(Photo by Amanda Bjorn)

In simple terms, I’m a creative director and marketing specialist, entrepreneur, and trained life and executive coach. I’ve carved out successful marketing, storytelling, branding and communication initiatives for clients across culture, music, innovation and technology industries for over 13 years (clients including The Windish Agency, Yahoo! Entertainment, Adobe, PopTech, Chronicle Books, Songkick and the Los Angeles Ballet). I’m the creator of The MiA (Made in America) Project, owner of The MiA Project Store in Los Angeles, and the other wild woman leading the Of The Wolves community with dear friend Lulu Brud Zsebe.

I’ve been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine,  Apartment Therapy, Refinery29, The Chalkboard Mag, Sakara Life, DesignSponge, FOAM, and more as well as contributed stories to Elle, LAist, Mind Body Green and HighSnobiety/Selectism. I’m also an advisor and coalition member of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s Make It In LA program, centered around the LA manufacturing and design community. A born Southerner, trained dancer and novice photographer, I’m recovering from a lifetime of being painfully shy in front of the camera, but I appreciate a good audience, love the high desert, nature, and extremely loud music. I alleviate angst with regular boxing sessions and the aforementioned loud music…learning meditation slowly.

B.A. in Communications with an emphasis on Professional Writing; minor in Film Studies and Sociology, San Diego State University
Professional Designation certificate in Merchandise Marketing, Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing
ICF-recognized and licensed NLP practitioner, currently completing the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program for Executive and Organizational Coaching

Columbia Coaching Program Certification:
Columbia Coaching Certification Program (CCCP) participants navigate a path towards mastery of the Coaching Foundations. Participants begin by developing a solid understanding of four guiding principles found to differentiate highly effective coaches, the High Impact Coaching Process, and intensive practice with nine core coaching competencies. These building blocks provide coaches and their clients with a solid platform for co-creating the unique paths needed to achieve the results they truly desire. Teachers College, Columbia University has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Bennett Stellar Program – NLP and Hypnotherapy Certifications:
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by studying the natural thought processes of exceptional achievers, and makes their talents available to you, maximizing your potential both personally and professionally. In short, NLP is about internal communication with ourselves, external communication with others, and how to run our brain in a productive way to consistently achieve the results that we want. Bennett | Stellar University was founded in 1996, and was granted its official school licensing early in 1997. Bennett | Stellar University is one of the few state-licensed private career institutes in the world that offers training and certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching, and Hypnotherapy.