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Leaders of the Pack: Summer Edition

The hustle doesn’t stop just because the UV index is 10.

By: Gracie Hamby

Ah, remember when summer meant beach trips with family, day trips with friends, and pool cookouts⁠? Weren’t those days nice? There’s something that made those summers especially nostalgic and extraordinary. 

Well, those summer days are now behind us. Now, we spend our summer days interning, taking classes, or enrolling in certification programs. If we are lucky, the weekend means 2 well-deserved days of relaxation and serenity. 

Check out all the amazing things our board has been up to this summer.

Kate Lee, Co-Director 

Kate is staying busy this summer working on the communications team for a local election campaign. She is primarily responsible for creating and monitoring the campaign’s social media posts. She’s also participating in a program on brand strategy. This summer as Talking Dog’s Co-Director, Kate has been organizing and conducting virtual meetings to work closely with all Talking Dog board members to formalize plans for the upcoming school year—meaning dozens of Slack messages and endless collaboration on Google docs. Six feet apart and in an open area, Kate looks forward to catching up with her college friends over a cup of coffee soon.

Thomas McMullen, Co-Director 

Thomas is making the most of his summer by taking classes through UGA and enrolling in a Creative Portfolio Mini Class with Weiden + Kennedy advertising agency. Besides that, Thomas is participating in Honors CURO research with the SEE Suite all summer. As Talking Dog’s Co-Director, Thomas serves as the lasision between our board and Grady College, and makes sure everyone is meeting deadlines throughout the summer. He says that his favorite part about remote learning is being able to expand his learning sphere globally! Now, Thomas has gotten the opportunity to take classes with creatives on the West coast and even participate in research for a PR firm in Brazil. 

Jordan Gayle, Co-Director of Member Relations and Recruitment

Due to the current pandemic, Jordan’s summer account management internship in Charlotte, North Carolina was cancelled. Jordan has remained positive and productive by networking on LinkedIn, updating her portfolio, and researching job opportunities that she might be interested in applying to after she graduates in December. Since she doesn’t plan to move back home after she graduates, she has enjoyed the unexpected time spent with her family in Savannah, Georgia. As Co-Director of Recruitment for Talking Dog, Jordan has been very busy planning and researching ideas for recruitment taking into account the possibility of a remote agency environment in the Fall.

Nina Banyani, Co-Director of Member Relations and Recruitment

This summer, from 11:00-4:00 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, you can find Nina interning for Baby Robot Media, a music publicity and media agency. When she’s not interning, she can be found taking part in the PR Council's Agency Ready Certificate Program and doing other certification programs such as courses on Muck Rack Academy. Since working from home, Nina has found it the most difficult to not overwork herself, and remind herself to take breaks. This school year, she is looking most forward to advising all ‘20-’21 Talking Dog PR Specialists. 

Maya Moreschi, Director of New Business and Client Relations

Three days a week from 10:00-2:00, you can find Maya interning remotely for WMA Creative Agency as a marketing and social media intern. She spends most of her work days developing social media reports, researching digital marketing trends, and curating new ideas for WMA’s client campaigns. As Director of New Business and Client Relations, Maya has been working extremely hard this summer developing Talking Dog’s ‘20-’21 client roster. She is already anticipating the official client reveal day in the Fall! Business aside, she has planned a beach and a camping trip with a small group of friends for the end of summer. 

Shana Hall, Co-Creative Director 

Shana is working for Engage, an Atlanta based marketing company, as a summer creative intern each week for 15-20 hours. In this role, she creates brand kits and logos, designs ads, and photographs products for their clients. While she juggles taking two summer classes at UGA, Shana is also taking part in Publicis Health Academy, a mentorship-like program the company designed to replace their internship program that was canceled. During quarantine, Shana has had fun creating an Instagram to showcase her designs and illustrations. Shana’s biggest tip to adjusting to WFH life is to make a routine and stick to it! 

Sierra Middleton, Co-Creative Director 

For 10-20 hours each week this summer, Sierra interns with Hinge Creative Co. as a graphic design intern. During quarantine, she took 1 Maymester class, but focused primarily on making polymer clay and seed bead earrings in hopes to open her own Etsy shop soon. Together, Sierra and Shana are working together to give Talking Dog’s social media channels a “face-lift” this summer. Sierra thinks that the worst part of working from home is that there is less of a collaborative nature as a group because it’s harder to brainstorm together over the phone or on video. However, whenever Sierra isn’t working this summer, she plans on taking hiking trips, enjoying nature, and appreciating all that Georgia has to offer! 

Gracie Hamby, Director of Communications 

Gracie is putting in the hours this summer as she works remotely for Colonial Pipeline Company as a Corporate Communications intern. Managing the company’s social media content calendar, compiling social media metrics, and writing internal stories are just a few of the things she can be found doing from 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. Besides that, this summer for Talking Dog, Gracie is developing the blog, creating a media kit, and managing the agency’s messaging. She has enjoyed the unexpected time spent at home relaxing by the pool, but looks forward to recruiting new pups in the Fall. 

Ally Gray, Director of Media

Ally has taken on a full load this summer as she balances a remote, 40 hours a week event marketing internship with Mailchimp, serves as VP of Event Management for her sorority, and takes a New Media Design class. This summer for Talking Dog, Ally has been working closely with our Creative Directors and Director of Communications to ensure that Talking Dog's creativity, passion, and ambition shine through all of our online platforms. In her free time, she has enjoyed learning (and failing⁠— she adds) new tik tok dances with friends and has loved the flexibility that WFH life offers! However, Ally says that the hardest part of working from home is not getting burnt out after being behind a computer screen for 8 hours each day.

Shruti Anand, Director of Fetch

Shruti is rocking multiple hats this summer as she interns at a family friend’s start-up dating service company called BanyanWay, takes 2 summer classes, and preps for the ‘20-’21 Talking Dog Fetch team. This summer as an intern, Shruti is focused on rebranding the start-up’s social media, developing a newsletter template for them to use, and helping implement advertisements for their services. While at home during quarantine, Shruti has picked up a new-found hobby of playing piano and rekindled her old habits of annoying her little sister whenever she’s bored!

Stephanie Lopez, Director of Production 

This summer, Stephanie has focused on freshening up her personal brand by updating her resume and LinkedIn account. While she has extra downtime on her hands, she plans to prioritize growing her Youtube channel by posting content on a more frequent basis. As Director of Production, she has been creating and editing videos to integrate on Talking Dog’s social media outlets this summer. Stephanie’s biggest struggle transitioning to WFH life has been finding a quiet space without distractions to work. She’s most excited to add new pups to the Talking Dog family in the Fall.

Soha Imam, Director of Intern Relations 

This summer, Soha is working as a digital marketing assistant for Liberty White, CEO of Chozen Media. Some of her tasks include creating content calendars for Liberty’s personal brand, researching client contracts, and video editing. As Director of Intern of Relations, she has been planning what the Talking Dog intern application and interview process will look like for the Fall. Soha has enjoyed the last few months at home with her family, and has discovered that she spends less money while living at home. However, she says that the most challenging part of being at home is resisting the urge to sleep all day!

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