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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.

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Benjamin Franklin

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– William James

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Groucho Marx

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee