D+P 20: Alumni Reflections 
D+P Public Relations

D+P 20: Alumni Reflections 

By Mylin Batipps

Devine + Partners wouldn’t be where it is today without its talented current and former staff who have helped pave the way to 20 years in business. To help celebrate #DP20, some alumni have reconnected with us to share some favorite memories from their time at D+P. Look for more alumni thoughts to come in the future. 

 Amanda Piccirilli-Hall

My favorite D+P memory was getting to work on the BMW Championship. As a huge sports (and golf!) fan, it was great to work with our client to provide pre-, during, and post-event support around the championship. It was amazing to be up close and personal on such a huge sporting event.” 

Cassie McAllister

“I have so many memories from D+P (it was my first job out of college!) – from doing social media for the Philadelphia Science Festival, to convincing mascots to repel off of a building for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, to chasing camera men at the Mann Center, to working with Eagles players (Conner Barwin and Brent Celek), to seeing the Pope during his visit to Philadelphia, to writing cue cards for Mark Ruffalo for a William Penn commercial, to being one of the first people on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk as part of The Circuit Trails. It was a very memorable first job and really taught me how to hustle! I also got to write a lot at D+P and tell our client’s stories, which is a big part of my role today. I think being a good writer/storyteller is one of the best skills you can have!” 

Molly Donnelly (Early) 

“There are too many D+P memories to count! The leadership team at D+P are not only insanely talented and well-respected throughout Philadelphia—they are incredible humans. I was so grateful to learn from them and create fond memories – from endless events at the Philadelphia Zoo, ribbon cuttings along the Circuit Trails to motivating me to run my first Broad Street and shopping downtown on our lunch break. Cheers to 20 more years!” 

Kimberly Hallman

“D+P was my first job out of grad school, and I spent eight years with the company, so I have so many fond and formative memories. One of my most favorite experiences was staffing media at Outward Bound’s ‘Building Adventure’ fundraiser and then personally rappelling down the side of a 31-story city skyscraper! It was a genius experiential fundraising idea, and I learned a super fundamental communications lesson that day: to truly consider how consumers think/feel/perceive/internalize your brand. Plus, I have some amazing photo evidence.”  

Rebecca Morley 

“It’s hard to pick a favorite D+P memory! We had so many great experiences – from working with New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz to set a Guinness World Record and host the world’s first Sudoku tournament, to traveling around the country with MLB Hall of Famers George Brett and Dave Winfield to launch a baseball fan club. While I cherish the fun adventures and reflect on what my time there taught me, I’m mostly grateful for having worked with people who always led with integrity and who I am proud to call friends nearly a decade later.” 

Taylor Fleming 

“Since it was my first job out of college, my time at D+P helped set the foundation for me as a working professional. I learned incredible professionalism and networking skills while honing my writing, creative, and organization skills and learning about a wide variety of industries and the importance of PR for each one. But it was the little things that really mattered: building confidence through media pitching (that many times resulted in rejection), speaking to a client on the phone and assuaging any concerns about an issue, creatively problem solving to come up with great ideas for clients, and of course, practicing teamwork across many of the accounts that I worked on. In my current role, I still use so much of the foundational knowledge that I learned at D+P for many of those same things – writing, creativity, campaign planning, content creation, people skills, problem solving, professionalism and many more. I owe so much of it to my time at D+P, and I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had and the people that I worked with, who I still consider wonderful mentors and friends. Some of my favorite memories include working events at the Mann Center, planning and attending many D+P events, including a dinner with Sister Mary Scullion, working at a Brent Celek event (Go Birds!), and learning from great people.” 

Mylin Batipps

Mylin Batipps

As Account Supervisor, Mylin Batipps Jr. brings his experience in media relations, journalism, and corporate communications to help you tell your story.