PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS & HOSPITALITY

Representatives for Women in Motorsports North America include the following individuals:

Liz Allison

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix - Director of Partnerships, Client Services and Events

Hometown | Residence:
Brentwood, TN | Nashville, TN

First Year in Racing: 1988

Greatest Accomplishment:
The Inaugural Music City Grand Prix.

Advice:
Always be the calmest person in the room.

Tina Barnes-Budd

Tina Barnes-Budd

President, Social Budderfly LLC

Hometown | Residence:
El Dorado, AR | Port Orange, FL

First Year in Racing: 1994

Greatest Accomplishment:
Started the entire social media program for the LPGA.

Advice:
The person you throw under the bus today could be driving it tomorrow.

Dawn Bell

Co-Chief Executive Officer at Southern Performance Partners

Hometown | Residence:
Charlotte, MI | Mooresville, NC

First Year in Racing: 2010

Greatest Accomplishment:
I started in 2010 as a greeter for the America LeMans Series to being a business partner with a new agency in 2021.

Advice:
Never doubt yourself and what you can accomplish if you put in the hard work and believe you can! Don’t get in your way!

Katie Brannan

PR, Bryan Herta Autosport

Hometown | Residence:
Sandpoint, ID | Gardnerville, NV

First Year in Racing: 1999

Greatest Accomplishment:
My position is to promote the accomplishments of others, the drivers, teams, and partners I represent.

Advice:
Tough times don’t last, tough people do, NEVER give up!

Kelly Brouillet

KBru Communications, President

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1999

Greatest Accomplishment:
When clients have told me I’m on their team for as long as they’re racing.

Advice:
If you want to be valuable in this business, know what makes you unique. Look for a need the sport has, find innovative, unique ways to fill that need, and make sure you’re the best at it.

Barbara J Burns

Barbara J Burns

CEO Burns Group Unlimited

Hometown | Residence:
Atlanta, GA | Atlanta, GA

First Year in Racing: 1979

Greatest Accomplishment:
Building a successful PR/consulting business in motorsports.

Advice:
Do your research, work hard, be professional and build your network. Be honest, communicate appropriately and step outside your comfort zone to grow in your career. Never say “no” for someone else, ask the question because the response might be “yes”.

Gill Campbell

Director of Business Development, AERO Marketing group

Hometown | Residence:
Exeter, UK | Monterey, CA

First Year in Racing: 1988

Greatest Accomplishment:
Procuring MotoGP for Laguna Seca Raceway.

Advice:
Never give up and listen to wise counsel.

Danielle Cyr

Speedway Motorsports - Director of Marketing & Speedway Children's Charities NH

Hometown | Residence:
Beacon Falls, CT | Laconia, NH

First Year in Racing: 2017

Greatest Accomplishment:
Taking a leap of faith from a safe career, moving to a new state and sport I was unfamiliar with.

Advice:
When life’s road has pot holes and speed bumps it makes you a better driver.

Kate Davis

Kate Davis

INDYCAR Director of Communications

Hometown | Residence:
Concord, CA | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 2001

Greatest Accomplishment:
Building the digital video team for the relaunch of NASCAR.com in 2013.

Advice:
It’s PR not ER.

Alexis Erickson

Performance Racing Network, Strategic Partnerships Manager

Hometown | Residence:
Newark, DE | Mooresville, NC

First Year in Racing: 2005

Greatest Accomplishment:
Coordinating and covering the Doug Double in 2015 where PRN’s Doug Rice became the first broadcaster to complete The Double, covering both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Advice:
Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Growth only happens beyond that point.

Julie Esmer

GM, Cadillac Assistant Marketing Manager - Performance

Hometown | Residence:
Chesaning, MI | Chesaning, MI

First Year in Racing: 2015

Greatest Accomplishment:
Integration of General Motors into the IMSA app.

Advice:
Ask all the questions. Every single time you hear “We’ve always done it this way,” ask “Why?”

Tiffany Huezo

DALLARA LLC, MARKETING & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Hometown | Residence:
Milan, Italy | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 2020

Greatest Accomplishment:
In progress…

Advice:
Life is a learning process. You never stop learning! 

Rae Kauder

rae-works, llc Owner & Founder

Hometown | Residence:
Palm Coast, FL | Cornelius, NC

First Year in Racing: 1995

Greatest Accomplishment:
Being a part of the team that transitioned the Winston Cup Series to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

Advice:
Grow your network! Take time each week to reach out to different people you’ve met through the years to keep relationships alive.

