School of Communications Alumna Makes 30 Under 30 List

Annie Haarmann can cross off being named to the St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30 list from her bucket list. When the 2013 class of honorees was announced, her name was among them.

Annie Haarmann

Annie Haarmann is a 2006 alumna of Webster University's School of Communications. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Public Relations. She works as the Web and Digital Media Manager at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

When discussing successes other than being named to the 30 Under 30 list, Haarmann refers to her Webster education. She attributes her success to challenges she faced while she was a student in the School of Communications.

“If I hadn't been required to do an internship, if I hadn't been required to take a professional development class, I wouldn't have ever met or made the contacts I did. I wouldn't have ever gotten involved in IABC. I would have never taken that step. Because Webster made it a requirement, I was forced to do those things, and I really benefited from them. Just being where I am in my career is an accomplishment.”

Her success is not limited to her career. Haarmann is the president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) St. Louis. She is a Coro™ Women in Leadership alumna. She volunteers on several boards is an award-winning communicator.

How does she do it?

“In general, I never say no to anything. I commit to everything,” says Haarmann.

She uses the example of the CORO leadership program to further explain.

“It was painful to go through all that work and commit all that time, but if there's ever a time to do everything, it's while you're young and have the time to do it.”

Associate professor Gary Ford describes Haarmann as a very good student who always had questions and challenged explanations. “She's the type of person who would continue to push for excellence.”

Annie Haarmann finds her passion working in social media and excels at it. She stresses the importance of staying on top of trends, adapting to change, and improving processes as keys to excelling in communications-related jobs.

Is this the type of work she pictured herself doing when she graduated from Webster? Haarmann is quick to reply, “Not in a million years.”

A story about Annie Haarmann will appear in the July 12 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal and the 30 Under 30 Awards will be held at the Coronado Ballroom on July 16, 2013.

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students in three academic departments to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundation and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate programs, five graduate degree programs and 12 minors cover the wide array of communications specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and, along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their professional accomplishments.


With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military, online and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.