Janet Isabelli has consulted the nation’s premier travel and culinary destinations for the past 20 years. Prior to founding her first company, Isabelli Media Relations (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, she served as the Assistant Director of College Programming at the University Chicago, where she oversaw large-scale events and conferences for students, faculty and alumni of The College.
In her tenure, Janet has led campaigns for internationally recognized entities such as Soho House & Co., InterContinental Hotel Group, Trump Hotels, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, branding expert Adrienne Weiss and the James Beard Foundation. The media relations campaign for one of the nation’s premier epicurean events – Chicago Gourmet – falls under IMR’s care, as well as those for countless award-winning hotels, restaurants and culinary brands throughout the U.S.
As CEO, Janet provides strategic counsel while empowering the agency’s partners and executive team as they lead smart, results-driven client campaigns. In addition, she guides nationwide business development for the firm, including that for IMR’s video production arm, Belli Films. A skilled practitioner in crisis communications, Janet also plays a critical role in devising successful outcomes for both individuals and businesses in need of this specialized expertise.
Janet 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, 2017 and 2019. She holds undergraduate degrees in Law, Letters & Society and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, where she is active in the alumni community.
In addition to fitness and cooking, the Chicago native enjoys exploring islands all over the world – and Instagramming each and every journey.
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