Maureen Jenkins (BSJ89) is Director, Story Development, at Abbott. She serves as the Public Affairs team's "lead storyteller", uncovering, reporting, and developing stories that showcase the global healthcare company's people, science, and innovation. She also serves as an internal consultant and coach to her Public Affairs colleagues as they tell the brand's stories around the world. This newly created role takes advantage of all her previous career experience, from journalism to corporate communications and public relations, to working abroad.
Before joining Abbott, Maureen worked as a Global Internal Communications Manager at McDonald’s Corporation. There, she helped tell the story of Brand McDonald's to internal and external audiences while providing members of the company's senior leadership with speechwriting and management communications support.
Aside from her day job, she’s a freelance travel, food, and lifestyles writer who maintains "Urban Travel Girl", a blog that encourages readers to "live globally through international travel."
Medill taught her how to thoroughly report and to write well — skills she’s employed for more than 20 years. Since graduation, she’s enjoyed a diverse career that includes experience with newspaper; magazine and online reporting; agency public relations; and multinational corporate communications for Boeing, McDonald’s, Archer Daniels Midland, and Accenture. She’s covered everything from fashion and food to religion and pop culture. She’s even shared her journalistic experiences with Medill freshmen by teaching a News Writing lab. Her passion has taken her around the world, living in Florence and outside Paris, and working as a freelance travel, food, and lifestyle journalist and communications consultant.
“None of this would have been possible without the world-class education — and invaluable network — I gained from attending Medill,” she says.
The best part of her Medill experience is the lifelong relationships and connections she’s built. Friendships date back to her Medill Cherub (a summer program for high school journalists) days. Equally rewarding are the relationships she still enjoys with Medill professors, including Roger Boye, “one of our fearless Cherub leaders back in 1984!” Not only did faculty offer her encouragement and support during college, they’ve also continued to act as mentors throughout her career. “The bonds you build at Medill are real.”