2016 Rising PR Stars: Gillian Small, President/Founder, Gillian Small Public Relations

Though her dancing skills are admittedly sub-par, there is no doubt that Gillian Small is a standout mover and shaker when it comes to PR. She stops at nothing to ensure her small business clients land big business headlines. This includes once pitching a media lead while in the middle of a wisdom tooth extraction, and often staying up all night to ensure breaking news is pitched at just the right time to hit the morning news desks—in each and every US time zone.

Following years of climbing the ranks at full-service boutique PR agencies, Small branched out on her own at 27 to follow her passion for media relations. At the time she started Gillian Small PR, she had no clients lined up. Less than two years later, the company has grown from a single project in her one-bedroom apartment into a six-figure business with a booming client roster and billions of earned media impressions under its belt.