1. WHAT DO YOU DO AT MERRITT GROUP?
I am an Account Coordinator in Merritt Group’s Security Practice. As an AC, I am responsible for media relations, content development and account management for my clients.
2. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST MOMENT – WHETHER IN WORK, SCHOOL OR PR – SO FAR?
I wouldn’t say I have one single greatest moment, but I have a few that I reflect on that make me smile. One of my greatest moments is when I graduated from Virginia Tech. Walking across the stage and not only hearing, but seeing all those people who have supported me in the crowd was a great feeling. Soon after was another greatest moment; the moment I was offered my first post-graduation job at Merritt Group.
3. WHO DO YOU LOVE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER AND WHY?
I love to follow @Virginia_Tech on twitter. It helps me stay in the know about my alma mater so that I can support my community post-graduation. The best communities are those that continue to support and cheer on each other away from the place that brought them together.
4. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?
Although it sounds lame, my favorite piece of technology is my MacBook. I’m definitely an Apple person. I think it is important to always be learning, so at any given moment I can research a topic so that I am more informed. Also, I use my computer as a literary tool; I use it to borrow library books digitally. It is amazing what the Internet holds.
5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA?
My favorite thing about living in the Washington D.C. area is that there is always something to do no matter what mood you’re in. When I want to have a high energy day, there are several local trails and hikes such as the Billy Goat Trail. If I’m looking for a leisurely afternoon, there are numerous museums on any given topic. My personal favorites are the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the Newseum. And, if I’m feeling exceptionally lazy, but still social, Washington has the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals and Wizards games to attend.
6. WHAT'S THE BEST BOOK YOU'VE READ RECENTLY?
I’m really into thriller novels - things that keep me reading until 3 a.m. when I can no longer keep my eyes open from exhaustion or I’ve finished the book. That being said, the best book I’ve read recently is Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places.
7. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MERRITT GROUP MEMORY?
My favorite Merritt Group memory is this year’s Security Boot Camp day that team leads Julia and Michelle set up for the security team. We spent the day exploring everything in the cybersecurity industry, learning skills from our PR pro’s at MG. We got to talk to top-tier reporters including Tim Wilson from Dark Reading, Fahmida Rashid from InfoWorld, Steve Ragan from CSO and Megan Hughes from ABC News, about best media relations practices and relationship building. It was a great experience that I was glad to be apart of.