Angela Ballard is an Adjunct Professor in the Interior Design Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication: Advertising from UTC and a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree in Learning and Leadership from UTC with research focused on creativity and creative types. Angela is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America and works professionally as a publicist, making her an ideal person to teach the Interior Design Department's course on Professional Competence. She helps students establish their personal brands, build their professional networks, and position themselves for career success.