Ellie Hodgkins joined us just three weeks ago as a communications specialist and has already become an integral member of the team. An experienced producer and supervisor for the Home Shopping Network and marketing consultant for Art & History Museums – Maitland, Ellie offers expertise in marketing communications, event planning, merchandising and business development.
Read on to learn more about Ellie, a passionate philanthropist and proud UCF Knight:
What motivated you to pursue a career in public relations?
As a born communicator, I’ve found that public relations is a perfect fit. Very often, I am an unwitting influencer to friends and family when products, actions and innovations excite me. Why not do that professionally? What interests me most about this industry is uncovering the underlying motivations behind communication and endorsing worthwhile community efforts.
Is this what you wanted to do when you were little? If not, what did you want to do when you were little?
My first ambition was to be a mountain-climbing ballerina, but as fate would have it, I’m not very coordinated. After that, I wanted to be a greeting card writer or product demonstrator. The latter was realized when I worked for the Home Shopping Network and got to produce demonstration segments. My foray into television led to an interest in documentary film-making, a passion I continue to pursue in my free time. Now, my career path has come full-circle; understanding what makes someone tick is at the heart of both documentaries and public relations.
What’s one fun fact about you that most people don’t know?
I am allergic to cold. Yes, the temperature. I guess that means I’m a Florida girl through and through!
If we looked in your office drawer, what would we find?
Notebooks, folders and snacks. I’m extremely organized. And hungry.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
There are so many feminist icons who would fit the bill, but at the end of the day, I’d have to say John Waters. He is not only a director, comedian, author and artist whom I admire, but his work has pushed boundaries and opened the door to a more inclusive world.