I am an entrepreneur, communicator, relationship builder, and the host of a podcast, Driven 2 Educate. I have spent 25 years in the advertising and marketing industry, sharing the stories of companies, products, people, and organizations through the written word, photography and video production.
As a marketing consultant, I choose to use my voice and expertise to broaden the conversation around education reform and improvement. We all can appreciate and amplify the voices of those working to improve education. Marketing is my passion, I love the entire process of diving into a company or organization’s offerings and choosing the right communication channel to reach key stakeholders.
I understand the intricacies of creating an initiative from the ground up and all of the challenges associated with overcoming hurdles and achieving success. I co-founded my own educational non-profit, Minddrive, an organization that serves high school students who are struggling to meet their full potential. I gladly wore many hats and acted as marketing and PR director, community outreach and events coordinator and fundraiser. I took on any and all roles necessary to realize the success of this organization in its developing years and watched it grow from startup to a full-fledged organization in just a few years, creating impact for many low-income students.
Minddrive focused on project-based learning and recruited mentors from the community to work side-by-side with its students. It was through their collaboration on socially conscious projects that allowed us to spread the message of the work they were doing on a national and international level. Through the leadership and collaboration with digital media agency, VML, Minddrive won local, regional and national Addy awards for its “Social Fuel Tour” campaign, during the organization’s trip with their students to Washington DC.
When not mentoring, I serve on the governing board of the Kansas City Advertising Federation Foundation and produce my podcast, Driven 2 Educate. I interview educational reformers: the innovative, the creative and the solution-oriented luminaries that will make a difference in education today, tomorrow and for years to come.
I have been blessed to be named by KC Magazine as one of the 2015 Most Influential Women of Kansas City Business. In 2014, I was also named one of Kansas City’s Top 100 People Who Make Kansas City A Great Place To Live.