Emily Hargrove, a consultant for Tacky Box, began her career in public relations in London in 1998 and worked for four years for international companies GCI Group and Fleishman Hillard and for RJH Public Relations – the PR firm jointly owned and managed by the wife of HRH Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex. Her focus was managing the communication strategies for well-known consumer brands and attaining press coverage for all clients, from FMCG to luxury, beauty and travel.
Emily then joined Warner Bros to be the key contact for Emma Watson, the actress known for her role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. For five years, she was involved in all aspects of Miss. Watson’s film production and publicity. It was on the set of Harry Potter that Emily met her husband Miles, a filmmaker from Texas, and the path to Dallas was set.
When Emily moved to Dallas in 2007, she joined the Dallas International Film Festival working in various roles before becoming Vice President of Client Services at Forté Public Relations, specializing in Non-Profit and Entertainment PR with a strong focus on cause marketing. Under the Forté umbrella, Emily was Director of Press and Publicity for the 2011 and 2012 Dallas International Film Festivals. She was also the host of the weekly community television show “Prime”.
Prior to joining Tacky Box, LLC, as President, Emily was the Director of Communications and Development for the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Director of the Dallas Festival of Ideas, a joint collaboration between the Dallas Institute and The Dallas Morning News. Additionally, she set up her own public relations, brand and cause marketing agency – the Hargrove Partnership – working with non-profits and for-purpose organizations in order to “tell stories that matter.”
Emily is chair of the Steering Committee for the Dallas Festival of Ideas and sits on the Organizing Committee for the Festival’s year long action phase. She chaired the Board of Directors for Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship in 2014, and served on its Board for 5 years. In 2016, Emily launched the “Lift Up Lunch” – a lunch series that provides a community of love, humor, and support for those who juggle way too much in life.