My name is Danielle Calhoun and I received The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship in 2008 and 2009, while pursuing my Master of Science in Strategic Communication. I received my M.S. in 2010 and have had a successful career in the PR/marketing world, in huge part due to the support – both financial and otherwise – of TLF.
I’m currently a Vice President at Weber Shandwick, a dream I only knew to have because of TLF.
Let me take a step back.
After getting the call in 2008 (that I would be a recipient!), I was thrilled to learn the support was far more than financial. The awards ceremony was to be held in Los Angeles, where we met with industry leaders, visited agencies, and learned about career opportunities. When I won again the following year, they flew us to New York for even more meetings and workshops. It was during these trips that I discovered Weber Shandwick. And also discovered that – through TLF – I “knew someone in the industry.”
Fast forward, and I’m now more than a decade into my career, and in my 7th year at Weber Shandwick – rising from Senior Associate to Vice President. I’ve stayed highly involved with TLF to host Career Development Workshops, interviewed and hired TLF alumni for intern positions, graded new scholarship applicants, and shared new job openings with the TLF network. I’m in my dream job, and have made it my mission to be that “someone you know” for rising students and TLF alumni.
Please consider joining me in supporting The LAGRANT Foundation to continue the great work of shaping the future of bright, diverse leaders!
Vice President, Weber Shandwick
2008 & 2009 TLF Scholarship Recipient