I am an Emmy-award winning coach, creative strategist, podcaster, writer, teacher and social worker who has been helping nonprofits, publishers, authors, small business and career changers tell their stories for 20 years.
I serve as a Lecturer (and part-time faculty) at Lake Forest College.
I teach LOOP 202: Professional Development in the 21st Century, in which I direct students to focus on the trajectory of their career and intellectual aspirations, the development of effective professional communication skills, both oral and written, and the curating and management of their social media profile as it applies to the world of work.
I also teach Liberal Arts and The Workplace, a course designed to deepen student understanding of the fundamental skills and knowledge base that a liberal arts education brings to today’s and tomorrow’s professional cultures and innovative workplaces; curating the courses and experiences students have already had, and continuing to build essential workplace skills in communication, teamwork, resourcefulness, network-building, goal-setting and effective self-assessment.
I worked at Prevent Child Abuse America for seventeen years, including serving as the Senior Director of Strategic Communications.
While there, I introduced the organization to social media, wrote and managed grants from the CDC and Doris Duke, served as staff lead on the current strategic plan, and co-scripted the 2010 Emmy award-winning Ounce of Prevention of Florida “Prevent Child Abuse” public service campaign.
I oversaw the launch of The Montana Institute's blog, Twitter and Facebook pages, working with the Institute's team to craft content and uncover their voice.
More recently, I've consulted with a range of organizations including Leo Burnett, Content R|S, lylole, Jeff Pfaller, Inc., Human Elements, lylole and The Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence.
In supporting the emergence of Chicago publisher Curbside Splendor, I played an active role in the acquisition, launch, and/or promotion of a number of acclaimed books including May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks, Don't Start Me Talkin' by Tom Williams, Zero Fade by Chris L. Terry, The Old Neighborhood by Bill Hillmann, Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra, and The Dead Wrestler Elegies by W. Todd Kaneko.
And during the last year plus I've been working with the ascendant Green Writers Press on promoting a series of award-winning and timely books including Finding God in Ordinary Time by Christine Eberle, Offline by Brian Adams, Coming of Age by Madeleine Kunin, A Bouquet of Daisies by Megan Alice, Darling Girl by Terry Watkins, Aesop Lake by Sarah Ward, Crosshairs by Matt Fitzpatrick, Today My Name is Billie by Neile Parisi, Love, Sex & Mushrooms by Dr. Cardy Raper and The Coffeehouse Resistance by Sarina Prabasi, as well as working with independent authors such as Greg Olear and Hosho McCreesh on Dirty Rubles and Chinese Gucci respectively.
And I help people tell their stories.
If you want help telling yours, please let me know.
(With Jennifer Steele at the inaugural ChiTeen Lit Fest)