"Be the person your dog thinks you are."

J.W. Stephens

Allison manages a group of clients in the fintech, cybersecurity and martech practice areas. As a vice president of public relations and partner, Allison is heavily involved with program strategy and execution, spearheading project management and program measurement and reporting, ensuring the team’s efforts are on time, on budget and above expectations.

Allison’s integrated programs have earned recognition from the Public Relations Society of America and the Publicity Club of Chicago. Allison’s client experience includes work with Grubhub, Worldpay, Newark element14, Points, ThreatMetrix, Billtrust, Finicity and others. Allison has 10 years of experience in both B2B and B2C public relations, and her clients have enjoyed attention from outlets including CNN, Inc., Forbes, Yahoo! News, Re/code, Huffington Post and TIME Magazine and trade publications in several industries.

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.

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.