Mimi Bliss prepares leaders to speak with confidence when the stakes are high: a media interview, speech or business presentation.
Since founding Bliss Communications in 1997, Mimi has focused on the core leadership skill of public speaking. She works in a range of industries, including healthcare, automotive, government, economic development, utilities, retail, financial services, and nonprofit. Mimi speaks frequently at industry conferences on the topics of presentation skills and working with the news media.
Mimi has more than twenty years of communications experience in the fields of journalism and public relations. She was an on-camera reporter for ABC and NBC television affiliates and a freelance producer for the Today Show and NBC Nightly News. She also served as a corporate spokesperson for a major restaurant company and managed media relations for a hospital system.
Mimi earned a degree in public policy from Duke University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has served in leadership roles for numerous nonprofit boards of directors, is active in the Leadership Nashville alumni organization, and co-chair of the Duke Nashville Women’s Forum.
Holly Conner has extensive experience in both media relations and communications. As a consultant for Bliss Communications, Holly provides media training and presentation skills coaching for companies, government and nonprofit organizations.
Holly has worked as both a news reporter/producer as well as a spokesperson for state government. Holly began her media career as a reporter and producer in television news.
She served as news director for the WWTN radio station and hosted a current events talk show for seven years. Holly served as spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Labor and press secretary for a congressional candidate. She worked in community relations and marketing for the Nashville Predators for the hockey team's first three years in Nashville.
As a principal of The Ingram Group, a public affairs firm, Holly conducted media training and developed communications plans for clients in government, technology, and healthcare.
A native Nashvillian and graduate of Duke University, Holly has served on the boards of directors of several metropolitan commissions and nonprofit organizations. She is currently board chair of Humanities Tennessee.