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Please Join Me In Welcoming Maggie!

For the past two years, I’ve wished I had a Maggie on my team.

I first met Maggie in 2007, back when I still worked at a PR agency. She joined our team as an intern, and to this day, I’ve never worked with someone that matched the speed at which she picked up new skills, the initiative she showed, and her fearlessness in asking for what she needed to get the job done.

I was Maggie’s supervisor, and I relied on her completely.

Maggie was hired on, but we didn’t get to work together as long as I’d have liked. I left the agency just 9 months later. But, thanks in large part to that initiative I mentioned, we stayed in touch.

She’d email me whenever she had a big media win (I still have the email when she told me about her first experience with the Today show), list me as a reference when she was changing jobs, and occasionally call me for career advice. We didn’t communicate regularly, but I was always happy to see her name pop up in my inbox. I was proud that she’d gone on to do such great work, first for Aspire, a nonprofit helping children and adults with disabilities, and then for the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Even though it’s not exactly fair to count someone else’s accomplishments as your own, with Maggie, I kinda did. Her wins over the years felt like my wins. It even feels good to let you know that, in many ways, Maggie’s hit list surpasses my own. She’s worked with Oprah’s network, Today, the New York Times and Time — just to name a few. She was even brought on by the Sun-Times to train their staff on Twitter strategies. Girl’s got major chops.

If you subscribe to my email updates, you know where this is going.

Last Monday, Maggie Hassler joined my team. Never in a zillion years did I think I’d actually get to work with her again, but here she is at our first pow-wow!

Maggie Hassler

Maggie’s official title is Account Director, which is just a fancy way of saying that her main role is working one-on-one with innovators, thought leaders and problems solvers to get the word out. She’s also helping me to expand the Your Media Map program to include a series of bootcamps around topics like getting your first column, how to pitch yourself as an expert, and creating your media collateral.

I’ve invited Maggie to write a blog post on why she’s joining me in building a renegade PR agency, so I won’t steal her moment. For now, I’d love it if you joined me in giving Maggie a warm welcome to the community.

  

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