September 12, 2022
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Mary Claire Hill

Mary Claire Hill, 28
Director of Public Relations
MHP/Team SI
Little Rock

Mary Claire Hill wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she returned to Little Rock after earning a degree in business communications from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Work at an event center wasn’t thrilling and she hadn’t made many contacts.

So she “went knocking,” Googling interesting jobs, cold-calling professionals and meeting people for coffee to learn about their work. That’s how she met her boss, Kristen Vandaveer Nicholson, vice president of public relations at full-service marketing agency MHP/Team SI of Little Rock, who created a part-time job for Hill in 2017. 

Hill moved quickly through the company, progressing to public relations account executive by June 2018 and, in January, was promoted to director of public relations, overseeing a “small but mighty” team of three and handling up to 16 clients at any given time.

“What I love is that it challenges me to learn a lot about several different industries,” she said. “And no, I don’t have to be the expert in all of these different fields. But I get to learn from and share the stories of people who really are experts. And that, to me, I find really fulfilling.”

Hill is vice president of the board of the Little Rock chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, is vice president-elect of the Rotaract Club of Little Rock, is a member of the Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society of Central Arkansas and volunteers with the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.


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