Simply put, I am passionate about how we communicate. For over a decade, I have helped individuals, businesses, and organizations refine and professionalize their communications strategies to effectively reach their target audience and achieve desired results.

Stephanie Shirley, Founder & Owner of Bennis Public Relations

Every day we are bombarded with different forms of communication, most of which are ineffective. Stephanie works with clients to create a comprehensive communication strategy that breaks through the noise and gets their messages heard. From the content on your website, social media profiles, and marketing materials to the structure and timing of your email newsletters, blog, and media outreach, Stephanie has the knowledge, experience, and relationships to enhance the way you communicate with the public.

Stephanie provides clients with high-quality, fast-acting media relations, community outreach initiatives, content writing, and event promotion to create and implement comprehensive communications strategies. Stephanie has experience reaching target demographics through her understanding of the unique needs, interests, and behaviors of small and diverse groups, as well as reaching large markets.


Since 2011, Bennis Public Relations has proudly assisted hundreds of clients across the nation, serving as their strategic partner who creates innovative and effective communication solutions to help grow a powerful and consistent brand. We have helped businesses of all sizes and industries navigate the challenging internal and external communications of branding, transitioning through acquisitions and leadership changes, developing comprehensive strategic communications strategies, and implementing those strategies, consistently and effectively. We are also called upon during critical moments where crisis communications and reputation management are central to the future viability of an organization, brand, or person.

Bennis Inc is passionate about helping businesses experience the benefit of high-quality, consistent communication, no matter their size or industry. Our vision is to give businesses the tools and confidence they need to take the wheel and be an active participant in implementing their own PR strategy โ€“ because the greatest results come from businesses that are fully engaged.

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59 thoughts on “Meet Stephanie Shirley

  1. Nice to “meet” you Stephanie! I noticed you when you commented on my blog and I checked out yours. I think it is GREAT that you took such a courageous leap and I wish you all the best in your new career. I think many of us wish we had the chutzpah to do what you’ve done! You’re an inspiration. I look forward to keeping up with you via this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Stephanie!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog today–it brought me to yours, which I LOVE!! I lovelovelove that you took the leap to start your own business and are finding the courage every day to plow forward! I wish you all the best, and I will continue to read your blog. I’ve recently discovered that I have an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’m eager to see where it leads me in the next couple of years. Thanks for your posts!!

  3. Welcome! And thank you all for the kind words of encouragement. I’m enjoying figuring life out to the beat of my own drum. It’s sure to be a memorable adventure to say the least.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Wonderful and thoughtful article especially with the cat’s cute napping picture. Right when I was browsing through your article, my pet cat was sitting on my lap. How the world is small ! Recently myself and my husband Vasanth were in Harrisburg to be with my bro-in-law Dr. Jayanth Devasundaram (people call him Jay) working in Govt. Health dept. in PA state, By the way I am an engineer, HR consultant and social activist in India. I visited US for an International conference in New Orleans. All the best. We shall catch up again…Regds…Nimmu

  4. Wanted to let you know that I think your blog is a great and enjoy reading your articles.
    I also wanted to invite you to ping and tweet your blog for free with my website

    Craig Thompson

  5. what a great blog, found it via freshly pressed and have found all sorts of interesting stuff to read! I’ve gone from working for someone else to being self employed with my own company in the last six months so its been especially useful to read your thoughts and advice on keeping a routine!

  6. Very inspiring, especially for someone close to my age bracket. Taking a leap of faith to continue towards ambitions in life requires dedication and tough skin, especially as a recent graduate like myself. Your paving the way for young professionals! Thank you!

  7. Hello from another Penn Stater, nice Blog and seems your independence might be working out for you. I am just starting my blog so very interesting in the comments post here.

    Again Good Luck.

  8. Hey Stephanie! Thanks for posting on my blog, I love the ideas I’ve seen on your site so far and will definitely be following you. I’m majoring in media and journalism in school, so I love to see other grads making it in the real world! Great work and best of luck!

  9. Your courage is inspirational! ๐Ÿ™‚ as well as your blog! I liked everything I read so far and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!

  10. hullo Stephanie! thanks for commenting on my blog the other day. As someone fresh out of college, I am trying to figure out how life really works and going through your posts have been definitely enlightening. Wish you luck for all your future endeavors.

