More About PR Mama


This is my personal blog.  I’m unsponsored, less uncensored than I’d prefer and fairly uninfluential. But I love to write, and blogging has roused a passion that’s lain dormant since I was a kid and winning Cricket magazine awards all over the place (if you were born after 1975, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about.)

I’ve been a PR practitioner for 20 years, a wife for 10 and a mom for 6. My day job:  president of DeVries Public Relations, a leading consumer PR agency.  My 24/7 job: wife and mom. I work in Manhattan and live in northern New Jersey.  I am married to a Russian ballroom dancer who is now a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is very handsome and an excellent date to have at wedding receptions. He also has a wonderful accent, cooks like a babushka and after a twelve years in this country still mangles the English language on a regular basis.

I write about personal and professional stuff, what inspires and influences me. I write about being married to a Russian, being the mother of a gorgeous and unruly son, of loving my job and sometimes hating my job. I often take side trips into ’70s and ’80s nostalgia that will bore and alienate half of you reading this. Often my writing alarms my boss, but then again he startles easily.

Oh, and this is the part my company’s legal department would like me to share: “The postings on this site are my own thoughts and opinions and do not necessarily represent the positions, strategies or opinions of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc, or their clients.”

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  1. Marina
    June 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Hi! My name is Marina Im argentinien, im studying PR
    your blog is great!

    See u

  2. ssmirnov
    June 19, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Hey, Marina, thanks so much for visiting and for the comment! (You’ve picked a terrific field to study, by the way.)

  3. kim broadley
    September 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Steph,
    I found this site while surfing with my daughter! I am so excited that I think this is Steph from high school…this is kim reisser. Your blog is great. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I really though she was so great. I was tickled to hear your son is in kindergarten. I teach kindergarten. He sounds like a great kid!

  4. Tiffani Carter
    June 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Stephanie, you are such a wordsmith! Wonderful reading and i’m happy to follow along….

  5. julieperrault
    September 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Stephanie!
    Stumbled on your blog via Valerie Simon’s post. Love it! If you ever need a PR mama guest star…I’m in. Well, I’m not a star, but I’m in PR and I have 4 kids under 4…does that count?

  6. Claire
    September 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    My dad, David Henderson, told me about you yesterday and I have read many of your postings and love them! I will be a regular!

    • ssmirnov
      September 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Nice to meet you, Claire! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. September 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thrilled to have met you at Type-A Mom – your writing is fab and I think you are a bloggy queen! 🙂

  8. October 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Was awesome listening to you speak at the Type-A Mom Conference and inspiring to read your thoughts here. You rock the PR scene! (and the dance floor 😉

  9. Anonymom
    December 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

    You’ll be happy to hear that Cricket is alive and well! My kids love all their mags, they have quite an age range covered now. Still well-written, still have goofy cartoon subplots running along the bottom of the pages. Highlights is around, too. It’s not just for doctors’ offices anymore. (Nice blog!)

    • ssmirnov
      December 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

      You just made my day! I am so happy to hear Cricket still exists. I have every issue from 1975-1980 in boxes in my basement and they are as fresh and wonderful now as they were then. I’ll have to check out the current issues, thanks for letting me know.

  10. December 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Hello Mrs. Smirnov,
    I just got into reading your blog/twitter posts after being accepted for an internship at DeVries for the upcoming spring semester. I hope to get to know you personally when I start in January! You seem like you really love what you do and that is so inspiring to see from my position.

    Happy Holidays,
    Myles Worthington

  11. January 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    I love your site! The reason I am writing today is to say I believe you were blogging live from the World Business Forum and saw Patrick Lencioni speak. His new book is coming out next week and I am writing to ask if you’d like a review copy?

    Thanks, Amy

  12. January 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    An “Extraordinary Mommy” told me about your blog & twitter feed. So here I am! Love, love your “more about PR Mama” page. I LMAO!

    Your sidebar says you’re speaking at Blissdom. I’m a newbie and will be there. Looking forward to hearing you speak.


    • ssmirnov
      January 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Hey, Lizzie! Look forward to meeting you at BlissDom. And any friend of Danielle the Extraordinary is a friend of mine 🙂

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