Gabriella Heekin

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Gabriella Heekin, Walker Sands

Gabriella is an experienced media relations specialist, working on the retail technology team with clients like MyWebGrocer, Label Insight and Feedvisor. Her focus is building reporter relationships and securing top-tier and trade media placements for her clients. 

Gabriella is responsible for executing media relations strategies that align with her clients’ messaging and establish them as thought leaders in their respective fields. Her clients have been featured in media outlets such as CNBC, USA Today and Bloomberg. 

Prior to joining Walker Sands, Gabriella gained experience in marketing, research, content management and media relations through previous marketing and public relations positions. 

Gabriella earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Miami University. After graduation, Gabriella spent time teaching English in Chile. 

Q&A with Gabriella Heekin

What is your favorite book of all time? 

It's too hard to pick an all time favorite because it's always changing, but my favorite book at the moment is The Goldfinch. 

What is your favorite place in Chicago that isn't a typical tourist destination?

I love the 606 / Bloomingdale Trail.

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

Both would be dangerous, but I'd have to go with Starbucks. 

One thing people in the world wouldn't know about you? I love elephants. 

If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be? Lake Leelanau, Michigan 

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