Meet VOX Global

VOX Global is a strategic communications firm that specializes in advocacy, marketing, crisis communication, digital, media relations and social media. With diverse clients, including corporations and nonprofits, there is always something new and intriguing to work on. Like our clients, our team is diverse, with backgrounds in business, politics, media and advocacy. Our team is what makes us great —but don’t take our word for it. Read what our team members have to say.

Meet DC-based Senior Account Executive Gabriella Ferrari, Indianapolis-based Account Executive Mickey Terlep and Dallas-based Digital Production Manager Amy Jacobsen.

 Tell me about your path to VOX Global.

Gabriella: I was studying government and journalism as an undergrad in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis when newspapers hadn’t figured out how to monetize in the digital age. As a matter of job security, I added a public relations major — and was hooked. Following the PR path, I accepted a fellowship at FleishmanHillard’s headquarters in St. Louis that, ultimately, led to my first full-time job. While at FH (and getting some amazing experiences), I heard of the incredible work from our colleagues at VOX Global. VOX, an FH sister agency, specializes in public affairs and corporate sustainability — which to this day are my two passions in the PR-realm. I knew I wanted to come back to DC after interning here as an undergrad, so when VOX was hiring, it seemed like an obvious, natural fit that allowed me to stay in the “FHFamily.”

 Mickey: I actually learned about VOX through my brilliant political science advisor at DePauw University, my alma mater. She connected me with Jon Coffin, and I initially applied to an administrative position at VOX, hoping to get my foot in the public affairs door. After interviewing with Jon and the VOX Indy team and continuing some back-and-forth correspondence over the summer, I was offered a sort of hybrid fellowship in accounting and public affairs in August of 2016. I was elated!

I soon dove head first into the world of public affairs (and Excel), and I loved it. Having the opportunity to learn something new every day and work for such meaningful clients was thrilling. I started full-time in January 2017, and I have been doing my best to become as VOXy as I can ever since.

Amy: For the longest time, my dream job was to be a news anchor. I went on to study broadcast journalism and interned at all the major news stations in my college town (Lubbock, TX). But as the years went on, I really fell in love with editing my news packages and thinking of creative ways to present the story. This led me to pursue my Master of Arts in Media Communication, where I learned even more and was able to refine my digital storytelling skills. I never thought I would end up at a public affairs firm, but when a recruiter reached out to me and told me more about VOX and how I could have a career doing what I love, I couldn’t pass it up! I joined the VOX crew shortly after receiving my MA in February 2014.

What does your day-to-day look like?

 Gabriella: I learned really quickly that there is no such thing as a typical day in agency life. I can be pitching reporters for a client announcement in the morning and working on CSR materiality assessments in the afternoon—and it can all be derailed by another client crisis.

Mickey: Unpredictable. I do my best to try and schedule out my day whenever possible, but it very rarely ever goes as planned. That’s just the nature of client service, and it’s actually what makes it so fun. One minute I can be working on messaging for a campaign fighting the opioid crisis, and the next I could be writing formulas in a reporting database for a workforce development program. I love having the opportunity to work with so many clients across a diverse set of issues, but that doesn’t mean my head isn’t frequently spinning.

Amy: Lots of project planning! I spend my days creating project plans and timelines for various digital projects — from websites to annual reports. After the project plans are created and approved, I stay in constant communication with our clients to make sure their vision is not only heard, but brought to life in a timely manner.

Tell me about the culture at VOX and what you like about working here.

Gabriella: What I love about VOX is that it operates like a start-up with the network and resources of a global PR firm. Because we’re a mid-size, 10-year old firm, we all operate with an entrepreneurial spirit to bring in and grow accounts. What’s more, we truly foster a team dynamic and are always willing to go above and beyond for each other.

Mickey: When I first interviewed for the admin position, I asked Mike Marker (VOX Indy’s fearless leader) what the culture at VOX was like. To be honest, I expected some sort of buzzwordy response that included “collaborative,” “engaging” and “fun-loving.” Well, being the genuine and amazing leader Mike is, he told me that VOXers care about each other, and they care about the work they do, particularly because it means something to them outside of work. I didn’t fully understand what he meant at the time, but, boy, was he right.

The truth is, VOX is collaborative, engaging and fun-loving — but that’s just what gets you in the door. What makes you want to thrive here is having colleagues that value and cherish who you are as a person and having the opportunity to work on projects that are part of a larger, impactful mission.

Amy: The best way to describe the culture at VOX is open, energetic and encouraging. We are a small firm, so we are pretty tight-knit. From day one, I learned about the open-door policy the whole firm tends to have; you’re encouraged to share your thoughts and be yourself (and bring all your ideas!) at all times.

What professional tip would you share with a soon-to-be-graduate or young professional?

 Gabriella: Be nice to everyone — you never know who you might work with or need a favor from later in your career. And, bonus tip, always take notes even when you don’t think you need to. It shows you’re being attentive, and you’d be surprised at how valuable they can be to look back on.

Mickey: Ask questions, about anything and everything. And I say this as someone who still doesn’t do this enough.

I used to think there were some things that I couldn’t learn — or perhaps shouldn’t — that maybe there were other people who were better suited than I to perform certain roles or tasks. Of course, certain people are better suited than others at certain roles, but you won’t find out until you ask. So, you absolutely should.

Amy: Don’t hold back your ideas, share them! But also don’t forget to listen to others — don’t spend your time waiting to say the next thing on your mind while someone is sharing something — you could miss something great. Always ask questions, but write down the answers — because you don’t want to be the person who asks the same question over and over.

This is just a sneak peek of VOX Global — there is so much more that makes VOX a great place to work. Check out our careers page for job openings and stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter.

Meet VOX Global

VOX Global is a strategic communications firm that specializes in advocacy, marketing, crisis communication, digital, media relations and social media. With diverse clients, including corporations and nonprofits, there is always something new and intriguing to work on. Like our clients, our team is diverse, with backgrounds in business, politics, media and advocacy. Our team is what makes us great —but don’t take our word for it. Read what our team members have to say.
Meet DC-based Senior Account Executive Gabriella Ferrari, Indianapolis-based Account Executive Mickey Terlep and Dallas-based Digital Production Manager Amy Jacobsen.
 Tell me about your path to VOX Global.
Gabriella: I was studying government and journalism as an undergrad in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis when newspapers …

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