Mary Beth Ikard

Public Relations in Nashville, Tennessee

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Mary Beth is an accredited public-relations practitioner with 15+ years' experience communicating for government, non-profit, and corporate organizations—primarily in cause-marketing and public affairs. She's led in-house communications or served on teams offering strategic PR support and coalition-building around complex issues, such as: early-childhood education, human services for vulnerable populations, private-sector healthcare, transportation and quality growth, tobacco prevention, and animal welfare. She earned the 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in her industry sector; was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as both a 2011 Woman of Influence and one of the city's Top 40 Under 40 for 2015; and is active with the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club.

Ikard also volunteered as 2013-14 Chair for the Chamber's YPNashville, and as the founding co-chair for The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee's young-professionals' development arm, Generation Conservation. Her service-record on area nonprofit boards includes Homework Hotline, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Tennessee Conservation Voters, Transit Now Nashville, and the League of Women Voters. She holds a B.A. from one of America's top-five undergraduate journalism programs, and is currently an MFA candidate with the Sewanee School of Letters. Ikard enjoys live improvisational music, antiques, and power-walking the Mossy Ridge Trail.

  • Work
    • Public Relations Professional
  • Education
    • Indiana University Bloomington