JTHS Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Hewlett, Joliet West Class of 2007
Career & Education At-a-Glance
- University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications
- Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA Candidate, estimated graduation 2018
After studying in the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, Mallory Hewlett, Joliet West Class of 2007, has returned to the Joliet community and shares her time and talents with the community that raised her by working as the Marketing and Publicity Specialist for the Joliet Public Library.
She began her journey at Troy Elementary School and continued on to Troy Middle School. While at Joliet West High School, Hewlett recalled her busy schedule and said, “I was in National Honor Society and Student Council. I played basketball my freshman year and volleyball all four years. I also wrote for the school newspaper, Tiger Tales.”
Reflecting on the high school teacher that inspired her, she said, “Mrs. Berganski was my English teacher sophomore year. She was one of the first strong, positive, female influences in my life other than the women in my family. She challenged me in ways others didn't and forced me to become a better writer.”
Hewlett went on to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication in May of 2011. She is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the Keller Graduate School of Management, estimated to graduate in 2018.
Describing her current job responsibilities as a Marketing and Publicity Specialist at the Joliet Public Library, Hewlett said, “I am responsible for the design, creation and implementation of all of the marketing and branding materials for the Joliet Public Library. I work to expand our community engagement on social media and during festivals, events and programming. It is the perfect job for me because not only did I grow up visiting the Ottawa Street Branch of the library in downtown Joliet, but I feel like a part of my community and I strive to better it every day. Plus, working at a library is really fun, and I get to go to special events such as C2E2 in Chicago.”
She is a valued member of the Joliet Public Library, having been named a Joliet Public Library "Rock Star" twice, which is similar to the concept of an employee of the month. Not only is Hewlett a valued member of the library, but she is also a valued member in the Joliet community for dedicating her efforts towards advancing literacy and education through her work.
When asked what advice she would give to students today, she said, “Always look for ways to better yourself and grow. If you don't like something about your life, you are responsible for changing it. Ask questions and be curious.”