CAREERS: My Big Break - Dawn Wilcox, APR, is SVP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide in Los Angeles

While I was in my last semester at California State University-Chico in the journalism/PR program, I attended an all-day seminar in Sacramento featuring various PR agencies. After the seminar, I introduced myself to Robert Deen, founding partner of Deen+Black Public Relations. He told me to send him my resume when I graduated, which I did three months later.

While I was in my last semester at California State University-Chico in the journalism/PR program, I attended an all-day seminar in Sacramento featuring various PR agencies. After the seminar, I introduced myself to Robert Deen, founding partner of Deen+Black Public Relations. He told me to send him my resume when I graduated, which I did three months later.

Robert and his business partner Christi Black drove to Chico to meet with me. They then invited me to their office for an interview with the rest of the staff. Each of the eight staff members spoke with me individually.

I was so nervous that at one point during a moment of silence between questions, I blurted out, "I was also a cheerleader." Apparently, I made an impression. A week later, I was offered a job as an assistant account executive.

They transferred me to Los Angeles three years later to open their first regional office. After another three years, we were acquired by Ogilvy.

At that point, about a year ago, I was promoted to SVP. I currently manage eight accounts and several staffers.

I owe all of my success to hard work and two fabulous mentors, Robert and Christi.

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