Publicity guru Michelle St. Angelo inspires everyone with her community dedication as a new member of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council.
United Way: Tell us a little bit about your background.
Michelle St. Angelo: I grew up in New York City just outside of Manhattan on Long Island. As a kid, I loved school. I was an A student and very involved in extracurricular activities. I ventured outside of the East Coast for college, seeking adventure in the Midwest at Indiana University (super adventurous, right!), where I studied English literature, psychology and dance. I then moved to Las Vegas and worked in entertainment and hospitality as a PR coordinator at a top local agency. I’m still doing the work I love 13 years later, now for Allied Integrated Marketing. In addition to my main career, I’m also a certified yoga instructor and trained leadership and life coach. In my (extremely limited) spare time, I love to be active and explore. Last year I hiked, biked and kayaked across Thailand, and this year I’m going to a yoga retreat in Bali.
UW: Describe a typical day in the life of Michelle.
MSA: There is no typical day in the life of a working woman in the marketing industry. That’s what I love about it. As vice president of publicity for Allied Integrated Marketing, I oversee specialized hospitality and lifestyle accounts locally, California and on the East Coast. I spent most of my day developing ideas to make a difference in public relations campaigns for current and prospective clients and reporting on our team’s progress. After work hours, I’m either networking at events, coaching individuals from my home office, walking my dog, cooking dinner or spending time with friends and family. A little evening down time (read: a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine) is also a must before getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep and starting all over again the next day!
UW: Why did you get involved with United Way and WLC?
MSA: In my first PR job, I had the pleasure of working with United Way as their account representative. I spent several years of my career learning about the difference UWSN made for this community, and I saw firsthand its powerful impact. I was in my early 20s and I remember always admiring the WLC—especially its signature suit drive event, which I helped launch—and promising one day I’d join this league of incredible ladies. Since I’ve joined, I’ve had some fun times, like the WLC Luncheon Fashion Show in March. I’m super petite, 4-feet and 10-inches, so I never in a million years would have thought of myself as a model. I was shocked and delighted when they asked me to be in the fashion show. It was really a fun way to get to know my fellow WLC members, get dressed up and support this incredible cause.
UW: Do you have any advice, words of wisdom or messages for the women of Las Vegas?
MSA: I’m continually inspired by the women in this community. They’re beautiful, capable and fearless. So, I say keep doing what you’re doing, ladies!