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Payal Pathak

Vice President of Public Relations

"Where there is a woman there is magic."

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Payal is a Vice President of Public Relations at Walker Sands, where — in addition to overseeing PR programs for fintech and cybersecurity companies — she helps to run the department out of the firm’s Chicago office.

Since joining the company in 2013, Payal has helped clients establish credibility, build brand awareness, expand into new markets and announce key milestones such as acquisitions and product launches. Payal also developed the media training program offered at Walker Sands today, which provides in-depth interview coaching to executives. Her work has been recognized by both the Publicity Club of Chicago and Public Relations Society of America.

Payal is an honors graduate of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she also completed her certification in public relations. Her background is in journalism as a reporter, desk editor and radio producer.

She speaks four languages.


  • Reporting & measurement
  • Media training
  • Project management
  • Product launches
  • Bollywood music


  • Media relations
  • Technical writing
  • Public speaking
  • Google Analytics
  • Color coding


  • Traveling
  • Indian cuisine
  • Crime novels
  • Hiking
  • Red wine

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