President and Partner
As the Vice President of Talent, Allison oversees human resources and learning & development, and is charged with recruiting all of the awesome people who work here, building the company culture, and making Walker Sands a better "Best Place to Work." She is focused on ensuring our employees have access to all the resources necessary to do great work for our clients, continuing to learn and grow in their careers, and feel supported as people and professionals.
Allison's passion is in creating inclusive policies to support our team in and outside the workplace. She is responsible for Walker Sands' fully-paid 12-week family leave policy and the employee resource group, Walker Sands Supports Working Parents, and has made it a personal mission to help every new parent at Walker Sands feel prepared and supported when welcoming a baby before, during and after leave. She is also involved with our DEI efforts and is responsible for supporting and coaching managers across the agency and helping employees navigate challenging situations.
Prior to her current role, Allison spent seven years at Walker Sands on the services side of the business. She has experience across a number of industries with a specialization in fintech, electronics, and HR tech. She also has more than 10 years of experience in both B2B and B2C public relations, leading large integrated content marketing, web and video projects for several clients and creating award-winning campaigns that span marketing channels.
Passionate about STEM education programs, especially for young girls and in underserved areas of the country, Allison serves as the PR/Marketing partner for the Illinois Technology Association Women Influence Chicago Initiative and once led Walker Sands in an “hour of code".
Before joining Walker Sands in 2013, Allison served as the community and brand manager for a 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. Immediately following graduation, 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.