SimplyBe. Agency is a full-service personal branding company based in Chicago serving clients around the world.
Founded in 2014 by award-winning entrepreneur and personal branding expert, Jessica Zweig, SimplyBe. Agency provides customized branding, marketing and creative services to CEOs, entrepreneurs, executives, and corporations in Technology, Finance, Real Estate, Health and Wellness, Interior Design, Media, and beyond. Simply put, we work with leaders. Through our high-touch agency and immersive live trainings, our team of experts caters to our clients’ exact personal branding needs. From content creation, website development, and visual branding, to social media optimization, thought leadership PR strategies and book proposals, each team member plays an integral role in bringing your brand to life.
We know our sh*t.
We’re good people.
Expertise: Personal Brand Identity and Strategy, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Consulting, Workshop Facilitation, Keynote Speaking
Jessica Zweig is an international award-winning entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of SimplyBe. In 2018, she won the Gold Stevie® Award for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year,” was previously named a Top Digital Marketer To Watch by INC. and a “Personal Branding Expert” by Forbes. As a thought leader with over ten years of experience in digital marketing and social media, Jessica frequently speaks and facilitates workshops and masterminds, teaching the power of personal branding to corporations including Blackstone, Heineken USA, Nike, Red Bull, Chicago Tribune, Willis Tower, Dornbracht, Virgin Brands, and BBMC Mortgage Bank, and speaking on the international stages of MindValley University, Techweek, NEOCON, LinkedIn, The United Women in Business Foundation, 1871, and Microsoft. Jessica has been featured as a leading entrepreneur and personal branding expert in Forbes, Crain’s, MarketWatch, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Refinery 29, Tasty Trade, BizTech Magazine, Today’s Chicago Woman, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX News 32, and more.
She is currently writing her first book, Be. A No-Bullshit Guide to Creating Self-Worth and Net Worth Just by Being Yourself.
Expertise: Visual Branding, Art Direction, Logo Design, Instagram Optimization
Creative Direction is where Aleksa thrives—right at the intersection of art and action. With a Master’s in Leadership for Creative Enterprises from Northwestern, and years of small business management and marketing experience in startups and luxury brands, Aleksa knows how to make a brand pop. From mapping out your visual brand aesthetic to teaching the best tips and tricks on Instagram and handling all things visual, Aleksa’s eye for design and passion for personal brands are what make her SimplyBe.’s incomparable Creative Director.
Expertise: Client Services, LinkedIn Optimization, Growth Hacking
Nora’s analytical, always-on curiosity brings unique value to SimplyBe. Her deep understanding of growth metrics coupled with a gift for rapidly mastering new skills have helped her rise through the ranks, from freelance writer to Growth Manager to Director of Client Relations, where she is currently responsible for overseeing all incoming and existing relationships to ensure the SimplyBe. experience is seamless and effective, ultimately setting our clients up for long-term success. She thrives in the fast-paced startup world, and has worn many hats throughout her career—from video production to account management to data analysis to copywriting—you name it, she’s done it, AND rocked it.
Expertise: Writing, Editing, Content Strategy, Brand Identity
Grace brings over five years of global digital marketing experience to SimplyBe. She is an experienced ghostwriter with original articles published in CMS Wire, Tech.co, and MediaPost, and has edited pieces for Forbes, Chicago Tribune, and Business.com. As Content Manager, Grace is responsible for refining and strengthening every internal and client-facing piece of content, from brand identities and content strategies to blogs and videos. Her laser-focus and aptitude for excellence enable the SimplyBe. Team to consistently deliver extraordinary work.
Expertise: Book Proposal Creation, Writing, Editing, Pitching
Great ideas often lead to great books—which is where Rea comes into play. With a degree in creative writing from Columbia and six traditionally published books under her belt, Rea has helped hundreds of clients refine, hone, and craft their own ideas into full-fledged books. Whether it’s working on a book proposal to sell to a publisher, ghostwriting a memoir, or consulting on a great idea, Rea’s fifteen years in the publishing industry will clarify the message, mission, audience, and ultimately help find a home for a client’s work.
EXPERTISE: PROJECT MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT, VIDEO PRODUCTION, PROCESS OPTIMIZATION
A former Leo Burnetter, Paige exemplifies what it means to be strong account manager, and has what it takes to get the job done, and done right. Thanks to her figure-it-out attitude and positive mindset, her track record is untouchable. Her execution, flawless. Paige is the ultimate point of contact --- the client quarterback, running the plays at SimplyBe., and staying ten steps ahead of every project. She is dedicated to creating a seamless experience, both for the clients and for her team, by helping them spend less time on logistics and more time in their genius zones. Paige makes an unparalleled impact on SimplyBe.’s growth by creating and implementing optimized processes company-wide.
EXPERTISE: SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, WRITING, MARKETING STRATEGY
Ingrid graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism, a focus in English Literature, and a remarkably high E.Q. As SimplyBe.’s Marketing Manager, Ingrid has her hand in every part of the business, including ghostwriting, internal and external communications, thought leadership, brand building, and social media management. A knack for interpersonal and strategic communication, coupled with a passion for servant leadership enable Ingrid to convey information, ideas and emotions to any audience. She has a unique ability to hear and mimic a range of voices, and has never been afraid to take on more responsibility, which has led her to single-handedly transform the SBA social channels and marketing strategy, as well as reimagine the ways in which we conceive and communicate client brands.
EXPERTISE: INFLUENCER RELATIONS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
Julia doesn’t miss a beat. With her keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills, she keeps SimplyBe. running like a well-oiled machine. Julia earned her degree in Advertising and Public Relations, and has since spent time learning the ins and outs of public relations and influencer marketing at the top public relations agencies in the world. At SimplyBe., she wears many hats, using her time management and organizational skills to support client work while also managing the entire team’s jam-packed schedules and growing client relationships.
EXPERTISE: PR, MEDIA RELATIONS, INFLUENCER RELATIONS
Shaun brings over 7 years of Public Relations experience to SimplyBe. After graduating from DePaul University with a B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising, Shaun moved to Los Angeles, where he represented an elite roster of clientele and celebrities in entertainment, lifestyle and hospitality. In his role as Public Relations Director for SimplyBe., Shaun designs and implements creative publicity strategies that cut through the industry noise, affect our clients’ public perception, maintain top of mind awareness and further position them as thought leaders in their respective fields.