I help people tell their stories.
And sometimes I tell my own.
After 20 plus years working with nonprofits, government agencies, literary presses, and authors, I am excited any time I get to talk to people about how they can enhance their focus on communications, branding, strategy, and organizational change.
I am also looking for new challenges, and going forward I am especially interested in opportunities that focus on facilitation, training, teaching, presenting, planning, and storytelling.
I currently serve as a Lecturer in the Lake Forest College In The Loop Program where I teach LOOP 202: Professional Development in the 21st Century.
Prior to this, 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.
During this time, I also 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.
And 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.
In addition, I am a journalist; award-winning author; frequently speak on topics such as branding, publishing, and writing personal narrative; and oversee the cultural empire This Blog Will Change Your Life.
And I help people tell their stories.
If you want help telling yours, please let me know.
(Self-portrait with Slurpee)