Post written by Blaine Dunford
WebNotes turns the spotlight on member Kelly Stoll, a Senior Strategic Communications Specialist for AECOM. Kelly discusses her role at AECOM (www.aecom.com) and why she decided to work in public relations.
Learn more about Kelly through this Member Focus.
Your job title and brief job description: Senior Strategic Communications Specialist at AECOM. AECOM is an engineering firm that designs, builds, finances, operates and manages projects around the world. A group of communicators, most with agency backgrounds, functions as a boutique PR firm within the larger corporation making highly technical information easily understandable to communities and stakeholders.
Hometown: Timonium, MD
Currently reside: Manchester, PA
Education: West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in journalism. My concentrations were news editorial and public relations.
Why did you choose a career in communications/PR? I started as a business major in college and after my first accounting class, I was certain I was not going to do well working on spreadsheets for a living. I was fortunate enough to have talked to family friends and work associates of my parents. That is when I discovered public relations.
How has being a member of PRSA benefited you? Because of career and geography, my participation in the chapter has fluctuated. However, I’m always able to get back the relationships I’ve built through the chapter. I learn from others and am always able to take something away from one of the education opportunities we offer.
Who is your role model and why? That’s a tough one. I admire so many qualities about a variety of different people. My parents are the ones who instilled my work ethic and commitment to honoring my word. I also look at many everyday people and see perseverance. I also look to the creative people, like Walt Disney, who dare us to dream big.
Passions/interests/hobbies? I am involved with bulldog rescue. I also volunteer in the fall/winter for the local Toys for Tots campaign. In addition, I let my creative side out by doing craft projects and photography.
Best piece of advice received: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.