PR Profiles: A Dialog with Abbi Whitaker, President of The Abbi Company  

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“One of the best factor about being in PR is you’ll be able to change the dialog,” says Abbi Whitaker, President of The Abbi Company in Reno, Nevada. Acknowledged as a 2020 High Girl in PR by PRNEWS, Abbi began her company virtually 14 years in the past after noticing a void for “actually considerate PR” in Nevada. “It was in the course of the top of the recession, and I left a tremendous job with wonderful folks,” says Abbi. “My husband and I took out a second mortgage on our home to have the ability to pay for what I wanted. It was positively a little bit ‘grin and bear it’ for some time.”

PR PROFILESAbbi’s danger certain paid off. Her company is 42 folks sturdy and throughout the previous two years has acquired a digital agency to develop their internet choices and a visible agency to develop images and video. Whereas the company supplies varied communications companies, one among their specialties is purpose-driven advertising, a topic which Abbi wrote an article about in Forbes final yr. The thought on the coronary heart of purpose-driven advertising is that, “Any firm, company, or model ought to take a look at how they will affect the world in a greater means.”

Abbi and her group look intently at their shoppers’ DEI and sustainability initiatives to place them as an even bigger and optimistic presence in their house, whether or not that’s tech, tourism, or one other trade. Abbi cites a marketing campaign they ran for one among their tourism shoppers for example of purpose-driven advertising: “A few of our vacation spot shoppers had been overrun with vacationers who hadn’t essentially been within the mountains or the lakes or deserts. These vacationers didn’t know tips on how to have the very best time whereas having the least attainable affect. So, we did numerous campaigns that actually centered on how one can be a greater vacationer.” For his or her tech shoppers, Abbi says, “We’re actually working with them on how variety and inclusion generally is a core worth.”

Abbi not solely needed to characterize shoppers who’ve a optimistic affect, she needed her company to have a optimistic affect too. “I used to be main what I needed to do from a philanthropic standpoint and that’s not good firm tradition,” says Abbi. “It ought to come from the folks inside your company and the issues that they’re keen about. So, we’ve a committee referred to as the Do Good Stuff Committee and we come collectively, and we discuss in regards to the issues that we are able to work on as a group.”

The committee has not too long ago morphed with the thrilling information that The Abbi Company has turn into a Licensed B Company. “We came upon about six weeks in the past that we’re B Corp licensed,” says Abbi. “I’m tremendous pleased with that. It was an extended street, however it’s going to hold me accountable and actionable and ensure that we hold doing good work that makes our group, our state, and the place we dwell and work higher.”

The B Corp certification is an extension of the tradition and practices Abbi has fostered in her company for years. “I really like to make use of PR for the ability of excellent and to make long run change,” says Abbi.

The total interview with Abbi is offered as a podcast or on the Agility PR Options YouTube channel.