Ann Elsas

Class Year

2000

Professional Background

Junior Editor at Longstreet Press (an Atlanta-based publishing house), Associate at The Ledlie Group (an Atlanta-based PR firm), Freelance Writer for Piedmont Review (an Atlanta-based fine arts publication) and Senior Public Relations Manager at AT&T

How has being an English graduate from Duke University help shape your professional success?

I have used the skills and critical thinking acquired from my years as an English major at Duke in every step of my professional career. I was a junior editor at a publishing house post-college, which required great attention to detail, an understanding of composition, an appreciation for the art of writing and a sharp grammatical eye. During my 12 years in public relations, I have implemented those same skills when writing internal pieces for clients or when interfacing with media -- be it print, online or broadcast. Above all, my years as an English major helped me to think creatively and strategically, improved my writing and strengthened my communication skills.

Ann Elsas
Senior Public Relations Manager, AT&T