Meet Megan Fazio
Megan Fazio is the CEO & Founder of Neon Public Relations, LLC, a full-service PR and marketing firm based in Las Vegas representing B2C, hospitality, entertainment, adventure and non-profit clients. As an entrepreneur and public relations business professional with several years of experience leading the charge of a diverse portfolio of travel & tourism-related, multi-agency, high risk, and non-profit accounts, Megan focuses on helping businesses penetrate targeted markets and attain high visibility in these markets by garnering positive buzz and media attention, but more importantly, she measures her success according to the impact she has on driving her clients’ businesses forward. Megan continues to lead and manage innovative communications strategies for hospitality, business, tech, events and incident crisis management. A trusted PR advisor at the highest levels, she’s led hundreds of successful media campaigns, develops strategic messaging, builds relationships, and protects brands and reputations.
What motto(s) do you live by?:
100% The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated.
Describe yourself in three words:
Audacious, Charismatic and Passionate
How have you used your exposure with your blog and business to influence the lives of others?
Absolutely, and by accident. I don’t think anyone expects to get to a place with their accomplishments where people look up to them, but when I started seeing interest in others wanting to be motivated to do the same I started sharing more from my personal life. It can be something as simple as how to look put together to feel your best to take on the world for a day, or even ways I’ve overcome adversity in starting my career and running a company day to day. Everyone puts their pants on the same way every morning – so to say that there is no super power involved, but there are certainly a few hacks I’ve figured out that anyone can emulate.
5 Tips for being a bad ass entrepreneur woman:
- Find your path and fearlessly stick to it.
- Don’t focus on being a woman. That’s already our superpower. Focus on being a person that leads, regardless of gender.
- Let your success do the talking. It’s not always necessary to share accomplishments that haven’t come to fruition yet.
- Don’t let a cookie cutter 9 am – 5 pm schedule someone else made up for a ‘work day’ stop you from working when you’re inspired, and stopping work when you need a break. I find I’m most creative right before bed, and I burn that midnight oil and pick up where I left off when I’m back in the office.
- Be elegant, but steadfast; and be concerned for the greater good always.
What’s the smartest networking/business decision you’ve ever made?
Starting my own company (at the age of 24) was the best decision I ever made.
Advice you would give to your younger self?
Outperform. If I could offer 1 piece of advice to my younger self, I’d tell myself to outperform. To outperform myself the day before; to outperform my superiors, peers and my parents. Not by way of evoking a cut-throat competition, but to use the examples of hard workers around me and not only match their leadership and initiative, but outperform it. By the age of 20, I was a Junior in college with 3 PR internships under my belt, and looking back now that I have had my own firm for 6 years, I wish I saw more 20-year old interns trying to show me up, and keep me on my toes, and wish that I had gone further above and beyond what was asked of me at that age. I often stopped myself when all the boxes were checked off my task list (especially if there was no money involved—we all have had to pay our dues with those unpaid internships) but it’s important to be hungriest at a young age, to set the bar high for the increased responsibilities that come with adulthood.
Who is your role model?
My future self.
What’s next for you?
A brand new, shiny office build out as a congratulations to my team for sticking through days when we were working out of a 300 sq ft mouse hole.
Advice you would give to other young entrepreneur women that want to pursue their dreams?
Don’t let anybody tell you that you ‘can’t’. And if they do, use that as a driving force to prove them wrong – but hustle in silence and let your success speak for you. Being young and having better ideas or knowing what works better than people older than you is intimidating. But don’t let the grind shine, let your results shine. It’s the age old ‘Don’t talk the talk – walk the walk’. You’ll earn respect instead of shouting about how much you deserve it on the path to it.
What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to and why?
Guatemala. Great company, road trips, and La Fortuna at Lake Atitlan – everyone should go there at least once in their lives.
Check out Megan online at www.neonpublicrelations.com
Read her blog www.meganfazio.com
Interview by: Elyse Ares
Photographs by: Erica Ita and Julian Murray