Meet The Team


Caren Leonard, Founder & President

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With nearly a decade of experience in the hospitality public relations industry, Caren Leonard has worked on an array of clients including hotels, large-scale events, lifestyle brands, fast casual concepts, chef-driven restaurants, trade shows and more. Over the years, she has built an extensive network of media contacts and industry connectors in the Chicago market and beyond that garner editorial placements for clients and generate awareness in the public eye.

With the ability to identify emerging trends in the lifestyle and hospitality industries, she has secured major media results in print, online and broadcast throughout her career including the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Popular Mechanics, Food and Wine, American Way, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, CS, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago magazine, WLS-TV’s Windy City Live, WGN TV’s Midday News and many more.


Charlotte Murphy, Account Executive

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Charlotte joined the CJPR team in March 2017 and adds a level of passion to each client using her stellar writing skills, always-evolving social media strategy and experience in engaging audiences of all demographics. Charlotte is originally from Chicago’s South Side and graduated Elmhurst College with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications with a focus on public relations. She now lives in Wicker Park and enjoys exploring neighborhood restaurants, running along the new 606 Trail and training for the Chicago Marathon, where she previously qualified for Boston.


Adam Sokolowski, Social Media Consultant
 

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Adam is a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and Marketing from Olin Business School. After graduating in 2014, Adam worked at a couple of startups before embarking on his own entrepreneurial pursuits. Since then, Adam has been wearing many hats in his own social media marketing company, namely as a social content creator, brand strategist, and paid social media specialist. He is passionate about using digital media to tell a compelling narrative for your brand, and as an influencer himself, understands the intricacies and nuances of this nascent industry. Adam has collaborated with various tech startups, small businesses, public relations firms, hospitality groups, and Forune 500 companies to produce and direct meaningful digital content for their audience as well as his own.


Megan Rogers-Reilley, PR Assistant 

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Megan joined the CJPR team in April of 2018 as a PR Assistant. Originally from Evanston, IL, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and an art minor. In addition to her work with CJPR, Megan is the founder, editor, and creative director of Bowtiful Life, a Chicago-based life and style blog. Megan’s experience as an influencer brings a unique perspective to the CJPR team while complementing her social media, communication, photography, and digital design skills. Megan currently lives on the North Side of Chicago and loves exploring the city’s extensive array of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and up-and-coming hot spots.