In our Meet the Team series, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on the dedicated AKCG team members serving our valued clients.
This week, meet Angela Akumiah, an associate who is a member of the firm’s crisis communications and issues management practice. Angela supports education, healthcare and senior living PR clients in responding to and mitigating challenges. Learn more about Angela below.
What motivated you to seek a career in crisis communications?
Growing up in a world where “cancel culture” is so present has kept me very engaged and intrigued by social problems. When exploring career options, I knew I wanted to pursue something that helped individuals understand each other, especially during times when people are quick to judge or feel extremely panicked—which is almost exactly what crisis communications does. It is a unique way to stay engage with today’s social problems, while bridging gaps between organizations and their audiences.
How do you center yourself on a busy workday?
I am a firm believer that your environment sets the tone for how you feel, so during busy work days I like to make sure my work space matches the calm I want to feel inside. Sometimes I like to light candles, play relaxing music, or even sit by the window just to feel the sunshine.
How have your experiences in your career, thus far, contributed to your work with AKCG?
Since I am a recent graduate, many of my career experiences were built in college or shortly after. On campus I took pride in being a student leader, which meant I worked with school leadership frequently. Those moments, coupled with research and internship experiences, helped me develop strong communication skills. I also believe that my background in government, where I spent most of my time speaking with consitutents, has helped me develop a level of patience and quick thinking needed to excel in this field.
When did you know AKCG was the team for you?
I knew AKCG was the team for me from my first conversation with our leadership team. During our call, I was so nervous, but everyone was super friendly and lighthearted, which was a big change from some of my past experiences. I was also extremely pleased by the opportunity to speak with more members of the crisis team before accepting the position. Aly, Bianca, and I had a great conversation, and that’s how I knew AKCG was the place for me.
And just for fun: If you could only have one Starbucks drink for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
This is such a tough question because I have so many favorites, and I have a minor Starbucks addiction. I’d have to say a Venti Peach Green Tea Lemonade with light ice. It’s my go-to because it’s the perfect pick-me-up at any time of the day and is just so refreshing!