I’m a Content Writer – I help shape messaging to best exemplify a client’s brand or create a reaction for the reader. If I can inject personality or humor into dry subject matter, all the better! I also edit quite a bit, this contributes to the quality of our work, which is important to me. Ultimately, my role is connecting with readers in a way that gets the job done and ideally, in a way not expressed before…
I have a degree in English Writing from DePauw University and more than 10 years of experience in integrated strategic marketing. I’ve worked for small businesses, global corporations and PR/marketing agencies. My agency experience focused on account management, requiring me to write all my own copy and plan local and national marketing campaigns.
I’ve also spent several years doing the mom thing and have a couple tours of duty with the PTO’s leadership. I used my event planning experience to create and execute fundraising events for my children’s school. It’s not just holding bake sales anymore. I rebranded an annual event and tripled the previous revenue, designed print marketing and created a new social media presence for communicating with parents. I co-chaired another annual event responsible for raising $50-80K of the school’s budget.
I see projects through many eyes – small business owner, corporate communications professional, account manager, nonprofit volunteer and consumer/parent. It helps me empathize and write the message needed to move someone to action.
I’ve always been a word nerd. My dad used to quiz me with grammar usage questions on the way to and from piano lessons. It annoyed me until I took my verbal SATs and crushed it. (!) It may have irritated me as an 8 year old, but his pestering honed a skill until proficiency.
My experience from Features Editor of my college paper, to a Michigan Avenue PR agency, to an Indianapolis nonprofit have shaped my ability to look at a problem from all angles, figure out what I can and ask for help from subject matter experts when I need it. I LOVE writing, reading, researching and presenting. Marketing presents so many opportunities to do what I love and do it alongside smart, funny, creative people. Who could ask for more?
I parent my three kiddos, Sam, Annika and Henry. My oldest two are twins, Sam and Annika, so honestly, there’s nothing you can throw at me that’ll make me blink. To make it more interesting, they were preemies and Sam has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Being a parent changes you; being a parent of a kid with special needs reveals you. All three are great kids and frankly, Sam is lucky to have me. I turned my reading and researching brain in his direction and thanks to a village of therapists, friends and family, he’s the happiest kid I know. I imagine I worry enough for both of us but he inspires me to enjoy the view.
Sam attends an amazing therapy clinic for kids with motor disabilities called The Jackson Center for Conductive Education (we can never move). It’s impacted our whole family. We passionately advocate for them and we’ve fundraised more than $60K in seven years.
Annika and Henry are involved in the usual community sports and school activities. You can usually find me working the concession stand or going cross-eyed checking BoxTop expiration dates.
If I won the lottery tomorrow I’d definitely invest…most of it. I’d love to know that Sam’s future financial needs would be met and to fund an organization to help families like ours with funds to cover therapies or medical equipment insurance rejects.
With the rest I’d probably travel. I was lucky enough to travel outside the U.S. before my children were born and I wish everyone could. It’s so liberating to get lost somewhere and find your way home again.