2015 Rising PR Stars: Katie O’Brien, Account Executive, Henson Consulting, Inc.

Although she’s still only a few years into her PR career, Katie O’Brien exudes the knowledge and professionalism of someone with nearly double her experience. Her ambition and fresh perspective, along with her adaptability, allow her to generate relevant, creative ideas that suit the needs of each of her high-profile clients.

O’Brien is steady and precise in everything she does, resulting in only successful activations that are nearly perfect, down to the very last detail. Whenever anyone asks, “Wow, how did you pull off that great program?” - the answer is typically: Katie O’Brien.

An alum of Boston College with a degree in communications, O’Brien started working at Henson Consulting in early summer 2012 as an intern. Having no prior experience with public relations, her passion and knowledge for the industry quickly blossomed, and she became an indispensable part of the team.

In fact, the question “How could we have done this without Katie?” is often asked within her office. O’Brien now manages accounts for several national consumer brands, non-profits and hospitality clients, and serves as a junior publicist for celebrity chef and Food Network star Jeff Mauro.

O’Brien’s ambitious attitude and initiative have allowed her to establish dynamic synergies between herself and clients, media contacts and colleagues. Thus far in her career, she has secured placements in top media outlets such as People.com, The Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Zagat and OK! magazine.