Orlandi is a retired PR and marketing executive who is still pursuing her passions in writing and volunteer work. AWC-Detroit's Little Libraries initiative in Detroit inspired her to donate copies of her book, which benefits a favorite cause, animal rescue.
Lydia is responsible for course management and communications for an online public health program at Michigan State University. She is currently working on a master's degree in strategic communications at MSU and loves helping friends and associates with creative media.
In celebration of her company’s 30th anniversary, Ann K. Bruttell, founder and president of Troy-based Meeting Coordinators, Inc., shares her event management experience and recalls her most challenging assignments.
Renata has an MBA from the University of New York in Prague, a master's in biology and chemistry, and a long history working in the pharmaceutical industry. She recently moved to the Greater Detroit area after her husband's job transfer in the auto industry. She is eager to apply her skills to digital marketing and looks forward to participating in volunteer organizations like AWC Detroit!
Emily Shirden relocated from Chicago to Detroit in 2014 to help build the Detroit office of 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.