A Washington, D.C. native and recent graduate with a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Jade is the most recent addition to Team Akrete. Beginning her journey as a senior intern, Jade is now a full-time Associate Account Executive bringing ideas to our programs on how we can think more visually, more in motion, and generally—engage more in the media environment of the 21st Century. To find out more about Jade check out her Q&A.
Q&A with Jade Kolker
How long have you been working in public relations?
Since October of 2014 – so, a short time, but it’s been a whirlwind experience learning everything I need to know about the industry!
What do you like about working at a smaller public relations firm like Akrete?
While I don’t have experience working for a large PR firm, I have found that at Akrete I can fine tune my skills without getting lost in the shuffle. My Alma mater had around 5,000 students which meant small class sizes and a chance to actually get to know the community, which I definitely feel at Akrete.
What is a song to describe your work ethic?
“All Star” by Smash Mouth
If you could drink with anyone from history who would it be?
What is your favorite part of working in public relations?
The collaboration and brainstorming that happens on a daily basis.
What do you when you are facing a creative block?
Get up and move around – whether it’s running around the block or standing at a standing desk, I need to change my surroundings.
What’s one piece of advice you would offer to someone trying to enter the public relations industry?
Always be open to making new contacts – you never know what could lead to a great opportunity.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to run/exercise, cook and bake, and explore Chicago and everything it has to offer!
What’s your favorite book?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
What are three interesting facts about you?
I’m Jewish but went to a Catholic school for ten years; according to Pottermore, I would be in Ravenclaw, and I wrote my 32-page college senior seminar paper on The Hunger Games.
What’s a quote you live by and why?
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. This may be a case where the internet has decided Eleanor Roosevelt is attributed to coining this phrase while someone else actually said it; regardless, I’ve always liked the message behind it. Life is filled with constant chatter, and it’s important to remember that sharing ideas and different ways of thinking makes the world more interesting, not judging people and trivial things.