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Member Spotlight: Stephanie Navarro

1. First news publication you read in the morning?

I read the Daily Skimm, a newsletter-type email by theSkimm that provides a recap of the last 24 hours of news, from entertainment to politics to even international news. This is a great way for me to stay on top of current events every day without having to dig through several sources. 

2. First public relations job?

I was promoted from an intern position to an account coordinator role at BAM Communications in San Diego (where I’m originally from). BAM is a lifestyle and hospitality PR agency, which I think is branching out to include tech now, and it gave me great exposure to a variety of clients that helped me develop my core skills.

3. Most important career mentor, and why?

I have been so fortunate to have many great mentors so far that it's impossible to pick just one! I try to surround myself with people that I can learn from, will challenge me to be better and hold me accountable when I set goals.

4. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?

The Oxford comma! AP style was so drilled into me during college that I get very uncomfortable when I read content that uses it. 

5. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?

My most rewarding accomplishment to date, and I still feel I have much to accomplish because I’m just a few years into my career, was coordinating a press conference with Gov. Rick Scott. The facility had to be ready to receive him within about 15 hours of notice, which felt like a whirlwind, but it was rewarding because I was able to spring into action, work closely with his team and succeed in delivering the platform they needed to communicate his message.

6. Advice to new public relations professionals?

It's more important to have the drive and willingness to solve problems than to have all of the answers when you start. Much of what we do as PR professionals requires creativity, innovation and consulting, so as long as you have a solid foundation of principles, you shouldn’t be afraid to do your homework and tackle those big projects – because you may surprise yourself!

7. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?

I would've gone into genetics research. I took a few courses in school that really sparked my interest in hereditary traits, how genes are passed down and how each person has so many unique variations in their makeup, and I think I would have enjoyed uncovering genetic profiles and consulting with people on how to use this information to achieve better health.

8. Favorite movie?

Hocus Pocus – so much so that my older sister banned it from the house for a year because I would watch it on repeat, all year long! Bette Midler is absolutely iconic in her role as Winifred Sanderson, and not only do I still love watching it, I know every line.

9. Favorite vacation?

This is a tough one because I love to travel, but I'll go with the most recent, which was to Malaga, Spain, for my cousin's wedding. During the rehearsal dinner, which was hosted at a small farm-to-table restaurant in the historic center of the city, Casco Antiguo, we were surprised by a live flamenco dance performance that was absolutely surreal.

10. Any three dinner guests?

Oprah Winfrey, a media mogul, philanthropist and entrepreneur who got her start in journalism; Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter most well-known in pop culture today for her bold style and flower crowns, and someone I admire because she blazed a trail for women in art and society, and challenged what it meant to live with a disability; and Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ executive chairman, who built a brand based on values, people and quality – and a brand that’s now global.



With Gov. Scott.


My team at Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services, Emily Knudson and Ali St. Cyr, and me.


Visiting an exhibit on Frida Kahlo at the Dali Museum.


Flamenco dancers in Malaga!

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