Jennifer Prosek is the founder and CEO of Prosek Partners, a leading international public relations and financial communications consultancy with offices in New York, London,
Los Angeles and Connecticut. The firm ranks among the top 20 independent public relations firms in the US and among the top five financial communications consultancies in the US and UK. The firm has been listed as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company of the Year for seven years running and ranked among the Top 25 in New York Observer’s PR Power List in 2016.
Prosek is a published author and frequent speaker. Her book "Army of Entrepreneurs," published in 2011, received praise from Columbia Business School, Wharton and INSEAD. Her second book "Raising Can-Do Kids," co-authored with Brown Ph.D. Richard Rende, was published by Penguin Random House in the summer of 2015. Prosek received her MBA from Columbia University and a BA in English literature from Miami University. She is on the board of directors of the Arthur Page Society, BritishAmerican Business, and the Institute for Public Relations. In 2016 Prosek was listed in PR Week's Global PR Power Book.
Q & A
What are you most proud of in your public relations career?
I am very proud of our firm and our team in so many ways. I suppose I am most proud when people tell me that (and it happens quite a bit) Prosek Partners has offered them the opportunity to develop their career – and human – potential. Providing careers that allow people to grow and progress makes me very proud. And creating an environment where people happily recruit their friends and family is also special to me.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I have my motorcycle license, I love scuba diving, my parents are Brazilian and Czech and my brother is a well-known author/artist.
How would your mother describe you?
She would say I'm a workaholic, and that she’s worried about how much I work. But she’d also acknowledge how much I love what I do.
What are your greatest strengths as a public relations practitioner?
Generating unique ideas that have true business impact and getting people to embrace them.
What is your favorite food?
Describe your perfect client.
A smart client who is unafraid to push a good idea and is also a pleasure to work with. A client who is candid, supportive, loyal and fun.
What three hobbies or activities do you enjoy most?
Running, scuba diving and working.
What’s your favorite part of the workday?
Those little breaks where you get to connect with colleagues, share stories, tell jokes and enjoy the workday.
Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Cate Blanchett, (I wish!). Gwen Stefani.
What is your favorite quote?
"Chance favors the prepared mind."