Edelman’s Jay Porter: ‘You Don’t Have to Leave to Get Your Next Adventure’

Q. What is next for Jay Porter?

A: It’s hard to say. I plan to be at Edelman for a really long time. Would I work on the client side or run a company that is smaller and needs my help in the future? Maybe. But for now, I want to continue to work here. I love the people, I love my job and there is still a lot more to do. One of the great things about this company is we are really good at making sure that you don’t have to leave Edelman to get your next adventure.

JAY’S FUN FACTS

  • Who inspires you? Michelle Obama
  • How would you describe yourself in one word? Interested
  • Something that is true that almost nobody agrees with you on? “Y’all.” I’m from Oklahoma and “y’all” is an incredibly important addition to the English language.
  • Last book read? Hamilton
  • What advice do you give to new college graduates who want to start a career in PR? Read everything.
  • What is something that you can’t live without? Coffee
  • How do you like your coffee? It has to be 20°F before I stop drinking iced coffee. I like a cold brew, extra ice, and a little bit of milk. A few years ago however, when I was working with Starbucks, my go-to drink was six shots of espresso over ice with a little bit of milk. When your Starbucks clients are frightened of your order, you know you have a problem. Eventually, I downgraded it to just one shot.

melanie-mills  Melanie Mills, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a graduate student at DePaul University. She interviewed Edelman’s Jay Porter as part of the Chicago Agencies course. This is eighth in a series of agency leader interviews.

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