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Hope Katz Gibbs, Founder, The Inkandescent Group

PUBLISHER, BE INKANDESCENT MAGAZINE
PRESIDENT, THE INKANDESCENT GROUP, LLC

Prior to founding Inkandescent Public Relations in 2008, Northern Virginia freelance writer Hope Katz Gibbs worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. After studying for her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at The George Washington University, she launched her freelance writing business in 1993.

25 years experience as a journalist —,Hope’s articles have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, The Costco Connection, The National Press Club’s Wire, and dozens of association, business, education, and general interest magazines, and many alumni publications including her own alma maters, the University of Pennsylvania and The George Washington University. See more on her freelance writing website, www.hopegibbs.com.

Awards — To date, Hope has won two awards for feature writing from the Florida Magazine Association, and six other honors for newsletter writing and design from the National School Public Relations Association. She has been listed in Who’s Who in Media & Communications since 1989, and Who’s Who of American Women since 1993.

Foray into PR — In 2002, she landed a job as the director of communications with the City of Fairfax Schools to help Superintendent George Stepp and the City School Board pass an $86 million bond to rebuild Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School. She launched City Schools Close-Up, an eight-page newsletter filled with articles and photos that helped the community learn more about the good work going on in the schools. The bond passed by 81 percent and Hope began working full-time with the superintendent and architects to coordinate the construction project.

She continues to work with the City Schools today, and in November 2009 her company launched a new website for the School Board: www.cityoffairfaxschools.org.

When the schools construction project was completed in 2006, she began doing PR for the futurist research and consulting firm Social Technologies. Her media outreach efforts helped get the staff onto CBS’ “The Early Show” three times (for reports on the Future of Men, the Future of Youth Happiness, and Helicopter Parents), MSNBC, Fox News, and ABC. The futurists were also quoted regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Business Week, TV Week, and others.

The Inkandescent Group, LLC

InkandescentPR — In 2008, Hope founded Inkandescent Public Relations, a PR, publications, media relations, marketing firm that helps small businesses get the visibility they need. Along with her award-winning team, she creates high-end marketing materials, writes and edits press releases, newsletters, and white papers, and works closely with reporters to help get the word out about her clients.

Hope also plans and organizes events, co-writes and ghostwrites books, and maintains her clients’ websites so they are up-to-date and provide an accurate, impressive image. Learn more about Inkandescent Public Relations: www.inkandescentpr.com.

Be Inkandescent Magazine — In January 2010 she launched Be Inkandescent Magazine: The ezine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. It features columns by her clients and other entrepreneurs, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Month.

Inkandescent Books — Hope is working on developing a book publishing entity for The Inkandescent Group, LLC, which she incorporated in January 2010. The first title, “100 Truly Amazing Women Who Are Changing the World,” will be written by Hope, designed by Michael Gibbs, and photographed by Steve Barrett. Be on the lookout for more information on that title.

View Hope’s published journalism clips www.hopegibbs.com.

Send Hope an email: hope@inkandescentpr.com.

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones