I've been at the intersection of storytelling, creativity and technology for my entire career. As an award-winning technologist, writer and speaker, I like solving problems, big and small. At Axios, a digital news media and events company, where I was eventually promoted to Senior Director of Systems Architecture, I led a distributed team across eight cities and guided major backend, DevOps and deployment solutions for our storytelling and advertising systems, which I architected. Before that, I'd worked either as a web developer or journalist for outlets that include NBC News, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and more. As a journalist, my work was cited in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.
As a speaker and consultant, I've hosted workshops, given talks and lectured on technology, business and media solutions, as well as hosted ideation events and taught courses on management and remote work. My workshops have been attended by members of Facebook, Medium, MIDCO, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and I've presented at dozens of colleges, conferences and trade organizations. I've also designed software solutions for a variety of companies in multiple sectors. At Columbia College Chicago, I designed and taught a class on storytelling through web development.
Because I'm not busy enough, I’m also the author of "“Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You,” which was published by a Penguin Random House imprint to rave reviews. The Associated Press called it "darn funny," while the Chicago Tribune called it "a guide to being an adult in the modern age."
I like building projects that scale and can teach you to do it, too. If you have interesting problems you're trying to solve, or if you'd like me to speak at your company or event, I'd love to hear from you. I'm currently in Chicago, where I live with my way-too-fluffy cat Tiberius. I wish he paid rent.