MarketingMel won the woman-owned business category of the recent 2014 CenturyLink Faith in the Future Awards. While it’s always nice to win awards, I am much more delighted about the REASON I was selected, namely, my faith in the future of the next generation of Public Relations professionals. My intern, Alex Quillin, nominated me for this award. While Alex had class and could not attend the actual ceremony that day (my husband was kind enough to join me), here is an excerpt from her winning nomination. Thank you Alex and thank you to the four “alumni” that have gone on before you and moved into successful communications careers at Visit Knoxville, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Nestle Purina and Cumberland Marketing. Alex, you’re in great company and I know you’re going to do great things too!
I am so excited to be able to work with MarketingMel. She has provided me with hands on opportunities to work on events, create press releases and meet realworld public relations practitioners. Mel has introduced me to many women who own their own communications businesses or who work as PR professionals for businesses in the region. This internship is preparing me for my future career, and it is laying a foundation crucial to my success. I feel more confident than ever with my PR abilities, thanks to MarketingMel.
2012-2013 MarketingMel Intern Kristen Pierce, now in public relations for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, said this about Mary Ellen Miller: “You have sparked and inspired a passion for the public relations profession in not just me but several other “newbies,” as well. I think it takes a special person to be able to teach and cultivate young talent. For me, your patience and understanding combined with your genuine want to help us navigate ‘real world’ PR ignited my passion for PR!”
Because Mel has been blessed with wonderful mentors in her life, she wants to give back to her community in every way possible. Since founding her business in 2009, her #1 method of giving back to the community is mentoring bright, young women who are rising public relations majors at East Tennessee State University.