I first developed an interest in digital storytelling when I found that it was, really, at the crossroads of social media and social change. Social media is connecting people like never before and one powerful use of this newfound connection is to change the world around us for the better. I had the opportunity to witness and even work with organizations that were revolutionizing the role of digital in the lives of their audiences, whether coordinating thousands of educators to host education technology events in the classroom on Digital Learning Day or empowering sexual assault survivors to speak up and stand against sexual violence. Seeing this work and being part of some of it, I learned that the potential of digital storytelling is endless and I’ve truly fallen in love with it.
2) How have you used social media for social good?
Social media has the power to give a voice to the voiceless. I use social media for social good by helping a variety of brands with impactful messages be heard. This began when I was part of Students Against Sexual Assault at George Washington University and we used campaigns to spread awareness. Since then, my work with social media has vastly expanded into the realm of digital advocacy, whether pushing education reform in the support of the graduation rate, driving digital music streaming services to provide royalties to pre-1972 artists, or creating awareness among young people of the alternatives to drinking. With each of these causes, I’ve been able to elevate the perspectives of the people behind each issue, in their own words. That’s truly the core of the work I do— taking a brand’s digital megaphone and handing it over to someone who can speak to why the brand does the work it does. Recently, I had the opportunity to do just that for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, where I became a roving on the ground in New York City, having conversations and capturing videos that I could share with the world.
3) As mentioned, you attended George Washington University. What part of your academic career had the most impact on you?
Interestingly enough, the part of my academic career that had the biggest impact on me was the work I did extracurricularly. In the classroom, business, marketing, creative writing, and communications courses did greatly resonate with me. Being in the heart of Washington, DC, however, GW provides such a rich experience to students that goes beyond the books and this is where I really learned the lessons I’ll never forget. Internships, on-campus and off-campus jobs, student organizations, and the people I met along my journey in all of those capacities gave me diverse experiences personally and professionally before I even walked across stage on graduation day. Most of all, though, I learned that I had the ability to accomplish whatever I set my mind to and I learned that the words “never” and “can’t” are best when extinct from our vocabularies.
4) SecondMuse is a 100% distributed company, meaning we work remotely. What do you think about working virtually?
Collaboration is at the core of the work SecondMuse does and that is what makes working virtually so rewarding. Whether or not I’m sitting down with team members in-person, at SecondMuse, I am constantly working hand-in-hand with everyone on our team. Best of all, we all bring such diverse skills and experiences to the table that I’m constantly picking up on and learning from as we work together. I’ve realized that collaboration and communication shape relationships and results, not physical proximity.