Anyone who knows Wendy Hsiao could easily describe her as one of the most hardworking, energetic, passionate and goal-driven people that they have had the pleasure of working with. While all University of Georgia students and alumni are proud to call themselves Bulldogs, Wendy’s love for the city of Athens, the community, the school and the Pillars of the Arch can never be surpassed.
In 2007, Wendy learned that she could graduate a full year early, but she chose not to do so. She decided to stay the “extra” year to earn a New Media certification. Normally a six-semester program, Wendy finished all the required courses in two semesters. To this day, Wendy is still the only student to earn this certification in just two semesters. In addition to graduating with her bachelor’s degree in communications and certification in New Media, Wendy was chosen by her peers and professors to give the graduation speech at the Communications Department Commencement Ceremony.
Wendy loved her time at UGA because of all the great opportunities the city of Athens had to offer. Wendy belonged to several organizations including the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Advertising Club and the University Union. She also volunteered at the Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter and the McClesky-East Cobb YMCA.
Since her time at the University of Georgia, Wendy has conquered the world of communications and proven that she can take on any challenge set before her.
After graduation in May 2009, Wendy was offered a position at Cohn & Wolfe, one of the world’s most prestigious public relations agencies, in their Los Angeles office. While at Cohn & Wolfe, Wendy worked with some of their biggest clients including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walmart, WWE and Mattel. After working at Cohn & Wolfe, Wendy decided to work in-house doing PR at several corporations including a private preparatory preschool and one of Atlanta’s top restaurants.
With a love for giving back, Wendy later took a position at the Atlanta Humane Society, one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations. Wendy was hired as a public relations specialist but was promoted to marketing manager within nine months. For almost two years, Wendy doubled the number of funds and participants for the Tables for Tails event, generated multiple cross-marketing opportunities with local establishments such as Southern Proper Hospitality, and increased overall marketing and social media traffic for the organization by 40 percent.
With several managing roles by the time she was in her mid-20s, Wendy has proven that she is one of the most well-versed and experienced young professionals in her field. Her ability to lead, inspire and succeed was noticed by the editorial team at Modern Luxury. In 2015, Wendy was nominated as one of The Atlantan’s Women of Power & Influence. Wendy was the only person in public relations to receive this honor.
While her professional work proves to exceed standards time and time again, Wendy has also devoted many of her years to volunteer work. Her love of volunteering began when she was at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, when she was one of the few high school students to graduate with a community service honor cord for her 120+ hours of volunteer work. Since then, Wendy has volunteered with organizations such as the YMCA of the USA, Adopt a Golden Atlanta and the Kyle Korver Foundation.
Currently, Wendy Hsiao is a senior account executive at Hope-Beckham Inc (HBI). HBI is one of the top independent public relations firms in the country. At HBI, she works with a variety of clients such as PrimeSport, The TOUR Championship, ESPN Events’ Air Force Celebration Bowl, FusionHealth and NOWaccount. In addition to being the client lead on several of HBI’s accounts, Wendy is also the intern supervisor. With over eight years of experience in public relations, Wendy has proven to be an essential part of the HBI team not only as an employee, but as a trailblazer, innovator and mentor.
While outside the office, Wendy enjoys staying active with weekly fitness training, cheering on the Atlanta Hawks and learning to bake desserts from scratch. Although she is no longer in Athens, she still bleeds red and black. Wendy is a member of the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter: UGA Alumni Association Communications Committee and even takes the time to volunteer to write welcome cards to newly admitted Bulldogs every semester. She also takes care of a very special furry friend, a spirited Pomeranian with a name that encompasses everything Wendy values most - Georgia.