Meet Your Pierce Pros: Carson Grace Burchette, digital dynamo and budding culinarian
Carson Grace (CG) Burchette joined Pierce PR as an account coordinator in January 2023 and is known on our team for her kindness, positive attitude, incredible work ethic and Jonas Brothers fandom. She hails from Johnson City, Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University.
CG’s digital expertise has made her a go-to resource for our team and clients in the areas of analytics reporting, email design and graphic creation. Taking our core value of ‘committed to growth’ to heart, she has also started honing her media relations and writing abilities after identifying those as skills she wants to develop further as she grows. Outside of work, she’s known for her ability to cook, enjoying time with her family and friends and propensity for an early bedtime (amen).
Pierce PR is a better team because she’s part of it, and we’d be remiss not to give you a chance to learn more about her. Continue reading to learn what inspired CG to pursue a career in public relations, who in history she’d like to share a meal with, her favorite memory at Pierce PR and more.
What inspired you to pursue public relations as your career?
After a brief time studying interior architecture my freshman year of college, I switched my major to media and communications. My first class dove into PR basics, and I immediately fell in love with using both the creative and analytical parts of my brain. I was all in after that first class and my passion for this profession continues to grow. PR instantly struck a chord with me after feeling unmotivated in my original career path, and it gave me a drive that I had never seen in myself before. It is what I am meant to do!
What’s one thing people might not know about you?
Being someone who loves decorating, hence my start as an interior architecture major, I am all sorts of crafty. Growing up, I used to spend my free time taking sewing classes, making wreaths, learning calligraphy, refinishing furniture, painting, etc. I also had a brief stint selling handmade duct tape wallets on the playground in elementary school (2000s kids, you know what I’m talking about). I don’t get crafty as much as I used to, but I love having those skills in my back pocket to pull out whenever I need them.
What’s something on your bucket list?
Running a half marathon has always been on my bucket list, but as someone who used to loathe running, I never thought I’d actually do it. I still can’t believe it, but I will actually be crossing this item off my list for my birthday this year. In February, I’ll be running a painful 13.1 miles through Magic Kingdom in Disney World. It sounds scary, but I am so proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and doing something challenging!
What is your favorite memory from your time at Pierce?
Back in March, I had the opportunity to join our President, Julia Bonner, for an interview as she spoke about women-owned businesses with Today in Nashville. It was so cool to secure the opportunity for her and watch what goes on behind-the-scenes of a TV station. I also adored watching Julia kill it during her interview. I will never forget that experience!
We know how much you love to cook. If you could cook and eat a meal with anyone in history, who would it be, what would you cook and why?
I’d have Lucille Ball over for dinner, and I’d make butternut squash risotto (see recipe here and thank me later). I Love Lucy was one of my favorite shows growing up and is still a comfort show that makes me laugh to this day. I’ve also always been fascinated with old Hollywood, so I’d love to pick her brain over a cozy meal and share some laughs.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the industry?
I would tell them to never stop being eager to learn. There is SO much that a textbook won’t teach you in college. When you are starting your PR career, be eager to try as much as you can to absorb those skills. Take the internship, offer to help on that extra project, ask to try tasks that you don’t usually tackle and always be willing to try something new. Having that eagerness to learn will take you far and help you grow!