Las Vegas PR executive, mentor heads nonprofit

Vegas Voices is a weekly series highlighting notable Las Vegans.

Raised in Long Island, just outside of Queens, Michelle St. Angelo says she was “sort of an adventurous kid.” That spirit of adventure inspired her to attend Indiana University in Bloomington while most of her friends attended schools closer to home.

“It had space and greenery and all this stuff that I wasn’t used to — it totally opened my eyes to the fact that there’s this whole life outside the East Coast where things are more affordable and people are nicer. And it gave me the courage to explore more.”

After working briefly in Manhattan after graduation, that same spirit brought her to Las Vegas in 2004, where she got an entry-level job in public relations. Today, the 37-year-old is vice president of hospitality and lifestyle PR for Allied Global Marketing and vice-chairwoman of the United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council — the youngest to ascend to that role in the organization’s history. She guides and updates about 120 members on funding programs and signature events, such as the nonprofit’s upcoming Suit Drive.

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2, the organization will be collecting new or gently used professional attire, accessories, handbags and jewelry at NV Energy’s offices at 6226 W. Sahara Ave. Donated items will benefit Southern Nevada organizations with back-to-work programs for women including Dress for Success of Southern Nevada, Goodwill Career Connections, HopeLink of Southern Nevada, S.A.F.E. House, SafeNest, The Shade Tree and the Work Opportunities Readiness Center of HELP of Southern Nevada.

Review-Journal: When you came to Las Vegas, how did you see the environment toward professional women?

Michelle St. Angelo: Coming from New York and working in Manhattan, working in environments where women are leaders, if there’s a glass ceiling, I’m oblivious to it. I’ve also been lucky to work in an industry that, quite frankly, is pretty female-dominated. So I don’t even think I was ever held back by the notion that perhaps I wouldn’t ascend to the roles in life that I wanted. My dad was a baseball coach, so I feel like I grew up with the mindset of an athlete on what it takes to be a champion. That mindset was always about getting to where you want to go and not paying attention to the obstacles.

So what drew you to mentoring young women?

I believe that more women in leadership roles is better for the world. I believe for a more conscious, more kind capitalism, for a more thriving economy and more thriving society, it’s necessary to have more females in power. I certainly see less frequency of women in leadership roles. And what I stand for is changing that and getting more women in high-power positions.

What are the biggest gender-specific career challenges young women face, and how do you help them overcome them?

I think women struggle at times with going after the life we want, versus the life we should have. I went through that in my life, so I like to draw on that experience to connect with women who might be at that fork in the road. My approach with young women in my industry is to help them listen to the voice within and figure out how they can have it all.

In public relations, your job is to promote your clients, present their case to the world, or as some call it, be a cheerleader for your client. Do you see the role that way? And if so, do you enjoy it?

Funny story: We didn’t have a cheer squad at my high school, but we had a dance team and I was captain. So I think inherently I am a cheerleader. As someone who wants to be a powerful woman, and once I got the bug to be a businesswoman, I used to degrade the value of that girl that I once was. Saying your job is to be a cheerleader almost makes you say, “Is that a respectable job?” But what I’ve now discovered is there is such value in that, especially now. With all of the political turmoil, with all of the anger, I think there’s no more important job than to be positive about things and find the joy in life. I have the best job in the world. I get to promote all the things you can do for fun in this awesome city. And there’s value in that.

What is the goal of the Suit Drive?

There is a particular confidence-building aspect to (wearing) something that you feel good in — especially women who may have been down on their luck. We collect new or gently used professional items: suits, dresses, handbags, jewelry, all of that. And then we donate them to back-to-work programs for women through several organizations. So to me, what’s important for a woman who might not have access to a nice handbag or jewelry is not so much about what the other person might think when you walk in with a nice handbag, as much as it’s about how you feel when you put that outfit on and you have that handbag. I believe that a confident woman who is proud of who she is, when she walks into that interview, she’s much more likely to land that job. And that’s why it’s important.

Getting to know: Michelle St. Angelo

Currently obsessed with?

Purple Carrot, the plant-based meal delivery service. I get it almost every week. It saves me so much time food shopping and figuring out what to cook, and ignites my creativity in the kitchen.

Newest Vegas discovery?

Hugo’s Cellar. I can’t believe I went almost 14 years here before finally discovering it.

Place you always take visitors?

The Spa at Red Rock Resort (my visitors like to be pampered).

Currently reading?

“Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. I’ve been on a kick lately where I’m trying to read all the classic novels that I somehow never read in school.

Piece of art that truly moved you?

