Colleagues most frequently describe me as collaborative, effective, task-oriented, strategic, optimistic, artistic, authentic, capable, and accomplished.
My areas of expertise include content marketing, branding, art direction, business organization, relationship building, social entrepreneurship and environmentalism, social psychology, a working knowledge of the tech space, and a vast understanding of the interior design industry and the construction process.
Clients often say that I deliver value that far exceeds their investment, utilizing my holistic understanding of how to make a project, a team, and a business succeed in the long run.
PORTFOLIO + WORK SAMPLES
CONSULTING + EDITORIAL
north magazine for flats managing editor
michael del piero marketing consultant
architectural artifacts, inc. marketing consultant
refined haystack design community advocate
jody g photography web consultant
jill buckner photography business consultant
DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE
antunovich associates design associate
branch design owner
CONTENT + COPYWRITING
crate & barrel seo contributor
modern luxury print contributor
teak & twine ecomm contributor
once wed regular contributor
natural beauty: eco, design & lifestyle founder
*click the items listed above to see the samples
+ visit my LinkedIn for an employment timeline
I graduated in three years from Northwestern University in 2010 with a BA in Sociology. Two of my primary focuses of study were social inequality and organized crime.
My senior thesis was on "The Sociology of Space," which detailed the effects of social inequality on Chicago hotel design over the last 100 years. More specifically, it explored the causes and the implications of private versus public lobby space in local luxury hotels.
+ review the abstract from my 2010 thesis
+ compare the thesis' tables and figures
TBD DOG PRISON PROGRAM | Chicago Lead | Spring 2018 | I am currently coordinating an inmate / shelter dog rehabilitation program for Chicago prisons. The most recent state program was defunded, but the non-profit model that exists in other states is incredibly effective. Additional information available shortly.
+ visit the Instagram for a prison program in CA
TRYON FARM INSTITUTE | Board of Directors | June 2012 - March 2014 | Tryon Farm Institute is the non-profit arm of the modern residential conservation community, Tryon Farm, in Michigan City, Indiana. While on the board of directors I contributed to the long term vision, the marketing strategy, and to educational events.
+ check out Tryon Farm
UNIVERSITY CLUB OF CHICAGO | Philanthropy Society, Co-Founder/Co-Chair | January 2012 - January 2013 | While a member of the University Club of Chicago, I co-founded and co-chaired the Philanthropy Society, an organization for club members.
+ here's a photo from our first event
DEAR WORLD | Director of Events | October 2011 - December 2012 | Dear World is a photography social enterprise that captures participants’ messages to the world. This position was created for me. In this role I coordinated events, oversaw contract negotiations, and contributed to scaling initiatives remotely from Chicago. I also assisted the founder at Chicago Ideas Week 2011 and Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2012.
+ read the article I wrote about SocEnt for CIW
TISBEST | Midwest Marketing Representative | March 2011 - July 2012 | TisBest charity gift cards facilitate a donation to an organization of the recipient’s choosing. I created this volunteer position whereby I contributed digital marketing strategy, wrote content, created ad campaigns, and submitted for MBA research. I represented TisBest at the 2011 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference.
+ learn more about TisBest
My StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths are ideation, empathy, strategic, adaptability, and intellection.
+ discover the StrengthsFinder test
My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ, the introverted intuitive feeling judger, AKA “the diplomat and advocate.”
+ skim info about my INFJ type
The takeaway is: I do well with everything from design and strategy to relationship building, and I love collaborating, but I work most efficiently in a quiet private office or at home.
My hobbies include spinning (indoor biking), skeet shooting, interior design, hosting dinner parties, and smothering my rescue Great Dane, Minnie.
+ see a photo of Minnie
I was the weirdest kid ever; I watched Martha Stewart instead of cartoons, but it all paid off when I met her recently and we hit it off.
+ view photographic evidence here
That being said, these days I am partial to Ina Garten's recipes, but please don't tell Martha that. Did you know that before Ina started Barefoot Contessa in the Hamptons she worked in The White House Office under Presidents Ford and Carter and she wrote the nuclear energy budget? She is also a pilot. And the word on the street is that her husband Jeffrey might actually be an undercover assassin. But you didn't hear it from me.
+ her tomato crostini with whipped feta is killer
As a final somewhat unbelievable fact, I lived in Hollywood for a year between high school and college.
+ read this embarrassing article for more
I feel like this probably gives us more than enough to discuss. And I'd rather hear more about you now anyway. My contact info is below.