Fearless Friday! How Well Do You Know Kayla Blevins?

Rachel Taylor / May 19, 2017

At The Fearey Group we believe everyone has a story to tell. Each Friday we shine the spotlight on one staff member helping them share their stories and give insight into what makes our firm truly “fearless.”

For this week’s installment of Fearless Friday, we shine the spotlight on the newest Senior Account Executive on our Healthcare + Life Sciences team, Kayla Blevins!


 

Kayla on the Wonderland Trail – a 93 mile hike that circumnavigates Mount Rainier

What is your fondest memory from your childhood?

 

Kayla Blevins: Gosh, honestly, it’s probably the day my sister was born (sorry, Heath). I was about 5 years old and had been eagerly awaiting her arrival. Mom woke me up early one Sunday morning to tell me I would finally get to meet my sister. After hours of pretending to care about coloring books, my baby sis was placed in my arms. “You get to pick the name,” mom said, “because we can’t agree.” I was aware of this argument and armed with my answer: “Savannah.”

Which one person would you say has had the most influence on you personally or professionally?

KB: Professionally, that would be Shawna Samuel. Shawna was my first boss and is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met. She’s smart, gracious and strong. She not only taught me the ropes of PR and advertising but more importantly, she taught me what it looks like to be an empowering leader.

What is one thing most people do not know about you?

KB: I’m pretty much an open book, but if I had to choose something I’d say people don’t know that I don’t match my socks. It started as a high school basketball superstition, then transitioned to wondering why people waste time on that.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And why?

KB: I very badly wanted to be a detective. So much so that I convinced my cousin that she too wanted to be a detective, and we cleaned out my grandma’s old chicken coop for headquarters. We had the original name of KIB, Kids in Black, as well as business cards made out of wallpaper samples. While our one official case of mom’s missing watch remains unsolved, the detective dream stayed alive for most of my childhood.

What is one thing in your career you are most proud of?

KB: I’m really proud of the work we did for the Kansas City Crime Commission. It was a pro bono project, meaning limited budget and resources, but we dug in and partnered with Northpass Media to produce a series of videos with real Kansas City cops. In a trying time for our nation and law enforcement, the series aimed to bring the Kansas City community together by reinforcing the idea that everyone deserves to feel safe, even from behind a badge.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

KB: I’d fly so I could easily travel the world. And I guess save people or whatever.

If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be and why?

KB: Golden Girls. Hands down. I’ve been obsessed with Dorothy and the gang for more than a decade.

Rachel Taylor

Marketing + PR Manager

Rachel is a born communicator and marketing specialist. After spending three years on the client side, capturing media hits and crafting powerful stories for a variety of organizations, Rachel now tackles all of Fearey’s marketing and public relations initiatives from the inside.

She loves punching out a solid strategy and dropping data into Microsoft Excel to drive decision making. Her skills lie in project coordination, media relations, digital marketing, social media management, SEO and website development.

As a Seattle native, she’s a go-to resource for information about hiking or anything outdoors. You will find her squeezing every adventure into the time outside of work – Whistler ski trips, post-work training hikes up Mailbox Peak, canoe camping, summiting Mt. Adam’s on skis, backpacking the North Cascades or paddleboarding on every body of water possible. In the rare moments of rest, she’ll kick back in a hammock with a good read and the pup.