Introducing Lauren Feldis

Lauren Feldis

LCI welcomes Lauren Feldis, who joins the team this fall as a PR intern. In this week’s LCInsights blog, Lauren shares what she’s most looking forward to learning during her internship.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a recent graduate of Whitman College, a small liberal arts school in Walla Walla, Washington (a town so nice they named it twice!). I grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically Menlo Park, in the days before Facebook. I love travel and have been to 22 countries. In my free time I enjoy coaching volleyball for a recreational league of 9-10-year-olds, cheering on the Golden State Warriors, hiking with friends and family, and spending time with my adorable sixth-month-old kitten, Shasta.

You studied Rhetoric Studies in college. Tell us what that is and why it’s important for a career in public relations.
I like to describe Rhetoric Studies as the art of persuasion. It falls under the umbrella of communications and is rooted in philosophy, originated by Aristotle. During college I learned and analyzed techniques for making powerful arguments, telling compelling narratives and using written and verbal language to appeal to different audiences. I believe these skills are crucial for being a successful and influential communicator.

What does PR mean to you?
PR is about helping clients create and maintain a positive brand image through the media.

What do you hope to get out of this internship?
I hope to learn as much as possible about the different aspects of PR and the inner workings of a professional agency. I look forward to learning to tailor my writing for press releases and media pitches.

What’s your “must visit” spot in the Bay Area?
Whenever friends and family visit, I love to walk with them from the Ferry Building, past the Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, to the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Quick questions

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Early riser or night owl? Night owl

Reading or writing? Both!

NorCal or SoCal? NorCal

Call or text? Call

Music or podcasts? Music

Android or iOS? Android

Hamburger or Taco? Hamburger

Passenger or Driver? Passenger

Netflix or book? Book

City or country? City

Europe or Asia? Europe

Do you have a question for Lauren? Ask her in the comments box below.

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6 Comments

  1. Brianne Miller Reply

    Welcome fellow Android – we are outnumbered here at LCI!

  2. Sean Dowdall Reply

    Welcome Lauren! We’re delighted to have you interning here at Landis Communications. Sean

  3. David Landis Reply

    Lauren, welcome to LCI. How funny that you have a kitten named Shasta. We had two miniature American Eskimo dogs named Shasta & Whitney. I’ll show you a photo! Cheers, David

  4. David Landis Reply

    And second question: what’s your Twitter handle? Cheers, David

  5. Craig MacLellan Reply

    Lauren – welcome to the team! Like you, I much prefer to call than text, although most people seem shocked/offended these days when you actually use your phone to call them!!! Keep fighting the good fight 🙂

  6. Polly Ikonen Reply

    Lauren, welcome aboard the LCI train. Like you, I launched into PR with a liberal arts degree, and it has served me very well in the succeeding decades. Smart start!