I develop the personal brands and digital platforms of impact innovators – and love it! Whether it’s my background in marketing to women or my now 9 years of focus on sustainability and leadership, the thread that runs through my career is: guiding others in how to build meaningful, human scale connections that grow their businesses.
How does my much loved, post-college job managing a fine furniture studio connect to my social focus today? No matter the frame, it has always been about seeing behind the task at hand, and looking beyond the next quarter, to connect people and projects in ways that move the big ideas forward. When strange bedfellows get together to change their industry or the world, I am in heaven.
Between fine furniture and my current life in the social sphere, I’ve enjoyed a career in writing and consulting on marketing to women that led to a deeper look at organizational leadership and then collided (in a good way) with my personal passion for sustainability. From there I wrote a Master’s thesis on what makes for good corporate sustainability leadership, and that’s when I jumped into social networking with both feet. Connecting and discovering how social engagement can so significantly amplify ideas and messages – and forward movement scale change – is what drives my work as both a writer and social engagement consultant.
Some ways that I work with leaders to develop their platforms include:
- how to strategically develop a blog post voice/strategy
- how to leverage conference panels/keynotes for most impact
- who to connect with to be seen as a “thought leader” in your particular industry
- how to make all of the above a lot more fun and professionally rewarding.
Here’s a quick video of me, on the power I see in developing thought leadership through social media (especially Twitter) engagement:
A few of my client and colleague comments include:
“Andrea is truly an expert in this domain, is highly connected to the CSR/Sustainability field and is a creative problem solver.” – Nicole Trimble, former Sr. Director of Corporate Responsibility at Outerwall
“Andrea has an intuitive understanding of how to strategically leverage social media to effectively engage customers, employees, and other stakeholders.” – Hugh Byrne, Sr. Vice President, GreenBiz Group
A bit of background on my career and research:
- A November 2011 profile of me: TheAtlantic.com.
- My March 2011 piece: Gender and the Sustainable Brain: Solutions Journal (March 2011):
- My 2004 book: Don’t Think Pink: What Really Makes Women Buy – And How To Increase Your Share Of This Crucial Market (AMACOM)
- My HuffingtonPost.com archives.