NAME: Shaqueria Howard or “Tudy”
JOB TITLE: Publicist/CEO
YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 5+
CHILDREN: Indigo, 1
Shaqueria when 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC launched
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Since graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University, I have been working in PR for over five years. I have interned and taken on positions with companies like Midori Star Media Group, The Lip Bar, Slip N Slide Records, GoodGirlPR, and etc.
With that experience, I was able to build a trustworthy company for potential and current clients. I founded 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC, a remote boutique branding company. This business is special to me because it has been a dream that I assumed would be halted by my parental duties. Although 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC started during the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision I made to turn this dream into an operating business is paying off! It is my passion to provide resources for new business owners and I want to continue to help others feel a sense of completion with their goals! 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC is fully operational. Although for now, it’s my passion and side hustle, it will not remain that way for long.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CAREER SUCCESSES OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
Each and every internship or job opportunity I left in the PR field had nothing but nice things to say about my work ethic. It’s what has inspired me to create my business. Even connecting with each of the companies now, they share nothing but nice things! I also love that my company is doing so well with clients and responses to pitches. It makes me feel so confident that I can also pitch for them and build my own media lists.
DID YOUR CAREER GOALS AND/OR OUTLOOK CHANGE ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD? IF SO, HOW?
YES! I gave up on the dream. This is my story. I was not going to create my business because I thought the demands of being a parent were too much to handle. However, I structured my business to fit my needs as a working mom and to benefit my clients. It’s a win-win!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS AND WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S A GREAT INDUSTRY FOR MOMS?
It’s great for moms if it’s what they enjoy doing. I love the creativity of it all! It is so unique and allows so many open spaces for people to grow. Now more than ever, people are realizing the power of communications and media. I am here for it!
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY, AS IT RELATES TO MOMS?
I don’t like how fast-paced it can be; one day goes by or even a few minutes and you find yourself out of the loop. Good thing there are groups like Women in PR! I found that joining this sisterhood keeps me on my toes.
Shaqueria and Indigo doing what they love most… dancing!
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE TO FIVE BEST PIECES OF ADVICE FOR MOMS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS? THESE CAN BE CAREER-RELATED, MOM-RELATED, BALANCE/FOCUS-RELATED AND/OR LIFE HACKS.
- Listen to podcasts! They have all the best tips and keep you updated. Check one out for the industry you are in, or listen to one for mental health tips! Super beneficial.
- Buy an Alexa Echo Dot! Let her do the work for you. You don’t have to write it down or misplace it. Just add it to the list, or let her set a reminder for you, ask her how to spell something while your kid is bouncing around in front of the tv, tell her to find your phone! Alexa is the best.
- Take a break! Relax, go outside, have a sip of wine, or watch your favorite show. Naptime doesn’t always have to be work time.
- Get the kids involved in some extracurricular activities. It will pay off! Try dance class or a local sports/cheer team in your area this will give you a few hours of much-needed mom time.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A FAMILY?
We love to dance and play outside! Most specifically to some of my daughter’s favorite shows or songs. She loves, “Baby by Justin Bieber” and whenever it plays, she runs to get her dad or she yells, “DADDY WHERE ARE YOU?” Just so we can all dance together! Pure bliss!
Shaqueria with her fiancé and Indigo’s father at Indigo’s baby shower.
MORE ABOUT SHAQUERIA:
Shaqueria TeyCora Amanda Howard (S.T.A.H.) is the founder of 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC, a remote boutique branding company. She graduated with honors (magna cum laude) from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. In her current professional role, she works for the Florida Lottery in their Brand Division. Over the past 5 years, she has been dedicated to perfecting her skills in public relations and graphic design in the corporate and freelance world. Her love for helping others and producing results built the foundation for starting 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC. It has always been her dream to be a business owner of a public relations firm and provide resources and employment opportunities for other public relations professionals.
Shaqueria currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida where she loves to play, dance, teach and sing with her best friend and daughter, Indigo Myrick and her godson, Dominic Jones. When she is not wearing her super mommy cape, Shaqueria enjoys reviewing movies and TV shows, making people laugh, hanging out with her friends, meeting new people, and listening to music. She is known for her bubbly/outgoing personality, her willingness to help others, and her dedication to serving her community!
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