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Get to Know Kayla

July 8, 2024

This is a photo of Kayla Hannemann.Impact PR & Communications recently promoted Kayla Hannemann to account executive.

Kayla joined our team in September 2022 as a public relations assistant while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Marist College. She recently advanced her education, earning an M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications, also from Marist College. She’s put that earned, shared and owned media expertise to work on a variety of client accounts, including our own social media and blog. Notably, Kayla has authored a contributed article for PR News, co-presented before Dutchess Tourism on public relations and served as the sole speaker for an event with the Women’s Enterprise Development Center. She holds certifications in Google Analytics, HubSpot and Salesforce, and is a member of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce. Her commitment to embracing what’s next and remaining curious embodies our firm’s value of looking forward and thinking forward.

 

To celebrate Kayla’s recent promotion and her other professional accomplishments, we sat down to ask her a few questions.

Continue reading to learn more about Kayla Hannemann!

What are your favorite aspects of the PR industry?

My favorite aspect of the PR industry is telling stories. Whether it’s sharing news around a recent achievement, anniversary or expansion, highlighting a business’ or individual’s area of expertise, or creatively sharing content on social media, I love thoughtfully connecting people, places and ideas with others.

I also enjoy the challenges associated with public relations. There’s nothing more rewarding than pitching an idea to a publication and then earning, or securing, a placement. That kind of excitement never gets old!

What do you love about Impact PR?

My favorite thing about Impact PR is the company culture – I have never been in such a supportive work environment. It’s so comforting to know that each team member has my back and wants me to succeed.

I also love the flexibility of our office model. I’ve had the privilege to work from Florence, Italy, and all over the U.S. – New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Mexico…the list goes on and on!

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

I’m excited to further master my writing, pitching and media relations skills, among others, and to continue to grow with our agency. I’ve learned so much since starting at Impact, but I know that I have a long way to go.

I’m also eager to work more directly with our clients and the media. It’s so gratifying to help clients reach their goals, and it’s even more rewarding when those results are earned, not paid for.

When you’re not dominating the PR industry, how do you unwind?

I love spending time outside, exploring antique stores, or going to a farmers’ market and then making a home-cooked meal (bonus points if the meal is fresh pasta and homemade sauce, with Jersey tomatoes, of course!).

What advice would you give to aspiring young professionals?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The people around you have more experience than you can imagine, and they’ve been exactly where you are. In my experience, asking questions is the easiest way to learn, grow and move forward.