Member Spotlight: Olivia Keegan

This Member Spotlight profiles Olivia Keegan, who is a communications and PR coordinator at Kforce and joined PRSA Tampa Bay this year.

  1. First news publication you read in the morning?

 I like to read the local Tampa Bay Business Journal and Tampa Bay Times in the morning.

  1. First public relations job?

In November 2018, I began my PR career as a communications and PR coordinator for Kforce. I take pride in working with a stellar team of experts to help manage the firm's associations, events, media relations, external award initiatives and internal communications.

  1. Most important career mentor, and why?

It’s difficult to narrow it down to one person because there are so many wonderful people that have shaped my life and provided crucial learning in my career. In thinking of one, I am grateful for my team leader, Kimberly Bird, director of communications and PR at Kforce, who is a devoted mentor and constant source of encouragement and guidance.

  1. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?

In AP style, I really dislike the lowercasing of executives’ titles, such as “Jane Doe, chief executive officer,” because it doesn’t look fitting for their position.

  1. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?

One of the most rewarding experiences was witnessing how our cross-functional teams in the marketing department came together quickly to support disaster relief in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit this year. With Kforce’s Flights of Hope initiative, employees, donors, and other community members were able to raise over $110,000 in donations, rapidly fly 31 missions, deliver 68,000-plus pounds of supplies, volunteer 1,000-plus hours of their time, and send more than 950 family packs to our neighboring country.

  1. Advice to new public relations professionals?

That would be advice from my mentor – “Be yourself!”

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

If I weren’t a PR professional, I would love to work with marine animals! I am fascinated by the mysterious and awe-inspiring creatures that live deep in our oceans

  1. Favorite movie?

It’s a tie between Miss Congeniality and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

  1. Favorite vacation?

My older sister Mary and I made a spontaneous trip to Kauai, Hawaii, the most magical place I have ever been. We enjoyed yoga on the beach, ate endless amounts of fresh fish tacos, saw the most beautiful waterfalls, and witnessed a traditional hula practice – I’ll never forget all the special memories we made!  

  1. Any three dinner guests?

Ellen DeGeneres, Joni Mitchell and Jesus.

My entire family in one selfie! We had great time together at a wedding at St. Petersburg Beach.

My older sister Mary and I sailing off the coast of Barcelona, Spain, days before her wedding in September 2019.

At Christmastime in 2017, my mom and I took a vacation to New York City and saw a musical on Broadway!

My sister Katie and I ziplining through the woods of northern Wisconsin in 2017.

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