Under the white tent during a hot Georgia summer day was a chaotic scene as reporters dashed about, and soldiers assigned media badges and answered questions. Troops were returning to Fort Stewart from Operation Desert Storm, and at age 7, Monica Miller Rodgers watched in awe as her father, a military public affairs noncommissioned officer, directed soldiers while providing interviews to journalists and broadcasters. The action moved so fast but so coordinated and with purpose. Years later when she was preparing for college, Monica would remember this moment in deciding what she wanted to do with her life.
Public relations has been a part of Monica’s life since childhood, and she now dedicates herself to helping expat solopreneurs and small business clients achieve their objectives through a variety of services. Monica helps her clients advance their business by working with and teaching them how to use public relations practices to stand out in their industries.
Considering herself lucky to have consistently known what she wanted to be, Monica watched college classmates change majors several times while she remained confident in her decision to pursue a career in public relations. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Valdosta State University, and is now studying for a Master of Science in Communications Management at Syracuse University. Monica obtained her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2011 through a challenging process of communications planning development, board presentation and standardized testing.
The freelancer began her professional career in Atlanta with the public relations firms of Edelman and Eberly & Collard where she gained experience in media relations, content writing and client management. Afterward, a dream opportunity arose when she was offered a position working in public affairs for the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Air Force. Monica developed many skills in her six years with Department of Defense public affairs offices in Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia and the Pentagon, such as strategic and employee communications, media and community relations, crisis management, content and social media marketing, writing and editing, and branding. In her many roles, she developed communications plans, such as rolling out new Army initiatives; worked with regional, national and international media to cover stories from service members practicing the Muslim faith to F-22 Raptor flight restrictions; and managed responses during national crises.
When the time came to share and hone these skills in another area, Monica made the commitment to serve expat solopreneurs and small business owners who could benefit from public relations. Living abroad, she has met and shared ideas with expat entrepreneurs who are working hard to build their own businesses outside their home countries. From these unique interactions, she has witnessed firsthand the lack of public relations support for this niche of dedicated professionals. After finding her place among this group, Monica created Aubia Communications to help clients meet and succeed their business objectives on the international scene.
When not working at Aubia or on her master’s studies, you can find Monica traveling the world with her husband and blogging about it at Working 2 Live, Living 2 Travel. They have been to 20+ countries and currently reside in China.
See Monica’s complete résumé here.