Football, Fashion, and a Passion for public relations are just the beginning of what makes Ari Washington tick. While attending and graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Art in Communication, Ari Washington utilized her skills and connections at a young age to gain experience in the public relations and marketing fields. Interning for many sports entities, Washington was able to gain much knowledge and hands on experience in the sports industry. After 4 years of solid experience on both the collegiate and professional level, Washington made the decision in 2010 to found Double Coverage PR Group, six months before graduating college. Double Coverage PR Group is a boutique public relations firm specializing in lifestyle, sports, and entertainment. Since 2010, Washington has represented over 15 professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and MLS. In 2014, Ari decided to tap into another one of her passions, the fashion industry. She partnered with her mother and opened a fashion boutique in Chicago, Illinois. Soñador Boutique has hosted two NFL draft events and caters to dressing athletes on game days as well as the regular day shopper. The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU is a collaborative program designed to connect forward-thinking speakers with students and professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.