Myreete Wolford: Making a Name for Herself and Having Fun in Public Relations

David Gallagher’s #PRCareerLauncher series today features one of my favorite young professionals, Myreete Woolford. Thanks, David, for allowing me to share these Q&As with Culpwrit readers. This post is filled with great job search and career insights. Myreete Wolford

“…I knew that if I wanted to succeed here, I’d have to make a name for myself and breakthrough in an authentic way.”

These brief ‘career launcher’ profiles introduce readers to different people I’ve had the privilege of meeting at Ketchum or in the wider world of PR, and while they’re all well-received, the ones that usually get the gushing feedback are on those who are relatively new to the agency world and whose enthusiasm and personal experience are simply infectious.  Meet Myreete Wolford.

Name: Myreete Wolford (No middle name. My first name is a combination of my grandmother’s names, Myrtle and Ethel. J).

Job: Assistant Account Executive for Business Development and Brand, Ketchum Chicago

Twitter: @MyreeteW

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Current city: Chicago, IL

The name! I’ve been meaning to ask for a while but couldn’t find a polite way. Thank you.  I know, I know.

How did you find your way into PR and more importantly, Ketchum?

My university roommate was changing her major because she didn’t fit the profile of a PR pro – someone who enjoys organization, planning, writing, etc. – but that seemed to describe me perfectly. I didn’t realize, until I switched into public relations, that The University of Alabama was a Top 5 US PRWeek program and would give me the connections to make my way to Ketchum. I did everything I could to get hired at Ketchum. I applied for 14 positions at eight different Ketchum offices all around the globe, but didn’t get an interview until I brought Ketchum’s Mindfire program to my PRSSA chapter. I was so dedicated to the program that I gained enough points for an informational interview with Ketchum Midwest Director Bill Zucker. Thanks to an opportune follow-up with a PRDaily piece, which I had secured based on my conversation with Bill, and a few recommendations from The Plank Center’s board members, my informational interview turned into a formal one and then an official offer landing me an offer in the Chicago office.

Lucky for us, you’re tenacious. What were you worried about, if anything, when starting at a big agency? 

I knew Ketchum was big, but the people I had met made it seem tangible and accessible. I was excited about the opportunities that came with a global firm, but I knew that if I wanted to succeed here, I’d have to make a name for myself and breakthrough in an authentic way.

What advice do you have for those in school thinking about a career in PR?

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