Kellie Flaherty

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Kellie Flaherty Walker Sands

Kellie is a media relations specialist, specializing in the enterprise software and professional services industries. She crafts newsworthy story ideas to conduct media outreach and establish her B2B clients as thought leaders in their space. Kellie also generates contributed content, blog posts and press materials to meet clients’ individual messaging and PR goals.

During her time at Walker Sands, Kellie has established and maintained valuable reporter relationships. As a result of her media outreach, her clients have been featured in MSNBC, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur and more.

Prior to joining the Walker Sands team, Kellie held an in-house PR role at a Chicago-based tech company where she managed social media accounts, wrote blog content and secured regular radio and newspaper media placements. Kellie graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in business administration. She also served as the editor-in-chief of The Vidette, ISU’s student-run newspaper, where she gained significant writing and editorial experience.

Growing up, Kellie performed Irish dance for eight years and will occasionally break out the jig if requested.

Q&A with Kellie Flaherty

What is your favorite book of all time?

The entire Harry Potter series because it’s a timeless saga that I grew up reading and still enjoy today.

What TV or movie character best exemplifies you and why?

Lily from “How I Met Your Mother.” She’s bubbly, caring and makes impulsive shopping decisions.

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

I’d have to go with my favorite summer treat, Rainbow Cone in Beverly.

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

I’m a caffeine-fueled human, so I’d have to go with Starbucks. This is an especially obvious choice if chai tea lattes are included.

The funniest thing to ever happen to you at Walker Sands was?

Before an introductory lunch, we started a Google doc where we were asked to draft questions for one of the PR teams. Instead, it turned into a Bridesmaids/Mean Girls quote-off along with some “Would You Rather” questions.

One thing people wouldn't know about you is?

I love to craft and make homemade gifts for my friends and family.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?

Florence, Italy. After studying abroad there for a summer in college, I discovered it’s a hub to some of my favorite things – carbs, wine and art. 

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