During college I worked at Barnes & Noble. I didn’t intend to stay as long as I did. Nearly seven years in, I’d held 5 positions at 4 different stores in Evansville and Chicago. I had the chance to lead really diverse teams of booksellers and got loads of practice in hiring, interviewing, providing professional development and performance reviews, and building teams.
I loved many things about working there, including visual merchandising, hand-selling books, and the people side of human resources, though managing a book store was not my long term dream job. When it was time to move on, I got started with my first marketing gig at United Way, where I learned a lot about community building and digital marketing.
A couple of creative agencies later, and I’m just starting a new role that combines different bits from my past experience, including what I sometimes call my “accidental career” at Barnes & Noble. I had no idea how critical the things I learned there would be to my present day dream job.
I couldn’t be more pleased to take on the new role of Chief Culture Officer at SmallBox, where I’ve been working as a marketing strategist for the past couple of years.
In true SmallBox form, the job is mine to shape over time, but it includes a mix of marketing, business development, human resources and, of course, focusing on our culture.
Our CEO Jeb Banner frequently says he’s driven to design dream jobs for our team. In my case, mission accomplished.
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I’m stepping outside of my normal marketing and board member role at Indy Film Fest to curate some short films for a new monthly series. I’m pleased to introduce The Nooner. It’s lunch. It’s short films. It’s afternoon delight.
This has been a little pet project of mine for a while, as I’ve fretted over how little access there is to short film programming round the year in Indianapolis. I’m hoping this will change all that!
This new shorts program will take place on the final Friday of each month in the café at Earth House. The first edition is tomorrow at noon, and I can’t wait to kick it off. We’re showing past Oscar winning shorts for this inaugural outing. You can rsvp on facebook, or just show up! The screening is free.
Have ideas for a film to feature? Or maybe you’re a filmmaker and want to submit your film? Contact me here.
My love for movies is starting to take over my free time. But I couldn’t be happier to announce I’ve joined myoldkentuckyblog.com as editor, film. The blog has been a strong voice in the music scene locally and nationally, and I’m thrilled to pioneer film coverage for them.
Here are the first few posts:
You can also follow @MOKBfilm. I’m really excited to see where this goes!
It’s official – I’ve joined the board of the Indy Film Fest, a.k.a the Dream Team. It is such an honor to be part of this festival. I previously volunteered on the film screening committee, as well as helping with promotion and at various events. I’ll be focusing on marketing needs for the festival, along with the amazing team at Lodge Design.
It couldn’t be a more exciting time to increase my involvement with the festival. We’ve just started a new program called Roving Cinema, in which we bring movies to the perfect setting for viewing. First up was a sold out screening of Strange Brew at Sun King Brewery. We’re currently working on the 2011 schedule. We’ve also got a doc screening coming up at the Toby with our lovely partners at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Did I mention submissions have just opened for the big fest in July?
For me, being part of something like this provides a sense of purpose that I don’t get elsewhere. While I love both the work I do by day and my solo creative endeavors, there’s nothing quite like the charge of volunteering. I’ve heard volunteering can even add years to your life, a pretty sweet bonus if you ask me.
Please check out my new side project, Sundayed. I’ll be contributing a post now and again, along with some really sharp writers. The site was created by Jason Moriber to deliver provocative weekend reading. He says:
I pined for a site that intended to write ‘Sunday” reading material. Thoughtful, insightful, personal, practical, and intriguing. I discussed this idea over time with many of the contributors who have signed on to write for this blog and we decided to make this intent-driven site ourselves.Each week, either on Sunday (or just before), we’ll post a handful of writings by a widening list of interested contributors. Not too much stuff, just enough material to fit the hour or two during that splended weekend day when you’re finally free from the previous week, and are gearing up to conquer the week ahead.
My first post, Untitled [A Colorful Man] is a personal story of loss, and while it was difficult to write, it felt good to put it out in the world.