George Balanchine’s “Serenade” always brings me to tears. I’ve been lucky to see it performed a few times by Nevada Ballet Theatre.

Favorite possession/hand-me-down?

My grandmother’s wedding ring, which I had made into a cocktail ring. I wear it almost every day.

Contact Al Mancini at Follow @AlManciniVegas on Twitter.

Extreme weather closes Scenic Loop in Red Rock Canyon
High winds and flooding closed the Scenic Loop in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area Thursday. Minor flooding across Highway 159 caused drivers to slow, but didn't close the road. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mount Charleston Gets Heavy Snow, Fog
Mount Charleston saw heavy snow today, and fog in lower elevations as a cold front swept across the Las Vegas Valley. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tourists enjoy rain in downtown Las Vegas
Tourists break out the umbrellas. But Brian Herting of Lincoln, Nebraska, dons shorts and a T-shirt, as he makes his way through downtown Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Thick fog blanketed Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday
Thick fog blanketed Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday. The National Weather Service.forecast called for a 50 percent chance of rain. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Time lapse video of fog covering the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is shrouded in fog Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Tony Spilotro's Las Vegas home for sale — VIDEO
The former Las Vegas home of Chicago mob enforcer, Tony Spilotro, is now for sale. Spilotro, who was portrayed by Joe Pesci in the film Casino, is the original owner of the home at 4675 Balfour Drive, built in 1974. (Samia DeCubas/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Buffalo Drive And Mountains Edge Parkway Fatal
Las Vegas police and the Nevada Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash in the southwest valley on Saturday afternoon. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV's Joel Ntambwe on his play
UNLV forward Joel Ntambwe talks about his play at this point in the season. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sam Schmidt chats about hectic off-season
IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt and lead driver James Hinchcliffe chat about the hectic off-season at the SpeedVegas high-performance driving facility outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
R-J's Mark Anderson on UNLV's victory
Review-Journal sports reporter Mark Anderson recaps UNLV's victory at New Mexico. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
UNLV's Noah Robotham on the win at New Mexico
UNLV guard Noah Robotham talks about winning at New Mexico on Jan. 8, 2019. (Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV's Kris Clyburn on big 3 vs. New Mexico
UNLV guard Kris Clyburn talks about his key 3-pointer against New Mexico. (Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Marvin Menzies on beating New Mexico
UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies talks about UNLV's win at New Mexico on January 8, 2019. (Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New HOV Ramp Scheduled to Open in March
New HOV ramp scheduled to open in March of 2019.
American Preparatory Academy part of charter school growth in Las Vegas
American Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas has a waiting list of students who want to attend. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Wheelchair tournament at UNLV
Cesar Robledo talks about wheelchair basketball and what it means for players to compete during the Wheelchair Basketball Division I-II Tournament at UNLV in Las Vegas, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.
Snow in Henderson on New Year's Eve morning
Light snow flurries in Anthem Highlands in Henderson on Monday morning, the last day of 2018.
Marvin Menzies on UNLV's trip to Hawaii
UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies talks about the upcoming trip to Hawaii. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Raiders Stadium Timelapse
Construction on the new Raiders stadium continues in Las Vegas.
Pinecrest Academy Horizon principal wins Milken Educator Award
Tony Sanchez on UNLV's recruiting class
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez talks about his early signing class. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village's Magical Forest added 1 million lights and a synchronized music show visible from all over the forest this year. The holiday attraction, which began in 1991, has a train, rides, food and entertainment along with the light displays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Siegel Cares delivers bagels to families in need
Since Thanksgiving, Mark Lenoir of Siegel Cares, has been delivering leftover Bagelmania bagels to families staying at the Siegel Suites.
Dan Barnson steps down
Arbor View football coach Dan Barnson stepped down Friday after 12 seasons at the helm. Under Barnson, the Aggies won 104 games and became one of the top programs in Las Vegas. The Aggies went 12-2 in 2018 and won a region championship for the first time in program history. Barnson loves Friday nights, but said the 12-month commitment was getting exhausting.
NFR 2018 Highlights
NFR 2018 highlights from every round of this years rodeo.
NFR 2018 Round 10 Highlights
NFR 2018 Round 10 Highlights of the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
NFR- Joe Frost
NFR Bull Rider Joe Frost talks about the difference in bulls and his family legacy with Cassie Soto before the last round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Herm Edwards on LV Bowl loss
Arizona State coach Herm Edwards talks about the loss in the Las Vegas Bowl. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Fresno State linebacker George Helmuth after LV Bowl
Linebacker George Helmuth talks about Fresno State's turnaround. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tony Sanchez wraps up the UNLV season
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez wraps up the season. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like