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 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 media interviews. The action moved fast but coordinated.
Years later when she was preparing for college, Monica would remember this moment in deciding what she wanted to do with her life.
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 marketing communications. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2005 from Valdosta State University and is now completing a Master of Science in Communications Management at Syracuse University where she has focused her studies in multicultural communications.
Monica obtained her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2011 through a challenging process of communications planning development, board presentation and standardized testing.
The communications professional 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.
A dream opportunity soon 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 strategic communications planning. Living abroad, she met and shared ideas with expat entrepreneurs who were working hard to build their own businesses outside their home countries. From these unique interactions, she witnessed firsthand the lack of communications support for the niche. After two and a half years of helping clients meet their business objectives on the international scene, Monica accepted her first multinational corporate marketing position where she tells the story around measurement technology products.
When not working, 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 30 countries and counting, now calling Switzerland home.