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Ragan’s and PR Daily Name Jen Bellmont to 2020 Top Women in Communications List

Any­one who’s met Bell­mont Part­ners COO Jen Bell­mont knows how com­mit­ted she is to her clients, col­leagues and com­mu­ni­ty – and now our indus­try has made it offi­cial. Ragan’s and PR Dai­ly have announced that Jen is one of this year’s Top Women in Communications.

Accord­ing to Ragan’s and PR Dai­ly, the awards hon­or “those mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant impact in their day-to-day jobs and careers, advanc­ing the pro­fes­sion while accel­er­at­ing growth for their orga­ni­za­tions. The women on this list inspire—they are fear­less and inde­fati­ga­ble play­ers in the game.”

Jen was rec­og­nized for her work as a “Com­mu­ni­ty Giv­er.” In ear­ly 2017, Jen spear­head­ed for­mal­iz­ing our com­pa­ny vol­un­teer ini­tia­tive – Bell­mont Gives Back – designed to pro­vide our employ­ees with the time and resources nec­es­sary to sup­port com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions and caus­es impor­tant to them, both indi­vid­u­al­ly and as part of the agency’s pro bono work. Employ­ees can ded­i­cate paid time to give back, from tak­ing time to donate blood, to vol­un­teer­ing at their kids’ schools, to serv­ing on non­prof­it boards – and every­thing in between. In 2019, team mem­bers con­tributed – through agency pro bono ini­tia­tives and paid vol­un­teer time – 828 hours, or an equiv­a­lent of $154,000.

One exam­ple of a Bell­mont Part­ners team mem­ber putting the Bell­mont Gives Back ini­tia­tive to work couldn’t be more recent: For the past sev­er­al weeks, Account Direc­tor Hye­di Nel­son had been plan­ning the first annu­al Con­cert for Char­lie, which unfold­ed in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion last night with per­for­mances by Adam Levy and Peter J Sands of the Hon­ey­dogs, Chris Koza, Bath­tub Cig and the Twins of Franklin. Inspired by the loss of Hye­di and her hus­band Jesse’s son Char­lie, Hye­di coor­di­nat­ed the evening of live music to raise funds and aware­ness for Faith’s Lodge, a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides a safe haven for those cop­ing with the death or med­ical­ly com­plex con­di­tion of a child. Hye­di also serves on the organization’s board.

Both Jen and Hye­di are mem­bers of Bell­mont Part­ners’ non­prof­it prac­tice group, which has worked with some of Minnesota’s most impact­ful and inno­v­a­tive non­prof­its, includ­ing Sec­ond Har­vest Heart­land, Peo­ple Incor­po­rat­ed, ServeMinneso­ta, Girls on the Run, Min­neso­ta Fire­fight­er Ini­tia­tive, Unit­ed Way Greater Twin Cities and many others.

In addi­tion, Jen serves on the board of Smile Net­work Inter­na­tion­al, and was named one of Min­neso­ta Busi­ness Magazine’s Women Who Lead. Her com­mu­ni­ty-focused lead­er­ship has led to Bell­mont Part­ners win­ning mul­ti­ple Best Places to Work awards from the Mpls. St. Paul Busi­ness Jour­nal and, for the first time in 2019, a Best Work­place nod from Inc. Mag­a­zine.

Jen and the oth­er hon­orees will be rec­og­nized at an awards cer­e­mo­ny in New York in March.


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