Writer in a complicated relationship with the Internet. Blogger at The Learned Fangirl
Internet | Greater Chicago Area, US
I'm a writer and social media strategist. I craft quality social media content and audience - driven strategy for small businesses, start-ups and non-profits. I’ve worked as a community manager for higher education and mid-sized consumer brands. I’ve written for Chicagoist, Time Out Chicago, and Not For Tourists about everything from rock concert poster art to Chicago soul food.
I'm also well-versed in digital analytics and measurement. I also train bloggers, businesses and non-profits on how to use digital analytics to optimize their web presence, and how to create an online content strategy. I teach workshops and classes via Mediabistro.com and Dabble.com.
My blog, The Learned Fangirl, is focused on social media and online fan culture. We've grown to 7 regular writers, and has led to speaking engagements at MIT and appearances on Chicago Public Radio.
Recent speaking engagements include:
# MIT Media in Transition - 2013
# “Rights, Ownership, and Identity in Social Media” Symposium – John Marshall Law School - 2013
# Midwest Law and Society Retreat - 2012
# Chicago Writers Conference - 2012
# BlogHer - 2012
# Chicago Social Media Summit - 2011
# BlogHer - 2010
# eduWeb - 2009
# Girl Scouts of Chicago
# International Women's Press Association
# Making Community Connections, Chicago
# MIT Media in Transition - 2011
# Publicity Club of Chicago
I completed a B.A in Communications at Beloit College and an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2009, I was a recipient of Community Renewal Society's 35 Leaders Under 35, which honors individuals who work in nonprofit fields.
I'm also a musician but you won't hear about that here.