Janet Isabelli Wilkerson

About

Janet has served as a public relations, marketing and event consultant to dozens of the nation’s premier destinations for more than 17 years. Before founding IMR in 2011, she held the position of Vice President at Wagstaff Worldwide, where she led the company’s Midwest office for nearly a decade. Previously, Janet served as the Assistant Director of College Programming at the University Chicago, where she oversaw large-scale events for students of The College. She gleaned foundational career experience working for renowned branding expert Adrienne Weiss. In her tenure, Janet has represented internationally recognized entities such as Soho House Group, InterContinental Hotels, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the James Beard Foundation and numerous others. The media relations campaign for Chicago’s annual, premier epicurean event – Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet – falls under her agency’s care, as well as those for countless, award-winning restaurants and chefs. A Chicago native since 1995, she has contributed to many of the city’s leading non-profit organizations including Chicago Gateway Green, Lookingglass Theater, CASA of Cook County and the Ferrer Foundation. She was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40” emerging business professionals in 2007 and one of the city’s most influential women in food in 2015 by Chicago Woman magazine. Additionally, she was honored in Newcity magazine’s “Food & Drink 50″ in 2011, 2013 and 2017. Janet holds undergraduate degrees in Spanish Language & Literature and Law, Letters & Society from the University of Chicago, where she remains active in the alumni community. In addition to fitness and cooking, she enjoys exploring islands all over the world…and Instagramming the moments of each and every journey.
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