Before assuming her role at Georgetown SCS, Professor O'Grady ("Prof. O.") was the faculty lead and clinical assistant professor of NYU's M.S. in public relations and corporate communication program at The School of Professional Studies - Division of Programs in Business. Teaching at NYU since 2011, she previously taught in the M.S. in integrated marketing program, continuing education, and the high school academy. She's also held teaching appointments at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a guest lecturer role at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
An award-winning communications professional, past professional positions include Associate Director, Integrated Marketing for Women's Health magazine, Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing at Parents, FamilyFun, and American Baby magazines (Meredith Corp.), Business Development Manager, La Voz and TV y Mas, and Advertising Executive, The Arizona Republic (Gannett, Inc.). She is a regularly sought-after media expert, as seen in The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Telegraph, and on ABC News’ digital podcast “Uncomfortable,” to name a few. Additionally, she is consultant and freelance media and writing trainer, working for major agencies and organizations in and around NYC. A passionate fitness enthusiast, she is also the creator and writer for the fitness blog KerryLeeintheCity (Instagram @kerryleeinthecity).
Professor O'Grady holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a M.S. Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University's School of Professional Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University, studying Leadership and Learning in Organizations.