Leah Hires

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Growing up in southwest Atlanta, Leah’s mother instilled in her, “Remember who you are. Remember where you come from.” Stemming from a lineage of innovators and trendsetters, her ancestors’ persistence and bravery has motivated Leah to serve with purpose. Also valuing former first lady Michelle Obama’s words in “Becoming”, “When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed,” Leah believes individuals rise by lifting others. These two pieces of advice is why Leah’s work and life’s mantra has been to rise up… to any occasion (also, go Falcons.)

While serving as associate sports editor for Georgia State’s official student newspaper “The Signal,” Leah was tasked with coordinating student-athlete interviews, but to do so she had to collaborate with the university athletics communications department. She immediately fell in love with their day-to-day job responsibilities and was PRopelled into the world of public relations.

After graduating from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and concentration in public relations, Leah decided to expand her wings and fly to Chicago to pursue her career in public relations. During her time in the Windy City, Leah worked for PR agencies spanning across B2B, B2C and multicultural verticals. She possesses extensive knowledge in developing and implementing strategic PR campaigns to generate positive press and brand awareness.

Currently serving as Senior Account Manager within ARPR’s FinTech practice group, Leah has experience securing top-tier national media placements for clients in publications such as Forbes and Business Insider as well as trade publications such as American Banker and PYMNTS.com. Leah also has hands on experience ideating and launching industry data studies on behalf of her clients, resulting in more than 100 million media impressions, assisting clients in achieving greater visibility and increased web downloads. Leading with an in all things: service mindset, Leah has established herself as a credible, trustworthy expert that knows what it takes to move the needle for her clients.

Outside of the office, you can find Leah laughing with friends, cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, discovering new music, dominating in Scrabble, enjoying time with family and reading a good book.

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