Jennifer Diliz, publicist by day, dog advocate and rescuer by evening. Diliz is the epitome of managing and balancing career, family, church life, and a deep dedication to saving the lives of many dogs and some amazing kitties.
Her professional career encompasses 12 years of experience, and is distinguished by working
directly with a wide variety of clients in a broad range of categories. Her understanding of the industry’s
multicultural environment and experience in marketing communications was instrumental to the development of Midnite Communications, a boutique full-service public relations, marketing, and special events agency. Does she burn the midnight oil; most definitely, hence the name.
After founding Midnite Communications in 2006, Diliz took a leave of absence in 2008 to pursue a
personal passion in fundraising. She held tenure at the Marlins Community Foundation where she served as the Development Director and prior to that at the YMCA of Greater Miami as the Director of Annual Giving and Special Events. During her time in the non-profit industry, she handled all aspects of development and special events and was responsible for sponsorship procurement, budget management, plus event and production management.
Prior to founding her firm, she held tenure at Ocean Drive Magazine where she served as Public Relations Manager and previously, at Neiman Marcus, where she served as Public Relations Assistant Manager. Her personal passion is saving the lives of as many dogs and cats as possible from euthanasia at local shelters. She recently adopted Sophie, a Shih Tzu and has been fostering a beagle/dachshund mix, Tippie, but it looks like she’s becoming part of the Diliz pack.
Aside from her professional accolades and her heartfelt passion for the animal kindom, what makes Diliz as Woman of Chispa?
“I grew up in the Catholic Church and although my faith and belief in God has always been in my life, it was never as strong as it is now,” she says with a smile. “I never really connected with the priest or what he was saying. Half the times the audio was inaudible so I’d get sleepy and fall asleep. I know, sorry… and I am fully aware you’re going to publish this.”
She continues, “I kept searching for a way to be more connected to the Creator. At first, I started listening to Joel Osteen, and then I met some people, whom I know were placed in my path to lead me closer and closer, and they did. First, I heard Tim Storey speak at a private event at a friend’s home. The following year, I met Pastor Rich and Robyn Wilkerson speak at the same event and learned of Trinity Church. I heard Pastor Robyn that day and while I wasn’t convinced, something drew me to attend church that weekend and see what was calling me.”
This is when her life journey started to take shape. “I started attending Trinity Church every Sunday, it was like food for the soul. By the time Sunday rolled around, I hungry to hear God’s message. I began to shed every layer of unhappiness, disappointment, regret, resentment, and guilt that I had in me. He was slowly crafting me to become a better me. It was like taking layers of clothing off that I’d been wearing for years and didn’t need simply because it was bright and sunny outside.”
Personal and professional change became furious within her agenda. “The sun was starting to peak through and I could feel the warmth on my face. I was being blessed with His grace every single day. And with every waking moment, I gave thanks for another day. And I still do. It’s a work in progress. Life is filled with challenges and I’ve learned that no matter what, if He put us in the muck, He will take us through it. My new approach: Sit tight for the ride buckled up in God’s arms, and learn the lesson He has for me.”
And how can others learn from Diliz’s journey?
“Stay positive with focus. Look at the glass not half full or half empty, but always full… it either has air or water, but it’s always full. Listen to your inner voice, we all have the direct dial to Him, we just don’t listen enough. The world is filled with chatter and clutter and our lives take the brunt of it and in turn, our souls suffer it. There isn’t a one fits all formula on how to get to know God or walk in His steps, but the first step is to listen. He’s everywhere and most importantly He’s within us… we are His creation so there’s a piece of Him in all of us. I like to think that we are all angels on Earth. It’s our choice to exercise our wings by our actions. Golden rule: Be good onto others, so that others may be good onto you.”
Photography by Allison Weiss Brady