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Meet Elisabeth Handley of Elisabeth Handley Communications

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elisabeth Handley.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a local third-generation San Diegan. I attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Journalism degree with an emphasis in Public Relations. I worked in-house and in agencies for several years. When my then-current employer chose to shut down its San Diego operations, I chose to take the severance package and follow my dreams to be self-employed.

Since 1997 I have lived that dream, running Elisabeth Handley Communications. I offer public relations consulting services and am a freelance writer and proofreader. This career has provided me with a great deal of joy and satisfaction, especially consulting for local non-profits to help them garner significant media coverage at little or no cost.

These clients include Fleet Week San Diego, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the San Diego Cabrillo Festival and the San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade. As a writer, I have been published in numerous publications, including Shape, Costco Connection, HealthSource and San Diego and Orange County Family Magazines.

I also had the privilege of helping seniors publish their own memoirs or those of their parents’ while writing for a memoir publishing company. Learning and helping bring to life the stories of pilots, business titans, and World War II and Holocaust survivors is an experience I will always cherish.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have loved every minute of being my own boss, and the freedom it gave me to scale back when my son was born to be a full-time mom and part-time consultant. Juggling those two priorities over the years wasn’t always easy, but the opportunities to be the “class mom,” volunteer for my kids’ various activities and be home for them after school has been priceless.

Now that my kids have nearly all flown the nest, bringing the business back up to full-time status is my biggest challenge.

Elisabeth Handley Communications – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
EH Communications brings over two decades of first-hand communications experience in industries ranging from luxury resorts to special events, technology, non-profit, auto racing and banking. Ms. Handley creates programs that link directly to client business and marketing plans by maximizing strategies including traditional public and media relations, internal communications and social media.

On-site and prior to special events, her media relations background helps clients attract, manage and follow up with local, national and international media, securing additional attention and attendance. By partnering with each client, the goal is to achieve targeted, meaningful results that go beyond the ordinary.

Author Elisabeth Handley is an experienced, well-published writer in a diverse array of industries, from celebrity profiles to memoirs to medicine in such publications as Shape, HealthSource, Southern California Home & Outdoor, Costco Connection, Orange County and San Diego Family Magazine and the Living Light News. After over two decades of writing experience, Elisabeth has supplied clients with press releases, media kits, marketing collateral, websites, and print and broadcast copy.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Fleet Week San Diego’s mission is to provide opportunities for the San Diego community to recognize and appreciate the over 100,000 men and women here that serve our nation. Creating public events that are open to both the military and civilians is one of their main means to achieve this goal. At the time, Fleet Week’s largest event was the Coronado Speed Festival, a historic vehicle racing venue held at Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado.

In 2016, actor Gary Sinise of Criminal Minds and Forrest Gump offered to bring his Lt. Dan Band to Coronado Speed Festival to stage a free concert for the military and San Diegans attending the event. It was a tremendous effort to arrange all the details of this concert, but seeing how touched members of the military were to have this concert provided to them free of cost, and how much they loved rocking out to the music, was tremendously gratifying.

Mr. Sinise also made time to meet people, sign autographs and take photos with fans at the event. The excitement people had at this chance, and Mr. SInise’s grace and humility to put the focus on the military and not himself was the proudest moment of my career.

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