Trendsetter to Know: Barb Harris of Teamworks Communications

Name: Barb Harris

Twitter: @barbharrisaz

Facebook: @barbwaltersharris @teamworkspr

Instagram: @seconhalfescapades


City you live in: Tempe

Current job/Employer: partner, teamworks communication, a PR firm that’s been around since 1997. We specialize in consumer retail and nonprofits. 

A typical day in my life includes… taking a morning walk by Tempe Town Lake, being on the phone and Zoom a lot for client meetings, posting to my travel/food Instagram, doing my daily Spanish lesson, cooking, and sneaking in some reading.

I was born… in Valparaiso, Indiana….considered part of Chicagoland.

My favorite thing about my city… how progressive and inclusive it is!

I’m currently listening to… Mama Haze, Kealii Reichel, some amazing playlists made by my friend Jim, and several podcasts including Best to the Nest, Clear and Vivid, and The Splendid Table. 

My family… is everything to me. My husband and daughter are the loves of my life. My extended family and “bonus” chosen family are the most important aspect of my life. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…(living) – all the people that host the podcasts I listen to. (not living) – all my closest family members I’ve lost over the years. 

One thing I cannot live without is… books (and chocolate). 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a journalist (or Harriet the Spy). 

I’m inspired by… anyone who can get up day in and day out and hit it hard. I need some down days!

The one person who motivates me is… my husband. He is driven, yet balanced, and loves what he does. He is well respected by everyone with whom he works. 

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… hate and bigotry.

The perfect day would be… sleeping in, going for a walk in 65 degree weather, having an amazing sweet and savory breakfast, going for a drive in the mountains, taking a nap, drinking a perfect cocktail and having an amazing dinner. 

My first job was… being a bookkeeping assistant at a department store

My favorite escape… going to Puerto Penasco and reading on the beach with a beer in my hand.

My life… is typically quiet and calm. 

I’m currently working on… the East Valley Veterans Parade. We are doing it “in reverse” this year to keep everyone safe and still honor our Veterans. 

Always… be kind. You don’t know other people’s stories.

Never… do anything your gut tells you not to do. 

Favorite quote: 

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Tony Bourdain

My biggest dream is… to retire to a house on the beach.

My pet peeve(s)… misplaced apostrophes.

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