Arielle Patrick, Senior Vice President, Financial Communications & Capital Markets at Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm.
After originally planning to pursue a career in journalism, Arielle “then became more interested in the other side of the storytelling hub – the companies that make our world go ‘round, and how they craft their messages to reach key stakeholders.” In her role at Edelman, she provides counsel to both public and private companies on all-stakeholder communications strategies for financial special situations and crisis management.
Arielle is actively involved in several non-profit boards, among them the National Advisory Council of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the National Audubon Society's New York Young Members, the Leadership Council for the Special Olympics of New York, and the Young Patrons Leadership Committee for the American Friends of the Louvre.
Her biggest role models:
“I know it’s become trendy to say this for folks who came late to the party this election cycle… but Hillary Clinton has truly been my guiding star for nearly my entire life. A 1996 autographed photo of her – addressed to me at the age of 7 – sits on my bedside table, and has seen me through all chapters of my life and career. Most importantly, my mother exemplified the first #nastywoman I’d ever seen. She remains the original inspiration for all that I do.”
The most important advice she's ever received:
“My parents used to always say to me (typically before leaving the house for parties in high school and college) – ‘remember who you are.’ I repeat this to myself before making all major career decisions. This also applies to my day job. I rarely take on client work that runs counter to my core values.”
Her proudest accomplishments:
“I try my best not to “tier” experiences, like accomplishments and failures. I truly am proud of everything that I’ve been blessed to experience. I’m proud of both my mistakes and my milestones. That said, my most recent appointment to SVP at Edelman wasn’t all too bad. I could never have imagined being at this level about a decade early.”
Her most formative career moments:
“Some of the most formative learning experiences have happened outside the office – particularly in my work on non-profit boards. Through those engagements, I collaborate with such a diverse set of professionals from all walks of life. This work has taught me a lot about how to create my own ‘swim lane’ when I’m in a board room, and how to both contribute my specific areas of expertise while being deferential to others who bring their own experiences.”
Tips for other women in predominantly male fields:
“I would say – don’t be afraid to tackle unconscious bias head-on. If you feel that you aren’t being treated fairly, or someone’s implicit bias is preventing them from seeing your point of view – talk to them or your manager about it – in real time. You won’t regret it. Ever.”