Spotlight Wednesday: Meet Our GIRLS WHO ROCK Team

11 04 2011

Originally seen on – April 6, 2011

A core group of passionate “Renaissance women” make up the GIRLS WHO ROCK team. With diverse talent and well-rounded lives, they work countless hours to produce an amazing event which benefits girls’ education. GWR would not be the smashing, feel-good event without the contribution of these thoughtful and hardworking people, and we’d love for you to get to know them!

This Week: Jill Diedrich, @jill_diedrich, GWR PR Officer

How did you first connect with GIRLS WHO ROCK?

I was placed in front of co-founder Cynthia Hellen through my work as Director of Operations for Make Charity Cool. Before meeting, Cynthia had no idea our interests and my skill set would align to the point of me jumping aboard the GWR team the very night we met! Cynthia is so passionate about her work and I love and respect the empowerment that GWR brings across the globe. I am happy and excited to be helping the cause.

What’s your role on the GIRLS WHO ROCK team?

I am the Public Relations and Communication Officer for GWR.  My role involves reaching out to the media, strategically marketing GWR, and overseeing all communication efforts. I get to see the latest developments occurring at GWR and tell them to the world!

What’s your day job or professional/academic area of expertise?

I am a soon-to-be graduate at The University of Texas, majoring in Public Relations.  I am currently working part-time as an account executive for Hackney Communications, a boutique PR firm based out of Austin, Texas.  I am also the Director of Operations for Make Charity Cool, a budding non-profit working to inspire and change the world.  Doing PR for GWR allows me to bring together my communication skills and passion for empowering women and changing the world for the better, all in my favorite city and future home – New York City!

What’s the biggest lesson you have learned so far while helping to produce GIRLS WHO ROCK?

Enthusiasm is contagious.  Working with a team of enthusiastic women allows GIRLS WHO ROCK to thrive with others wanting to get involved and the media wanting to find out more.  It is important to enjoy what you do and believe what you preach. Watch out, because our enthusiasm for GWR has only just begun!

What’s the #1 thing you want people to know about what goes on behind the scenes of GIRLS WHO ROCK?

Our GWR crew is a support team of talented and motivated young women, working together to make positive changes in the world.  For many of us, our paths have crossed for the first time through our work at GWR, and yet we already feel connected – like we were always meant to be friends and working together for girls’ education all through the power of GIRLS WHO ROCK.  The beauty of technology allows us to stay connected on a daily basis.

Five Favorites of the moment (think fast!):

What is a memorable story or fact you learned about girls’ education in the developing world through She’s the First?

The main fact that of the 130 million youth who are out of school in the world, 70% are girls is mind-blowing to me. The gender gap must be closed, and there is no reason for girls to be left uneducated. Furthering girls’ education is critical for the future of the global community.

Give a shout out to a special teacher or mentor who shaped your own education, so that you can be where you are today in NYC, on the team.

My parents are the reason I got my educational opportunities, and they gave me the resources I needed to succeed.  The motivation and support I gained from my parents as mentors is incomparable. Obviously, I took advantage of these opportunities and made it to where I am today.  I think everyone deserves the opportunity to receive an education and that is what She’s the First and GWR is all about.

In terms of brand and image, how can a non-profit or business develop their overall look and signature style?

In terms of brand and image, a nonprofit can stand out by having a bold look, strong message, and unique style.  Clearly our message is strong, and GWR is especially unique in its initiatives of music, technology and design.  Staying ahead of the curve with technology is where non-profits and businesses need to be.  GWR exceeds this expectation through its use of social media and technology in general.  It stands out by being on a national platform and having the power to reach people anywhere, anytime with a consistent message and collaborative style.

Fill in the Blank: A GIRL WHO ROCKS is can change the world!

Check back each Wednesday for a new profile on someone from our team and the GWR council!


March Madness

24 03 2011

If blogs have the ability to feel neglected, mine deserves at least a dozen roses.  With that said, tonight I get to spoil it with many juicy details that have occurred during this great month dedicated to women’s history.

As for the March Madness, let’s not even talk about the basketball due to the end of the run for my horns… let’s just stick to the happy stories…

The Bravery @ the ACL Moody Theater

I don’t even remember what happened during the first week of March, BUT two weeks ago Hackney Communications had the pleasure of representing RISE Week Austin, the largest free entrepreneurial conference in the world.  In its fifth year, RISE Global kicked off the week with Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET and the RLJ Companies.  As I sat and listened to his speech, I could feel the passion and motivation behind all the entrepreneurs in the room working towards success.  Austin is a city of innovation and a pinnacle for entrepreneurs.  Needless to say, RISE Week Austin was a huge success.  It ended with an Awards and Bash at the W hotel with a performance by The Bravery!

