We’re excited to introduce the newest member of the Bellmont Partners team—Angela Seutter! Angela is an extremely talented and experienced communications professional who, like several others on our team, started her career in journalism, working at NBC and MSNBC in New York and London before making the switch to PR. For the past several years, Angela has spent her time consulting, primarily in the areas of crisis communications and training for large agricultural clients. Recently, she decided to make the switch back to agency life—and we couldn’t be more pleased she chose to work with us!
Joining our Technology, Manufacturing and Food & Agriculture practice groups, we sat down with Angela to learn more about her career, what type of communications work she enjoys, and of course, what she likes to do for fun!
You’ve had an impressive career, working as a journalist, TV producer, communications consultant, and have also worked at agencies. What drew you to the communications field?
That is very kind. Thank you! Growing up, our family had a tradition of reading the local papers and discussing current events. This propelled me to study and work in journalism. And while I started out on the more traditional broadcast journalism side, once I made the move from cable news to corporate communications, I quickly realized that I was drawn to the B2B segment and have spent most of my career in the technology, manufacturing and agricultural industries, which I’ve really enjoyed.
In making that switch, what aspects of communications do you enjoy doing the most?
I still consume a lot of news daily, so any research and analytics around current events is always enjoyable. And I do like planning and executing a fine-tuned event!
During your time at NBC News/MSNBC in New York and London, you’ve covered some interesting stories. What is one of the most memorable stories you worked with them?
Across all my time at NBC, from intern to producer, an experience in the London bureau stands out the most. I had the privilege of getting to know a young man who had recently escaped the genocide in Rwanda. His journey to the U.K. was facilitated, in part, by two journalists he met while at a refugee camp. Learning his story, and how the kindness of two strangers changed the trajectory of his life left a lasting impression on me.
Working the past 17 years as a freelancer and consultant, what made you want to take the leap back to agency life?
I always missed the collaboration, connection and energy of agency life, but the obligations of caregiving for kids, a parent and grandparents made it difficult to find the right entry point back into an agency. As my caregiving role has changed over the past year, I started thinking about moving back into agency work and was looking for a company with strong systems in place to support staff juggling caregiving outside of work. Bellmont’s reputation for its supportive work-life culture made it stand out, and after meeting with folks here it checked all the boxes on my agency wish list.
At Bellmont Partners, you’ll be joining the technology and manufacturing, as well as the agricultural practice groups. What excites you the most about joining these teams?
After so many years of supporting clients in those industries, it has been great to combine my institutional knowledge with the deep bench of talent and social media expertise we have here at Bellmont Partners. It feels like I’m part of a well-balanced mix of sharing and learning.
How about outside of work—how do you like to spend your free time?
With family, friends, and volunteering at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where I’ve been a guide since 2015. I found a love for art after taking an art history class in college, so volunteering as a guide allows me to fulfill that passion as well!