CAREERS: Where I Work - Julie Crabill

PRWeek's Student of the Year 2002 Assistant account executive and business development coordinator Weber Shandwick Worldwide

PRWeek's Student of the Year 2002 Assistant account executive and business development coordinator Weber Shandwick Worldwide

One year later, Where I Work checks in on Weber Shandwick Worldwide's Julie Crabill, PRWeek's Student of the Year 2002.

How long have you been working there? I started as an intern at the Benjamin Group in May 2001, and began work as a full-time employee of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, post merger, in May 2002.

How did you end up in your job? While I was studying for my undergraduate degree in PR at San Jose State University, I was awarded a hi-tech PR scholarship from the Benjamin Group. I'd met Sheri Benjamin, then-president of the Benjamin Group and current president of WSW's US technology practice, at a conference, and asked if I could take her to lunch. I shared my desire to work with her during my required internship. I even offered to work for free and take on any task.

Describe the physical space you work in Our Campbell office is in a great location, slightly removed from the Silicon Valley traffic backups. My office window faces some trees, and I can use the reflection from the window to see who is sneaking up on me. This way I can have my foam dart gun ready to fire as needed.

Who is the smartest person you work with? Sheri Benjamin. If only I could suck the brains right out of her head, I would be a very lucky woman.

What was your luckiest break? Winning PRWeek's PR Student of the Year award in 2002. The competition was fierce, and the experience was amazing.

I'd cherish the opportunity to work with any of the top five competitors, as each one proved to be smart, capable, and driven. Winning was such an honor, especially with such a strong pool of competitors.

What are you usually thinking about when you're caught daydreaming at your desk? Usually I'm thinking about how to get everything done in the short time of a day. However, I must admit that I sometimes wonder what will be on Days of Our Lives that day.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully, moving up the ladder here at WSW.

I'd really like to continue my work on both the account and client development sides, and help the US tech practice continue to succeed.

What is one thing about you that none of your coworkers know? I am a daredevil when I travel.

I climbed the most difficult section of the Great Wall of China (it needs some repairs), and I bungee jumped in Indonesia. For some reason, I can't bring myself to do these crazy things when I'm home and a hospital is nearby. But take me to a foreign land where reliable medical help is scarce, and I'm happy to jump off a bridge.

Sneak us a good piece of office gossip The office gnats live in my office and they are trying to spread.

Number of PR department employees: 41 in the Bay Area, nearly 3,000

worldwide

Address: Campbell office: 2323 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

Phone: (408) 559-6090

Web: www.webershandwick.com

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