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Meet Mariah Oates of Bowie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariah Oates.

Hi Mariah, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Since high school, I knew that I wanted to work in Communications. For the last 13 years, I have learned how to be an on-air personality, do tv production, video editing, social media, and Public Relations. I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to become well-rounded in the comms industry.

By understanding the correlation between displaying talent and articulating brand stories, I’ve used my media relations perspective to ensure brands appeal to their audiences and pitch worthy to publications. Before launching my PR agency in 2017, I worked with networks including ESPNU and MTV, where I learned the ropes of being an on-air personality. Upon opening my business, I could secure client placements in publications such as Ebony Magazine, Travel Noire, Teen Vogue, Essence, XoNecole, Black Enterprise, and a host of others, including local news and radio.

After resigning from my PR agency in 2020, I became the Communications Manager for the Black maternal health non-profit Mamatoto Village. I served as the Digital Lead for the DMV’s leading Millennial Motherhood Non-Profit Organization District Motherhood. I have been named one of D.C.’s most influential entrepreneurs by four organizations and was listed on Vice’s DMV 35 Under 35 list. I want to think my credentials matched my expertise, making me the go-to resource for all things Public Relations, Media, and Motherhood.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth road? Not! I’ve faced so much adversity. People say things like, “you won’t make any money in Communications” to “What is a PR.” To be clear, PR is what I do, not who I am – but that’s a topic for another day! I’ve been on “earn status” my whole life, so nothing was handed to me. To this day, I’ve had to fight through my “not enough complex.” I’ve been underpaid, overlooked, and overworked; I’ve had people take my kindness for weakness and take advantage. I could go on and on. That’s why staying grounded, and tunnel vision to your goals is so important. All of that made me stronger and a better person.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have so many roles. First and foremost, I am a MOM, and that’s no easy task. I am also an Entertainment + Lifestyle Publicist, the Communications Manager for Mamatoto Village, a Black Maternal Health non-profit in Washington, DC, and the digital lead for District Motherhued, the DMV’s leading Millennial Motherhood Non-Profit Organization.

I am proud of my ability to articulate brand stories. As a publicist, I use my media relations perspective to ensure brands are appealing to their audiences and pitch worthy to publications. Over the years, I have secured client placements in publications such as Ebony Magazine, Travel Noire, Teen Vogue, Essence, XoNecole, Black Enterprise, Refinery 29; we can, and a host of others, including local news and radio.

How do you define success?
When I think about the word success, I instantly think about legacy. It’s about being part of something bigger than myself and bringing real change and value to the world.

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