Meet Whitney Lee
Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Whitney is proud to be a “Hattiesburger” and will always be, no matter where life may take her. She is the baby of three children and quickly learned she had to speak up if she wanted to make it with the big kids. That she did.
Fast forwarding a few years, Whitney attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in 2008 with Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and minor in Spanish. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Florida State University in 2010. She has been a resident of Destin, Florida, since 2009.
Whitney began freelance marketing and public relations consulting in 2013 at the ripe age of 26. In 2015, she launched a boutique agency, Sociallee PR & Media Co, which currently services countless local, regional and nationwide clients in varying industries. SocialLee offers strategic Public Relations, as well as digital and social media planning and execution. In addition to the agency, Whitney hosts a weekly virtual show, “Everything” through Get the Coast, a forward-thinking media company that brought the first visual news source to the Okaloosa and Walton County area.
Earlier in her career, Whitney had a taste of the corporate world, serving as the Director of Marketing at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, spearheading all Marketing, Public Relations, and Social Media efforts for the resort, as well as Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood and Serenity by the Sea Spa. Following graduate school, she started her career as an intern at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, before climbing her way to Events & Marketing Manager. There she assisted in all marketing and social media for the resort and spa, as well as planning over 100 events and festivals a year in the waterfront shopping and events center, HarborWalk Village.
Involvement and Awards
Statewide Executive Board – VP of Membership – Florida Public Relations Association 2018- present
Board Member – Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of FPRA – 2012- Present
Board Member – Destin Chamber of Commerce – 2018-Present
President – Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of FPRA – 2015-2016
President’s Award – Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of FPRA – 2015
Communicator of the Year – Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of FPRA – 2014
Best Sense of Humor – Every Year of High School (yep, I went there)
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