Next up was my much-anticipated trip back to THE city for the New York Texas Exes Seminar.  The week was FILLED with office visits, networking events, meeting new friends and visiting old friends.  I LOVED it.

Of course, it made me want to move to the city for good, like yesterday, but I am still determining my plans post-graduation.  Whether I keep living the life Austin or take a leap of faith to the city, I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends, and professional mentors.  I am full of motivation by nature, but it’s certainly nice to have people to cheer for and for those people to cheer for me!

One very exciting development that resulted from my trip to NYC is my new position with GirlsWhoRock NY.  As the newly appointed PR & Communication Officer, I will be helping create a rocking concert scheduled for June 10 benefitting girls’ education in Uganda!  More deets to come for sure.  Definitely visit the website @ and join the conversation on twitter #GWR2011.  See ya again in June, New York City!!!

As for this week, I am writing my life away as a PR major and preparing for my grandma and aunt to visit Austin for the first time EVER next week! Kind of fitting to end Women’s History Month with a few generations of my favorite women: my mom and her sister and the woman who started our history together: my grandmother.

Then I will be jet-setting to Miami for the IMG World Congress of Sports, another perk of working for Hackney Comm.  Bienvenidos a Miami!

“I wish you couldn’t figure me out, but you’d always wanna know what I was about.” –Kate Nash, Nicest Thing

26 01 2011

This one’s for my ladies.  Chick songs on repeat… Love Kate Nash and her beautiful, real lyrics!

Lovin’ the Live Music in Austin

24 10 2010

ACL 2010

As a way overdue post, this year’s Austin City Limits music festival was most described as “life-changing”.  We witnessed the best weather that any ACL had seen.  I didn’t even have a pass to this year’s festival, but I found a cheap ticket seller and got my way in – even making it VIP by Sunday.

Miike Snow

ACL is a three-day music festival, and I’m sad to say I missed this year’s Friday line-up.  But I did manage to make it to the free ACL official after-party featuring Miike Snow on Friday night!  The after-party was held at The Belmont, which was a really cool venue.  The staff, however, could use some more training, but I won’t dwell on that.   My friend Lauren and I listened to the advice of promoter girls in pink wigs and got in through the side door instead of waiting in line.  Of course, we learned that the line gave us the wristbands we needed to get into the concert. (Go figure!)  So I immediately told Lauren to get her $20’s out, because we were going to pay our way in.  Luckily, we found a nice guy whose boyfriend was a bartender at The Belmont, and he didn’t care if he got in one way or another.  So he graciously gave us 2 wristbands fo’ free! We ended up being the first people let in (since we obviously weren’t waiting in line anymore), and we got front row!!! The concert was amazing; Miike Snow is so talented! Loved it.


Saturday marked day 2 of ACL, and Lauren and I managed to find our friendly ticket-seller and scored tix by 4 pm.  Dressed in tie-dye, we heard the end of The Temper Trap as we entered Zilker Park and found our way to the LCD Soundsystem Stage.  It was the beginning of a great day and night.  Next up was Deadmau5 – which may have been my all time favorite show of the weekend – night had come and the strobe lights and glow in the dark ‘mouse head’ got the crowd moving.  We danced and found glow-in-the-dark accessories to add to our hippie outfits.  Although I had to forfeit seeing MIA in concert for Deadmau5, it was worth it.  MIA’s stage was just too far away to do both.  We then walked to the next stage to see Muse, which I had doubts about, but they were very impressive live.  As the show came to a close, the thousands of people at ACL crowded the exits and made it virtually impossible to get home right away. My girlfriends and I stopped at Baby A’s for some purple margs and fajitas.  We had big plans of going downtown to 6th Street afterwards, but fell fast asleep on the couch when we finally made it home. All in all, a huge success.

VIP Wristbands

The final day of ACL brought us good luck and VIP access – thanks to our friendly ticket-seller.  Band of Horses started off our afternoon right.  Great music to chill, eat, drink and people watch.  We made our way to the VIP tent for free drinks and free snacks!  From the tents, we could hear Norah Jones, and we eagerly waited for the headline band of the night: The Eagles.  The Eagles were great, and the crowd was pumped.  It turned out to be an unexpectedly great weekend.  Until next year, ACL….

Casey Hubble Band

Since then, I have been in live music mode.  From introducing my friend from Australia to true Texan singers and two-stepping the night away at Hole in the Wall to hitting up Momo’s on West 6th for a little Curtis Grimes and Casey Hubble.  I now have plans to see STS9 on Halloween’s Eve at Stubbs.  It’s going to be an epic night of dancing in our Halloween costumes and heading down to the madness of 6th Street when the concert ends.  I just purchased a German beer girl costume – beer mug purse and all!

Just keeping the Live Music Capitol of the World alive!

Live Music Capitol of the World