/Founder and CEO
Allison manages a group of clients in a number of industries with a specialization in fintech, electronics, and HRtech. As a vice president of public relations and partner, Allison serves as a senior strategic counsel to her team including program strategy and execution, project management, campaign planning, program measurement and reporting, and serving as a marketing consultant to clients. She is responsible for building and growing relationships with clients’ senior marketing leaders and ensuring the team’s efforts are contributing to business goals.
Allison’s integrated programs have earned recognition from the Public Relations Society of America, the Publicity Club of Chicago and the AVA Digital Awards. Allison’s client experience includes work with Grubhub, Worldpay, Newark element14, OpenX, Points, ThreatMetrix, SevenRooms, Billtrust, Finicity and others. Allison has just over 10 years of experience in both B2B and B2C public relations, and her clients have enjoyed attention from outlets including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Inc., Forbes, Re/code, Financial Times and TIME Magazine and trade publications in several industries. She has led large integrated content marketing, web and video projects for several PR clients and created award-winning campaigns that span marketing channels.
Allison is a regular attendee at industry conferences, including Money 20/20, the Wearable Technology Conference, and Techweek, and is involved in Chicago fintech events such as NextMoney, FinTex and Chicago Fintech Week. She serves as the PR/Marketing partner for the Illinois Technology Association Women Influence Chicago initiative. 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.
Allison's passion project is creating family-friendly work policies to support parents in and outside of 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.
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. 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.