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A N A MERIC A N IN PA RIS
G A BR IE L L E HUI - HU T T E R ( 08) MODE L S P E R S I S T E NC E A ND IN T E GR I T Y IN T HE HIGH - PA C E D P UBL IC R E L AT ION S INDU S T R Y
Gabrielle Hui-Hutter (08) hasnt quite mastered the French language. But a fter five years of living and working in Paris, shes discovered the secret to communicating within the French culture  being persistent. Building up immunity to hearing no is a must. And being patient and adaptable are necessities. Most of the time, across the board, my experience has been that people say no three times and then give the answer of, Well, this is a huge exception, Hui-Hutter said. Now, I ask three times, in different ways, and then after the third no is when I start to worry. Hui-Hutters perseverance and skills as a communicator are highlighted in her work for LEWIS, an international public relations firm with offices in over 26 countries. As an international account manager, she works daily with senior-level executives from some of the worlds most influential technology companies. Along with a team of international campaign managers, Hui-Hutter creates and coordinates public relations campaigns for business-tobusiness clients such as Lexmark. My team works directly with the client on the strategy and planning for the PR program for the entire EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa), she said. Once weve developed the plan and strategy for that region, my role is to communicate that to the 15 countries [that have] LEWIS agency offices on the ground and they carry out the strategy and plan on a local level. On a recent product launch campaign for one of Lexmarks home-office printers, Hui-Hutter coordinated press events for American spokespeople who were promoting the new product. As a skilled cross-cultural communicator, she crafted each press event to have the local flavor of the host country. Her invaluable ability to thrive in intercultural settings stems from her childhood spent in a dual-cultural home. Born to a Swiss Father and American mother, Hui-Hutter was raised with an appreciation for diverse cultures and traditions. And her frequent childhood trips to Europe left her with a desire to eventually live and work in an international setting. In 2007, while earning an interdisciplinary degree from Biola in business and communications, Hui-Hutter took the opportunity to study abroad through the American Business School in Paris. There, she quickly decided to return to Europe after college. A fter I graduated in 2008, I moved to Paris, not speaking any French or having a job, she said. But I knew I wanted to work in an environment, or in a job, where I was able to work with many different countries on a day-today basis in a business setting. Now, Hui-Hutter and her Romanian husband, Gabriel, reside in Paris. Despite being the only foreigner in LEWIS Paris office, she said she feels at home in the multicultural, English-speaking environment. But its not just her citizenship that sets Hui-Hutter apart from the rest of her office colleagues. She is consistently met with surprised looks when she discusses her involvement in La Cit, her local church. In France, if you say that you went to church on Sunday, you get a blank stare, she said. When I speak with my work colleagues and with people I meet, they often dont know anyone in their whole life who goes to church. But Hui-Hutter embraces the opportunity to integrate her faith and career. She values her team members and believes in investing in people. She is committed to being Christ-like by maintaining a reputation of honesty and loyalty in an industry where loyalty is scarce. With her commitment to Christ-likeness, patience and, yes, perseverance, she hopes to lead her French colleagues to see Christianity in a different and positive light as she continues to serve in the City of Light. Amber Amaya

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