About

Ximena N. Larkin

Hi all, Ximena N. Beltran Quan Kiu here, now going by Larkin (or X for short).

I’m a communication specialist based in Chicago who loves the changes happening in media/pr/marketing/social media. As a result, I founded C1 Revolution. My company’s purpose is to help small and big businesses alike, navigate the rapidly evolving communication landscape. 

Areas of expertise: People hire me for one specific reason: reputation management. I have a skill for establishing my clients as experts in their field. My purpose is to garner them press and partnerships to help elevate their brand.

C1 Revolution (past & present) clients: Portillo’s, Sarah Seven, Flowers for Dreams, Foodseum, Chefmade, Angie Banicki, Four Seasons Mexico City, Ruxbin, Future Founders Foundation, Chatty Guest, Sprig, Nina Chantele, Foodseum, One Hope United,  Nicole Suarez, Ozzie Guillen Foundation, Nathan Michael and the National Museum of Mexican Art’s 2016 Gala de Arte. 

Where have I secured placements for my clients in the last year (full features not just brand mentions)?: The New York Times, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Latina, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Refinery29, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Eater and Women’s Wear Daily.

My free time is spent: Writing, conducting workshops, speaking (on entrepreneurship, communication and immigration) and producing #TheRevolutionaries.

Distributed by Entrepreneur, #TheRevolutionaries is a web series focused on dissecting how experts are navigating the digital revolution.

My writing has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Chicago Sun-Times, PR News, the Huffington Post, Refinery29 and PR Couture.

Prior to starting my company, I worked for: Walgreens, DePaul University, Chicago White Sox, Clear Channel (now iHeart Media), and the Shedd Aquarium

Education: BA in Communication – DePaul University
MA in Journalism – DePaul University
I started my MA in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University but haven’t finished

Who’s currently inspiring me: The Rock

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