With more than 3 decades of public relations experience – both in-house (Oracle Corporation) and agency-side, Leigh Anne Varney is a skilled communicator, able to converse and build powerful media relationships for clients. Leigh Anne has been a part of communications teams which have won the PRSA Silver Anvil Award, plus product and industry awards from Business Marketing, PC Magazine, Infoworld, and other industry publications. Her clients have won DEMO God awards, landed on the Fortune’s Cool Companies list, and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, CNET, CBS Radio, ABC/NBC/CBS News, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Silicon Angle, Reuters, Associated Press and Wired.
She brings solid technical as well as business, finance, and consumer PR expertise spanning a range of market trends. A writer at heart, Leigh Anne’s storytelling acumen successfully leverages the myriad nature of today’s media landscape to deliver superior results that marry a company’s strategic goals with solid press coverage. Most recently, Leigh Anne ran her own public relations consultancy, Varney Business Communication, specializing in launching startups. Domain expertise spans consumer and B2B technology, venture capital, finance, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, mobile, IoT, 5G, as well as non-profits.
She also has worked as a journalist for more than eight years, pens a food column for Beyondish and is a member of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Leigh Anne holds a B.A. in Journalism and History, magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Leigh Anne hangs her hat in San Francisco and in her spare time enjoys hiking, piano, cooking, traveling all over the City providing comfort to those in need with Callie, her Golden Retriever, an SFSPCA certified therapy dog.