Kelly Allen, APR
Director of Strategic Communications
"PR means telling the truth and working ethically – even when all the media want is headlines and all the public wants is scapegoats. Public relations fails when there is no integrity."
– Viv Segal of Sefin Marketing
Communicator, writer and strategist, Kelly joined the startup marketing and strategic planning firm Q Strategies in October 2013. As the director of strategic communication, she oversees the research, planning and implementation of projects for multiple clients, ranging from health care to manufacturing.
Kelly is a hater of dull verbs, corporate speak, fake quotes and all things abbreviated to form less than clever acronyms. Actually, she doesn’t like the clever ones either. She is a lover of the creative, the beautiful, the direct and the bizarre; she is passionate about words and the stories they tell. When not in the office, Kelly is planning her next trip or reading about other people’s adventures.
Prior to joining Q Strategies, Kelly worked at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for three years as a communications consultant. This position offered messaging and writing support for internal departments and media relations for all commercial lines of business. She also spent two years working at Waterhouse Public Relations, beginning as an assistant account manager and later serving as the director of media relations.
Kelly has been an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Lookout Chapter since 2011, and earner her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2013. She continues to take on leadership roles and is currently the vice president and director of programs for the local chapter.
An active volunteer, Kelly has served on the board of Africa Mission Services for nine years. She has volunteered in a variety of local positions involving event planning and social media for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. She is currently chairing the Nightingale Network Committee and is a Trustee with the UNFoundation.
SCHOOL & ACCREDITATIONS:
- Accredited Public Relations (APR), 2013
- Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism
- Columbia Union College, 2004
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
- UNFoundation Trustee
- Nightingale Network Chair