I’m Jackie. It’s great to meet you.

I’m 27 years old but sometimes I joke that I feel like an 80-year-old woman — it means I have my moments of pure exhaustion from being involved in too many things. My mother would tell you that I’m a go-getter and because of that I’m going places, and I hope she’s right (I’ve learned very quickly that she’s always right).

Professionally and academically…

I spend most of my time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’ve been fortunate enough to work and learn alongside leaders in higher education, marketing, and digital engagement as the University’s online marketing and social media manager since February 2018. I am primarily tasked with digital analytics for social media and website efforts coming from University Communications. Essentially, lots of charts, graphs, and data-driven decision making. I have a deep passion for and experience in marketing, social media engagement, and content writing.

I’m currently enrolled in Georgetown University’s Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s of Professional Studies program, set to graduate in the summer of 2019. I take all my courses online, and despite the millennial stereotype, it’s been a new challenge and adjustment to the style of learning I grew used to at SUNY Geneseo, my undergraduate alma mater where I earned a degree in Communication with a concentration in Media and Journalism, and Computer Science.

Outside of work but still work-like…

I am co-host and producer of the Higher Ed Social Podcast, which has been on the air for over four years and 160 episodes. Every week, I join my co-host from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and have an interesting conversation with a member of the higher education community. Guests range in years of experience, division, and location. We’ve even had a guest from Australia. I stay connected to the field through the podcast as well as serving as editor and contributor to Link: The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals.

I am also the founder of ConnectEDU Network, the first podcast network for higher education. The shows on the network are hosted and produced by brilliant minds in the field, spanning from advancement to marketing. It has become one of the most incredible learning opportunities in my professional career and has been growing steadily since February 2018.

During my undergraduate years, I was heavily involved in Alpha Phi Omega, an international co-ed community service fraternity. After graduation, I maintained my involvement as an alumni volunteer as a member of the Region II staff and national presenter. Each year I attend 3-5 conferences working with students and alumni to help develop strong chapters and positive inter-chapter relationships with a basic working style assessment and exploration of how working styles can complement one another in a group setting. If you haven’t already guessed, I am qualified in this assessment as a “driver,” an assertive and goal-oriented individual who focuses on deadlines and results.

With whatever time is left, I work with higher education institutions consulting and advising on strategic digital marketing tactics, social media content strategy, and podcasting. I love being able to partner with others across the country and move them forward in a creative, effective, and innovative way.

In case you were curious…

I grew up in Buffalo, New York – something I’ll likely talk your ear off about. I say pop not soda, believe that Duff’s wings are better than Anchor Bar, don’t consider Canada as traveling “out of the country,” and root for the Buffalo Bills. I also hate winter.

A healthy lifestyle has become increasingly important to me over the past few years. I was motivated to focus on healthy foods and exercise habits in 2014, losing over 35 pounds since. I believe to be the definition of, “if I can do it, you can do it,” going from never running or doing anything athletic throughout my teen years to completing three half marathons within two years. This focus has given me new hobbies, friends, and experiences that I am forever grateful for.

I am a fierce defender of the Oxford Comma, enjoy more toppings than yogurt at frozen yogurt shops, and can play the ukulele. I’ve taken a ride on a camel and a donkey and had the chance to pet penguins. I also have a cat who is nicknamed Potato for her shape.

Here you’ll find my professional work and other neat tidbits of information about me and my life. Reach out to me anytime – I’m always willing to tell my story.

— Jackie