Nicole Stewart Schlesinger ’97 is a sixth-generation Dallasite. After graduating summa cum laude and with honors from Northwestern University's theatre department, Nicole acted professionally in New York and Los Angeles.
Nicole has produced the live storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) since 2011. She spoke at TEDxSMU and TEDxKIDS about the healing power of sharing your story. Her writings have has appeared in The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Modern Loss, and D Magazine. Dallas Observer featured her in their inaugural “People” issue, named her one of 100 Dallas Creatives, and awarded her Best Future Arts Leader.
Nicole is also an accomplished Pilates instructor whose videos can be seen On Demand. She works with students on their college essays and with people of all ages on their writing, story crafting, and speaking skills.
Priss Benbow ’79 has spent a quarter century in public relations. As president of Benbow International PR, she creates and executes public relations strategies and directs media campaigns to raise the visibility and credibility of client CEOs and their companies.
During her career, Ms. Benbow has worked with journalists in 17 countries, and her clients have had articles published in or aired on the world’s most recognized media. Before founding her firm, she worked in The White House press office where she served as a liaison to the White House press corps, and she also worked as a consultant at Bain & Company.
Ms. Benbow was a Fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute 2017–2018. While at Stanford, she developed an interest in social impact organizations and applied her skills in public relations to secure media coverage of the global refugee crisis.
Ms. Benbow has longstanding volunteer roles in community service in the areas of homelessness and education. In 2013–2014, she organized and led alumnae service events in three cities for the Hockaday Centennial Day of Service. Priss has also served as a member of the Alumnae Board of Visitors. She received a BBA in business from Southern Methodist University and earned her MA at the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Priss has taught classes in public relations as an instructor at Stanford’s Continuing Studies program.
With 25 years of experience, Chesie Hortenstine Breen ’84 is a highly valued, go-to resource in the luxury lifestyle, design, media and real estate spaces. A consultant to Jamestown/The Boston Design Center, she creates programming and marketing strategies and is Editor-in-Chief of ID BOSTON magazine, where she is responsible for all content development. Breen has helped build the careers of some of the most respected names in interior design: Bunny Williams, David Kleinberg, Cathy Kincaid, Nina Campbell, Lisa Fine Textiles and Amanda Lindroth. She has developed communications strategies for leading brands including QUADRILLE, Leontine Linens, Neiman Marcus, Swarovski, Baccarat, and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
Clients appreciate Chesie’s wide network of industry access, acumen for content development, and solid relationships with top editors at shelter and lifestyle magazines. Editor-at-Large for Hearst Design Group for ten years and currently a contributing editor at ELLE DECOR, she recognizes what decision makers look for when scrutinizing projects. She’s at the forefront of the changing landscape of digital media and is well-schooled in the new reality of balancing editorial with the matrix of social media, direct-to-consumer marketing, and promotion.
In 2015, Chesie joined forces with fashion industry and luxury lifestyle public relations veteran Ellen Niven to form NivenBreen where the two have combined their complimentary expertise and pooled resources into a modern business model servicing a vast array of clients. Chesie is also the founder and current chair of Lyford Cay Design Weekend and has chaired multiple events for Nantucket by Design and the Nantucket Historical Association. Committed to advancing the careers of young women, she serves as a National Director on the Hockaday Alumnae Association Board of Directors.
Evelyn Crowley ’99 is an independent copy director and creative strategist. She likes to make smart, engaging things for the Internet and real life. She also likes to think about how companies can leverage content to connect and resonate with their audience.
Evelyn started her career in editorial, where she learned the value of storytelling and the difference between a colon and semi-colon. She eventually made her way into marketing and advertising, inspired by the role that brands have come to play in our lives and their stake in shaping today’s cultural conversation. Evelyn has worked with publications such as Vogue and W, big companies including Spotify, Levi’s, and Revlon, creative agencies such as Spring Studios and Imprint Projects, and early-stage ventures such as natureofthings and 11 Honore.
Evelyn received a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College and earned her master’s in cinema and media studies from University of California, Los Angeles. She is based in Los Angeles, where she runs the digital culture site The Caret and enjoys the occasional hike with her terrier, Agnes.
As an experienced Chief Marketing Officer, Stephanie operates at the intersection of data and storytelling. She currently serves as CMO of Yoop, a disruptive ticketing startup based in New York City, and she is an advisor to early-stage companies in the food, apparel, transportation, and media sectors.
Previously, Stephanie served as CMO to Dallas-based startup Mizzen+Main. In this role, she built and scaled the company’s marketing, insights, and ecommerce capabilities and launched marketing initiatives, including a viral campaign with pro golfer Phil Mickelson.
Stephanie has also held roles in brand management at PepsiCo Frito-Lay, where she led marketing campaigns for Lay’s and Stacy’s Pita Chips. Prior to PepsiCo, she worked with LVMH on the Veuve Clicquot marketing team.