Katie Kiel

Former Motorsports Reporter

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1999

Greatest Accomplishment:
Covering the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500; and Helio Castroneves’ historic fourth Indianapolis 500 win

Advice:
I was always told to be willing to make sacrifices to build the CAREER I wanted, but I didn’t want to make sacrifices. You can have it all when you build the LIFE you want.

Jennifer Kolpasky

Event Manager- Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hometown | Residence:
Oakland Twp, MI | Mt. Pleasant, NC

First Year in Racing: 2018

Greatest Accomplishment:
Distinguished Service Award from the Concord Police Department.

Advice:
Approach everything with kindness in your mind and heart. A little love and compassion towards friends, coworkers, and strangers can make all the difference in the world.

Judy Kouba Dominicik

Chevrolet Racing Trackside Communications Representative

Hometown | Residence:
Sedalia, CO | Winston Salem, NC

First Year in Racing: 1986

Greatest Accomplishment:
Receiving the Jim Chapman Award for Excellence in Motorsports Public Relations.

Advice:
Respect the history of the sport in your series of choice. Building a solid, sustainable future includes knowing the history of the foundation on which you stand. Being innovative and forward-looking is critical, but having that solid knowledge of those who came before can only make you better.

Chelsea Lazzari

Sonoma Raceway, Special Projects and Community Relations Manager

Hometown | Residence:
Sonoma, CA | Napa, CA

First Year in Racing: 2016

Greatest Accomplishment:
Executing a STEM Day at the Raceway during IndyCar race weekend for elementary students.

Advice:
Listening and hearing are two different things. One of the best skills you can acquire in the workforce is listening.

Katie Leszcynski

INDYCAR - Social Media Specialist

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 2013

Greatest Accomplishment:
Getting to showcase the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion on all INDYCAR-owned social channels.

Advice:
The world of motorsports is small and supportive. Treat others how you’d want to be treated.

Luisa Macer

Luisa Macer

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Community Outreach and Fan Engagement Manager

Hometown | Residence:
Mexico City, MX | Carmel, Indiana

First Year in Racing: 2021

Greatest Accomplishment:
20 in their Twenties nominee by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Advice:
Do what is right, not what is easy.

Linda Mansfield

Restart Communications, Owner

Hometown | Residence:
Shippensburg, PA | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1970

Greatest Accomplishment:
First woman editorial staff member at National Speed Sport News; still currently writing for Speed Sport magazine.

Advice:
Don’t give up!

Kelsi Miller

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Senior Manager of Marketing and Public Relations

Hometown | Residence:
Snellville, GA | Hoschton, GA

First Year in Racing: 2007

Greatest Accomplishment:
Continual YOY ticket growth of a top motorsports destination event.

Advice:
A job worth doing is worth doing right. If you’re going to put your effort into something, go at it with full commitment and complete the job successfully.

Jes Morse

Team Penske Public Relations

Hometown | Residence:
Westchester, NY | Mooresville, NC

First Year in Racing: 2012

Greatest Accomplishment:
2017 Monster Energy Public Relations Rep of the Year

Advice:
Do not say no to free or unpaid experience.

Deb Pollack

Drive Toward a Cure/Founder; Singer Vehicle Design/Publicist; Luxury Automotive Strategic Communications

Hometown | Residence:
Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles, CA

First Year in Racing: 1989

Greatest Accomplishment:
Harnessing the power within the automotive/enthusiast community to raise more than $1mm for Parkinson’s Disease.

Advice:
Imagine the possibilities – and take them on!

Linda Rosenberg

HALO Branded Solutions - AE; NBC Sports - IndyCar Production; Paretta Autosport - Marketing & Merchandising

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1985

Greatest Accomplishment:
Having clients stay with/refer me over the past 20+ years no matter where I happen to be working.

Advice:
Relationship building will always be the most important tool for advancement in business, as long as you remain diligent, honest; and don’t ever take those relationships for granted.

Judith V Stropus

Owner, JVS Enterprises

Hometown | Residence:
Kaunas, Lithuania | Ridgefield, CT

First Year in Racing: 1960

Greatest Accomplishment:
Induction into 2021 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (Sports Car category)

Advice:
Always give more than expected. “You’ll get over it.”