Jamie O’Donnell is an experienced marketing, public relations and event expert with a personal and professional background in international relations. Based in Orlando, Florida, she has been involved in the public relations and event planning industry for nearly twenty years and serves corporate, high-end and celebrity clients nationwide. Hired by some of the top-rated domestic and international companies such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Orlando Ballet, Universal Republic Records, Florida Film Festival, Stars North Films, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, GolinHarris Global PR Firm and the Orlando Magic, Jamie is consistently tasked to create customized programs, produce large-scale events, design effective marketing programs, develop promotional partnerships and implement branding and media relations strategies to meet the individual project goals and consistently deliver increased affinity, awareness and revenue for those companies. Following a successful ten-year corporate career managing domestic and international events and public relations programs for the tourism and hospitality industry at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, Jamie branched out in January 2004 launching her own event planning and public relations firm. Her firm, Jamie O’Donnell Public Relations and Events, has planned and executed high-profile events for the Fashion, Music, Publishing, Real Estate, Pharma, Professional Sports and Hospitality Industries as well as events involving Florida Governor Crist, Florida Governor Scott, the Orlando Consular Corps, the Austrian Consulate in Orlando and the Philanthropic community statewide. Jamie is also a certified wedding planner and professional bridal consultant accredited by the industry’s leading association - ABC, the Association of Bridal Consultants. She previously held the prestigious position as Brand Marketing Manager for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons for The Walt Disney Company where she was tasked with developing a re-branding initiative to grow the ten-year old, $100 million per year business for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the Disney Cruise Line to an increased level of profitability. Her efforts helped re-energize the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons product, increase the number of weddings booked and continue to solidify Disney as the #1 Domestic Honeymoon Destination. Her strong personal and professional passion for international relations led Jamie to not only study abroad in France and England while obtaining her B.S. and M.B.A degrees, but additionally serve as an International Rotary Goodwill Ambassador to England. Chosen as one of only 1100 Ambassadors worldwide in 2002, her Goodwill Ambassadorship moved her overseas where she interacted with international delegates and community leaders while serving as a keynote speaker on international awareness and cultural understanding. Her one-year term as Goodwill Ambassador allowed her to gain a tremendous amount of international insight from colleagues throughout the world along with an increased understanding of different cultures and how they interconnect globally as well as relate one-on-one. Her extensive international travel background coupled with her network of global contacts continue to afford her the opportunity to obtain current international information directly from the country of need and provide her clients with invaluable insight to not only further their business goals, profitability and reach but expand their cultural understanding and ability to appeal globally. Jamie’s travels have taken her through over twenty countries in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. Jamie is currently the Owner and CEO of the public relations and event planning firm Jamie O’Donnell Public Relations and Events as well as contributing writer, wedding and event expert as needed to Orlando Magazine, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, Orlando Weddings Magazine, Lifestyles Magazine, TravelHost Magazine and Smart Money Magazine. Her events have been featured in Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, Florida International Magazine, Lifestyles Magazine, Winter Park Magazine, BizBash Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Business Journal and on WESH, WFTV, WKMG Channel 13 and FOX networks. Jamie was also named “Best Wedding Planner” of Central Florida by the WESH A-List.
Stories by Jamie O'Donnell
After fifteen years of planning weddings, I have grown familiar with the glazed look on the faces of the bride, groom and parents when I first ask...