We Heart: PR Pro, Minou Nguyen

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Minou Nguyen

37 | Queen Anne

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Occupation: Founder and Managing Partner at Illuminate Public Relations


From Eastern Washington to the big leagues of Seattle, this sassy go-getter has been paving her own way to success one opportunity at a time.

After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Communications and a minor in International Business, Minou decided to permanently call our beloved city her home and pursue a career here in public relations.

Minou’s first taste of the business came from her experience as PR intern for Waggener Edstrom where she worked on high profile accounts such as Microsoft. After that, her career in technology PR took off and she went on to work for an international firm where she got the opportunity to manage the Internet Business Unit—an up and coming and important sector of all companies at that time.

Eventually, Minou decided to take a break from the big agency world and planned to go on sabbatical for three months. Her passion and drive for what she does got the best of her though when former clients and colleagues started contacting her to help them launch their companies and manage their reputation—she gladly jumped at the challenge and began building her own business.

As the Founder and current Managing Partner of her company, Illuminate Public Relations, Minou and her talented PR team specialize on companies within the digital media sector including those focused on online advertising, social media, online video, mobile and performance marketing.  Some of her past clients include Infospace, AskJeeves Kids and Qpass.

She also manages to find time to give back to the community as a member of the Communications Committee at Mary’s Place, a unique shelter and compassionate organization that provides hot meals, showers, clothing and blankets for homeless women and children.

You have to work hard to play hard, and Minou’s passion for traveling will have her jet-setting off on an exotic escape this year—Hong Kong or Greece are both in the running. In addition to traveling, her other interests and hobbies include cooking and spending time with her amazing family and friends, all of whom keep her grounded and happy.

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