  11. Wonderful blog. I know a lot of people will enjoy seeing where you’ve come from and why you do what you do. I’ve linked you on my blog. Thanks again for your comment.

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and hitting the like button. You have a very polished and professional style. There’s no doubt your success will grow. After reading your blog about skydiving, I thought it was really your second jump; the first was starting your own business. You’re very good at landing on your feet. : )

    1. What a creative way to look at my “daring jumps”–I hadn’t thought of it like that. Now you have me thinking which one I would consider more reckless and scary. I think they each have their own challenges and rewards in the end….I suppose I just need to keep an eye on landing safely!

  13. Stephanie,

    I am wondering if you know anything about R.O.W.E (results only work environment)? If you know where I could get more information, I would appreciate it! I have already contacted Culture Rx. Please let me know if you have any other sources or suggestions! I would really appreciate it!


    1. You’ve actually just opened my eyes to ROWE. It’s almost exactly what I created for myself by opening my own business—just without knowing it! It’s definitely something I’ll look into if and when I’m ready to start hiring help for Bennis Inc.

      I checked out their web site: which seems to provide some good information. I think reaching out to them directly is the best method. Good luck!

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and hitting the like button. You come across very professional and with impeccable style. It’s wonderful to see young women your age with such an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. Keep it up and and let’s continue supporting each other. All the best!

  15. Hola Stephanie,

    Thank you for stopping by at Featured Scribbles. Your blog is very interesting. I just subscribed and will have a lot of reading to do ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless in all of your goals in life! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog,
    I’m new in blogging, I’ll need your support as expert in wordpress and blog feature sometime.

    Maybe I’ll be + – away from your subjects but, the management things are our sharing interest.


  17. Hi Stephanie! Thank you for liking and leaving a comment on my post “12 Habits of a World Changer.”

    You have a pretty interesting blog here and nice layout too. Keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Fantastic! Fabulous! Fun! and lots of Fanfare!
    Your Blog is Awesome, as are YOU, Stephanie! … Bravo!

  19. Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by The Order Expert Blog and for your comment and like on my post “Top 10 List: Ten Productivity Truths.” It looks like we have a lot in common…public relations, blogging…looking forward to reading more of your work. Just subscribed! Regards, Rashelle

  20. Great blog Stephanie. Thanks for swinging by my newest blog earlier thus leading me to find yours.
    Hope you do not mind if I share yours. I speak quite a bit to graduating college grads about being entrepreneurial instead of working for others and your site and story tell this well.

    1. Hi Joseph – I would be honored for you to share my blog and my own experience with entrepreneurship with your college entrepreneurs, especially if it can help them to find their courage and reduce their hesitation about getting out there and doing something great! Thanks for the comment.

  21. Hi Stephanie, thank you for visit my blog, I took a look at yours and I am very impressed, keep up the great work!

  22. Hi Stephanie!

    Thanks for “liking” my blog post today! Thought I would check your blog out. It’s very nice! I really admire your spunk. I have a deep respect for anyone who chooses to take the entrepreneurial route as opposed to working for someone else. Keep up the good work!

  23. Hi Stephanie, glad you liked my post!
    I’ve had a look through your blog and you’re a real pro. And I love your website too. you’ve got a fantastic woman enterpreneur activity going on. Great initiative. Your work looks fresh, fun and full of energy. Well done!

  24. Thanks for posting on my blog. I must say of vibrancy, and brilliance I found at your site. Congratulations! I’m loving this. Great insights, and words of wisdom. I can’t wait to invite my friends to your blog. You are a great inspiration.

    1. Believe it or not, I don’t have my own personal Twitter handle! Because of maintaining so many social media accounts for my clients, I get my fill of Twitter here. Maybe some day I’ll give in, but as you can see by some of my lengthy blogs, keeping it to 140 characters or less will be challenging for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Carry on with your ventures in public relations. Lots of information are available through your blog posts and Facebook page.

  26. Hi. I love your blog. It’s very professional and gives some great advice as I venture into the political domain advocating for education. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad that you enjoy my blog and find it useful. My background is also in politics and I personally see a lot of overlap with PR. It’s all about serving our “publics” and communicating our core message.

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