I am, by nature, a maker of things and connections, an artist and activist, explorer of spirit and meaning and identity. Special Projects Manager for the National School Reform Faculty. Setup crew chief for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Organizer of international gatherings and swaps, both spiritual and mundane, for my crafty friends online and in-person. Queen of outrageous birthday parties for kids. Enriched by my two beloved sons and my soul mate husband. President of the fan club for Bloomington, Indiana. And my latest incarnation: ghostwriter!
At work, I'm a professional communicator, having done about everything you can do in journalism and advertising: creative director in direct marketing, copywriter and media buyer in an ad agency, ghostwriter of speeches and educational materials, minimalist graphic designer, website architect, freelance magazine writer, daily newspaper reporter, radio announcer and newscaster, public relations and marketing director, podcaster and blogger.
Today, I advocate only for things I care about. I help people think about what to do in the context of a larger cause: I am curator of TEDxBloomington, a Critical Friends Group coach, Special Projects Manager for the National School Reform Faculty, partner/facilitator in Applied Collaborative Technologies, mom, Lotus volunteer, and marketing/PR/advertising maven for things that matter.
"Happiness is available. Help yourself." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
TEDxBloomington and TEDx events, The Availability of Happiness, Critical Friends Groups, Ghostwriting, Reiki, Guided Visualizations ... and whatever you're passionate about!
Throwing outrageously creative parties for kids and other creative, playful people ... parallel parking ... Reiki
I've been watching TEDTalks (via borrowed DVDs from a TEDster) since about 2005. As we say, I've "drunk the Kool Aid" and feel entirely engaged by these Ideas.
I was thrilled to discover that a TEDxBloomington conference was in the works last spring. I became the first local volunteer, then Local Team Leader and Champion within a couple weeks, and then was promoted to Co-Curator a couple months later. I am now the Curator for TEDxBloomington, with an outstanding team of co-producers.
I'm committed to building and sustaining a vibrant TEDxBloomington community, conference, and series of conversations over time. In this wonderful Big Ten university community, there are hundreds of TED enthusiasts, most of whom don't know about one another, and so many thousands more people who have yet to be introduced to Ideas Worth Spreading.
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