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We had the opportunity to sit down and interview the founder of Jane Owen Public Relations (JOPR), Jane Owen, to discuss her entrepreneurial career and corporate goals. Born in the USA, and educated in Greece and England, she has worked her whole adult life in Public Relations and Publicity. With a degree from Brunel University in London, Jane started her career working for Joan Rolls and Van Cleef & Arpels and moved to the US in 2002. Jane has had Jane Owen PR since 2011 and has won several awards in PR, Social Media, Charitable Engagements, and Entrepreneurship.
What’s it like growing up for you? What lessons did you learn from your childhood?
My parents always instilled in me a huge amount of confidence. They always supported me in every endeavor. I learned that if you just believe in yourself and take a leap of faith, eventually you will succeed.
What was your first real job and what did it teach you?
I worked as a bar back in a London pub. I cleared dirty glasses and ashtrays and brought clean ones to the bar. It was hard and humbling. It taught me that I could do anything even if it was a really crappy job.
What was the problem you set out to solve when you started your company/venture?
I started Jane Owen PR (JOPR) so I could work with companies that I believe in and that I could make a difference for. I get a lot of satisfaction from a successful campaign
What was your biggest challenge when starting your business?
My biggest challenge was my age. I had the experience but it was hard to convince people of that since I was still quite young. I often ignored questions about my age and focused their attention on my work. I no longer have this problem lol
What has been your biggest success or failure in recent memory? How did that make you feel?
I’ve had a number of great successes, happily. One recent achievement I love is that for a particular campaign I was told by Piers Morgan (who really knows his stuff) that he didn’t think I would get any press from mainstream media, but he said “if anyone can, you can” and then 10 days later he sent me a follow-up email congratulating me on the press achieved. That was fun.
What’re you most excited about for your company in the next few years?
I look forward to working with more publicly traded companies and international companies. We have a great team both in the USA and abroad and it’s great when we can all work on a campaign together.
In what ways do you give back to the community? Why is it important for you?
We do a few pro bono charity events every year. This year we helped a local homeless shelter in Connecticut. It is a great feeling to know you have made a difference.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Does anyone you want to thank through your journey as an entrepreneur?
My parents, my siblings, my friends, my partner Fernando Ferro and my daughter Lily. They are the reason I smile.
Is there anything you would like to share with our readers that we didn’t ask?
We are looking forward to the future. These last few years have been tough, and it’s likely there are still a few rough years ahead, but I feel excited about the future.
What’s the best way for others to learn more about you and your company?
Visit our website janeowenpr.com or Instagram @janeowenpr.