Alice Lee recently joined RLF Communications as a communications manager. In this role, Lee supports the public relations and marketing efforts for our consumer and lifestyle brands with media relations, social media and research.
Tell us a little about your work experience and what attracted you to RLF.
I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and a concentration in public relations. I interned with Randolph Hospital and Congressman Coble doing PR-related work. After college, I joined the Peace Corps to pursue my passion for humanitarian work. From there, I took a job with United Airlines as an international flight attendant. At the same time my flight attendant training ended, I was notified that I had gotten into the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Journalism, Media and Globalisation (European spelling of the word). It was an incredibly hard decision to make, but I ultimately declined the opportunity and spent the next two years working for United Airlines. The unique opportunity afforded me the benefit of travel to places I had never imagined: Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Singapore, Taiwan, Holland, Ecuador and France. I photo-documented my experiences and began a blog to share them with my family and friends. Eventually, I knew that my creativity and writing abilities could be used in a different outlet.
It all came together at the right time. About the same time I started looking for PR jobs, Jennie Klahre, who I went to UNC with, contacted me about an opening at RLF. The agency size, location and employees attracted me to RLF. I couldn’t have asked for a better-fitting job.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?
I really love spending time in local, independently-owned coffee shops and bookstores. Second to that would have to be dive bars, live music and singing to myself. I guess I like traveling too.
What was the last book you read?
“Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It” by Geoff Dyer. Contrary to what the title might suggest, the book has absolutely nothing to do with yoga. Dyer writes short essays about his adventures through exotic countries and his journey through life. His stories are jealousy inducing, enlightening, embarrassing, hilarious, thought provoking, and at times, downright sad. Dyer is a relatable person, whose life loosely parallels mine – the incessant need for self-discovery through travel, and writing and penning all the crazy everyday thoughts that drift through our minds.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I’d like to think that I will someday write my own.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Jimmy Fallon. Can we make this a week-long dinner?