Meet Stephanie Shirley
Stephanie (Bennis) Shirley is the owner of Bennis Public Relations, Inc. A graduate of Penn State University, Stephanie holds degrees in Public Relations & Advertising and Communications, Arts & Science. Together, these degrees have adequately prepared her for a career in communications, but there is no degree that could have prepared Stephanie for the unpaved path of entrepreneurship. Stephanie’s journey toward business ownership is a true reminder that often we do not choose the path, the path chooses us.
Stephanie’s past and present positions have provided her with experience in many different fields of Public Relations, including corporate communications, non-profit communications, government relations, political campaigns, media relations, event planning and creative writing. This diverse portfolio of experience allows her to blend and pull from many different skill sets to meet a broad range of communication needs for her clients.
Stephanie began her Public Relations career in the political world as Coalitions Coordinator for a statewide gubernatorial campaign. She continued her career within the Governor’s administration, working in the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Legislative Affairs. Shortly after joining the Administration, Stephanie’s part-time Public Relations business began to take off which forced her to make the decision to either stay with the Department or take an entrepreneurial leap and make Bennis Inc her full time focus. Understanding both the risks and rewards, Stephanie chose to pursue her passion and became a full time entrepreneur in July of 2011.
Bennis Public Relations, Inc offers individualized and high-quality communication services at competitive and flexible rates. Clients include businesses of various sizes and industries, best-selling authors, artists, politicians, non-profit organizations and fellow entrepreneurs. Bennis Inc has maintained consistent growth, tripling its monthly clients in the first 9 months of full time business and growing steadily ever since. Most importantly, Stephanie is committed to providing each client with professional, creative and common-sense solutions and regards her business’s reputation as one of its most critical points of differentiation.
Stephanie’s most obvious, but most outstanding record of leadership is her entrepreneurial spirit and her inherent business sense. These are the qualities that first guided her toward starting her own business. But even more difficult than the initial starting of Bennis Inc, Stephanie’s leadership helped her to smoothly transition this side business into her full time passion. Now as the owner of Bennis Inc, Stephanie’s leadership impacts more than just her and her business. For most of her clients, Stephanie has become the Public Relations Director and Executive Assistant, helping them to identify their business goals, communicate them clearly and effectively and stay on-mission to achieving them. Stephanie’s youth provides her with a fresh perspective, her experience makes her competitive with professionals twice her age and her leadership allows her to guide not only her own business, but the businesses of her clients.
As a twenty-one year old college student, Stephanie began what she saw as a fulfilling means of additional income. Never did she imagine that her Public Relations side-business, Bennis Inc, would turn her into a full time entrepreneur at such a young age. Stephanie has worked with a broad range of clients in states from coast to coast. Stephanie’s vision for Bennis Inc is to continue its path of steady growth and to provide people with a better understanding of the value an organized and strategic communications strategy can add to a business.