Journey 16

Who we are

A Boutique Communications and Marketing Firm

We provide customized communication strategies to elevate client brands and perception.

Moxie16 was born in 2023 to provide a customized and personal touch to elevating client brands and perception.

Makayla and Kristi met during their days at the ABC Affiliate KETV when Kristi was a news anchor and Makayla was a marketing executive. Once they realized that they shared a similar passion as strong women who were driven by providing platinum results, committed to excellence, and changing the culture of PR, they knew at some point they would be connected in more ways than one! It was in 2016 they decided that eventually they would turn their individual successes into a collective win through combining their skill sets with a whole lot of Moxie.

Mission & Values

What moxie means to us

Our stamp of approval is only placed on our customized strategy provided to each unique client as a trusted extension of your team, producing results that directly and positively impact your brand.

We promote a collaborative partnership with our clients and view ourselves as an integral extension of your team.

We promote a collaborative partnership with our clients and view ourselves as an integral extension of your business. We become a valued source of informal advice on a variety of issues.

We embrace our collective skill sets in a way that benefits the client’s needs no matter the age, sex, origin, ethnicity, race, or class to provide a platinum service that directly effects the bottom line.

We insist on honesty and fairness as the guides against which all of our actions must be measured, and we dedicate ourselves to walking the high ground in all our actions.

We believe that the ability to see opportunity for our clients, and help them seize it, is the cornerstone of our services and is central to the solutions we provide.

We work hard at being the best. We articulate how we work with our clients, set expectations, and tirelessly aim to outperform.

meet the team

People Behind Moxie 16

Two accomplished women with decades of high-level experience who have joined forces with a savvy and client centric approach.

Makayla McMorris

Makayla McMorris is a leading corporate marketing, communications, and public relations professional with a passion for strengthening and enhancing brand identity. With over 20 years of experience, McMorris is a sought-after strategist with a primary focus of helping companies build, grow, and anchor market share. She has worked with clients such as Nebraska Furniture Mart, Woodhouse, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Professional Sports Partners, Kroger, Arby’s, and many more.

McMorris formerly served as the Chief Communication & Marketing Officer for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). While leading the University out of one of the largest crises in UNO history, the Covid19 Pandemic, she remained successful in retaining a talented team while driving results. McMorris strategically led a staff of 29 in University-wide external marketing, branding, internal communications, web development, events, and crisis management efforts in direct support of the overall perception of the University. Under her leadership, the MarComm staff received more than 30 statewide and national industry awards and recognitions for their work.

Prior to UNO, McMorris was a nationally recognized leader through her marketing efforts at Omaha ABC-affiliated television station KETV and Cox Media as senior marketing executive.

McMorris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is married to Kenny McMorris, CEO of Charles Drew Health Care, and has two pretty cool children: Kenny Jr., and Makenli Savanna.

Kristi Andersen

Kristi Andersen has a unique skillset in both communications and commercial real estate. In addition to being a well-respected public relations expert with more than 20 years of communications experience, Kristi is also a Vice President at CBRE.

Kristi began her career as a television journalist, working in newsrooms across the country and covering everything from presidential campaigns to Hurricane Katrina. She ventured out of the news industry to serve as the Nebraska Press Secretary for United States Senator Mike Johanns. Before starting her own communications consulting business and her real estate career, Kristi was the Director of Communications at the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).  In this role, she served as the company spokesperson and handled all internal and external communications for MECA, Charles Schwab Field, and CHI Health Center Omaha. Kristi has played key roles in communications, event management, and publicity for nationally televised events such as the Olympic Swim Trials, NCAA College World Series, and world championship boxing.

Kristi is married to her college sweetheart and has two awesome teenagers.

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