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I’ve been a storyteller and writer my entire life. One of those people who has always had a “way with words,” I fought the moniker of writer for a long time, largely fueled by my childhood hatred of book reports. If that was what writing was all about, then count me out. (I know I’m not alone on that one.)

But a funny thing happened as I got older. I found out I liked to be in charge of things, and was actually pretty good at it due in large part to my knack for communicating with others. So when a postcard from Boston University with the words College of Communication in really big letters arrived in my mailbox my junior year of high school, that seemed like a good enough place to start. After graduating from there with a degree in public relations and organizational communication, I moved to Chicago and promptly went to work for a prestigious university in college admissions. Realizing I liked the high school side of admissions better, I went to a private, all-girls high school to do PR, alumnae relations and development before making the move to agency life. I spent the last 10 years of my Chicago career at the largest independently owned communications marketing firm in the world, getting results and achieving goals for my clients, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in industries from non-profit to food to tech.

In 2011, my family and I moved back to my hometown in central North Carolina, where I currently provide freelance, contract and probono writing and communications consulting for a range of clients, including corporate, non-profit, small local businesses and schools. I also try to keep my own voice and story going over at my personal blog.

Photo courtesy Lori Davis Photography