I love it when a plan comes together.
I enjoy MC'ing events, facilitating group discussions, writing compelling copy, developing a kickass conference, brainstorming a farfetched idea, developing a communications strategy, marketing an event in creative ways, bringing groups of people together for fun or for a serious purpose, building new and lasting relationships, listening to a colleague over a cup of coffee, speaking to a large group of people on a subject I am passionate about, sending a funny tweet, creating an Insta story and coordinating logistics behind the scenes.
I like to do excellent work. If we can laugh while we do it, all the better.
I'm at my best when I'm helping people learn, understand, connect, develop, have fun, and especially when they are participating in something meaningful together. I can do great work solo, but I also love to collaborate on a team.
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. I somehow don't have a Southern accent, but I do make a mean batch of buttermilk biscuits. Ask anyone.
In high school, I became an expert at making mixed tapes. I grew to be 6 feet tall and ate roughly half my body weight in cheese and crackers every afternoon. My favorite class was AP Art. My senior year I made the morning announcements on the PA system, and I created a fictional character named "Buffy the Cheerleader." She took on a life of her own and even had a her photo in the yearbook.
I went to Duke, where my primary source of vegetables was from salsa. I had a radio show from 5am to 7am Saturday mornings. I fell in love with New York City and spent a semester living on E. 26th Street. I took a cinema studies class at NYU, interned at Good Morning America, and bought a pair of Doc Martins: I (thought I) was super cool.
I spent my summers working at a camp on the island of Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts. In between stuffing myself with lobster rolls, I learned that I loved public speaking, DJing for my friends' parties and organizing activities for students. Over winter break I led skiing programs with the same kids and took over MC'ing the talent show and put together the New Year's Eve party.
After Duke, I got an offer I couldn't refuse to move to DC. I ate Vietnamese food for the first time. Where had pho been all my life? I became an expert at facilitating small groups with possibly uninterested teenagers. I organized and ran student conferences and spent a lot of time talking about boy bands whether I wanted to or not.
I made an opportunity to move to New York City happen. I needed to get back. I took a pay cut and moved into an apartment sight unseen. It's the kind of thing you do to live in this amazing city. Since I've been here I haven't just continued to write, speak and plan events. I happen to have starred once as a background extra on an episode of Law and Order. So, I am kind of a big deal.
When I'm not working I eat a lot of food, and take pictures of said food. I take a lot of non-food photos also. Mostly of pickup trucks (I am a Southern girl, after all). At other times I might be working on a screenplay about the raccoons in Central Park or watching improv or riding my pink one-speed bike around Manhattan.
We should hang out.