Curiosity creates courage
By Landry Allred
Growing up in Houston, Sarah Spitz was always drawn to the energy of cities.
After doing a summer internship in New York during college, she immediately knew she had to move there. Following graduation from Moody College’s Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, what started as a two-year stay in New York turned into 10 years.
“In two years, I felt I had only scratched the surface of the city,” said Spitz, who earned her public relations degree in 2008. “I took away the timeline and decided to just enjoy my experience until I wanted something different.”
She eventually became vice president for the Brooklyn, New York branch at Bateman Group — a PR firm based in San Francisco, California — and works in the life sciences unit. In January 2019, she returned to Austin solo to start another branch of the firm.
Spitz said the university’s communication degree provides a foundation useful in any professional pursuit.
“It doesn’t really matter what your first job is,” Spitz said. “There’s so many more jobs out there than people think there are.”