Allison Ward

Account Director

Allison Ward, Walker Sands

Allison manages a group of clients in the electronics, startup and fintech practice areas. As an account director, Allison is heavily involved with program strategy and execution, spearheading project management and program measurement and reporting, ensuring the team’s efforts are on time, on budget and above expectations. 

Allison’s integrated programs have earned recognition from the Public Relations Society of America and the Publicity Club of Chicago. Allison’s client experience includes work with Worldpay, Newark element14, Points, ThreatMetrix and others. Allison has eight years of experience in both B2B and B2C public relations, and her clients have enjoyed attention from outlets including CNN, Yahoo! News, Huffington Post and TIME Magazine. 

Allison is a regular attendee at industry conferences, including the Wearable Technology Conference, Techweek and Money 20/20. She once led Walker Sands in an “hour of code” and is passionate about STEM education programs, especially for young girls and in underserved areas of the country.

Before joining Walker Sands in 2013, Allison served as the community and brand manager for K&N Restaurant Group in Austin, Texas. Prior to which, she started her career as a brand ambassador for Oscar Mayer, where she learned the ins and outs of eloquently speaking on behalf of a brand, enabling her to create the robust media training program enjoyed by Walker Sands’ clients today.

Allison earned her bachelor's degree in communication from Michigan State University, where she specialized in public relations and business. She spent a year in the driver’s seat of the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which explains her affinity for hot dogs, traveling the world and talking to strangers as if they’re old friends. 


Q&A with Allison Ward

One thing people wouldn't know about you is:

I have a spoon collection from places I've been.

What is your favorite book of all time?

Water for Elephants made me consider running away and joining the circus.

What is your favorite account to follow on Twitter?

@RedEyeChicago for all my extracurricular needs.

Interesting previous jobs?

I spent a year behind the windshield of a 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog, as a "Hotdogger," driving the world famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and spreading miles of smiles coast to coast!

Would you rather have the office stocked 24/7 with Starbucks coffee or Garrett's popcorn?

Trick question: Taco Bell. I'm not afraid to say that I love it. My friends in Texas would give me a hard time about this, but you just can't beat a gordita.

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