Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvette.
Yvette, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from Rosedale, Queens who always had a love for the ocean, sand, and sun. I was always the one with the gift of gab and planning. I originally thought I wanted to go into politics when I was in college. After interning with a Congressman while in school, that all changed. I was fortunate enough to get a position at the United States Environmental Project Agency as a Community Liason and that started my career in public relations. After working with them for five years, I started my own company Harris Public Relations. Not realizing two years prior while helping my friends with PR that I really already had a company, just not in the formal sense. I love, love what I do. I consider it an honor and blessing to be able to help craft those stories, that might not get as much or any attention for that matter. Culturally driven, community-minded is the tagline for my company. I think it speaks perfectly to who I am and what the narrative of my own life and company are. I can’t believe it has been 22 years since I started my company. I think I have gotten into a nice groove, but I learn something new every day about the world of PR. I read everything to stay ahead. The day my passion winds down for what I do will be the day, I do something else. But for now, I am happy and fulfilled.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth bumps. Haha. Yes for sure struggles and missteps but I would not change it for the world. It has helped me build the core of who I am and the narrative of Harris Public Relations. Those moments have helped me gain confidence and realize that if I put my all into it, positive results will come about. I learned quite a bit about myself along the way as well.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Harris Public Relations – what should we know?
Harris Public Relations is small, boutique public relations company. We specialize in helping arts and culture organizations, nonprofits, small business, youth, individuals, and special events tell their story. I think what sets us apart is that we have are extremely hands-on and help to really craft unique angles to the story. We also pride ourselves on being a resource to media outlets.
I am most proud of how our company make sure those positive stories are told about communities that sometimes media only focuses on the negative aspects. We make sure to provide awesome story angles, to help balance out those not so great stories.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I credit my parents for my early introduction to hard work, perseverance, confidence. I credit them solely to my sticktoitiveness personality. They taught me to always believe in myself and if I work hard, it would pay off. My mom was one of my biggest cheerleaders and helped me believe that I could do anything I set my mind to.
I have always had very strong women friendships and mentors who have helped me along the way-cheered me when I did well and let me know that I needed to make changes when I needed to make changes. smiles.
Lastly, my daughter deserves a great deal of credit. I think I really came full circle when I became her mother.She teaches me daily about gratitutude, living life to the fullest and taking time to let people you care about know that you love them. She has also taught me about accepting me for me, my flaws, my good and all that comes with me being me. It has been an eye opening, laughter -filled journey these past 10 years.
This all shaped who I am today, which is why I believe in mentoring and sharing with young people and others so that they will also pass the torch at some point and help and mentor someone else along the way.
- Website: www.harrispublicrelations.com.
- Phone: 786.897.8854
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @YvetteHarrisPR