Abby Baric

Senior Communications Manager
IES Abroad

Abby Baric has been a PR professional for more than nine years developing and executing PR campaigns for international organizations. Abby began her career in London, England, after she received her B.Sc in journalism from UIUC, and her M.A. in Public Relations from the University of the Arts London. Abby is now applying her international communications experience to her current role as Senior Communications Manager for IES Abroad. Abby is also an alumna of the IES Abroad London program and a co-chair for the NAFSA Marketing & Communications MIG.

Read below to find out a bit more about Abby:

Where have you studied or lived abroad?

Yes, and it's the best thing I ever did! I am an IES Abroad London alumna. I participated in the Study London program and had a part-time internship at the Royal Academy of Arts. This experience completely changed my life and my career trajectory. After graduating with my bachelor's from the University of Illinois I moved to London to complete my MA at the University of Arts London. I stayed in London for four more years pursuing my career in international public relations.

What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?

This is such a difficult (but wonderful!) question. I've had the privilege of doing quite a bit of travelling, and every place I visit is unique and has a little piece of my heart. However, if I had to choose, I would choose former Yugoslavia. My husband is originally from Mostar, so we have visited family in Bosnia & Herzegoivna and Croatia quite a bit. I've had a lot of time to better understand the culture, and have an appreciation of the scenery and the history. The landscapes are breathtaking and its people are gentle and kind.

What is the one item you can't travel without?

Noise cancelling headphones! But, now I have a baby, so, travelling now means I can't leave home without his baby blanket!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Explore! We recently moved to Oak Park and it's a wonderful community to walk around and meet new people. Food is another big hobby - cooking & eating as much as we can!

Best piece of advice you've ever received?

"The worst thing that can happen is they say 'no' to you." I live by this in both my personal and professional life. If you don't try, you will never know. If 'no' is the worst thing that can happen, then you've got to go for it!

This was our first trip back to London with our son who was four months old at the time. We wanted to show him all the places mom and dad frequented when we lived there.