Back in the (infamous and unidentifiable) day, I started my first blog to document the year I spent studying abroad just outside Tokyo, Japan. Just barely a teenager, with no concept of social media or smart phones, I relied on a basic Xanga blog to communicate with family and friends back home. I monkeyed around with HTML coding and distinctly remember changing my scroll bar to a gradient pink. I was a weird kid.
More than fifteen years later, I am still madly in love with the art (and science) of writing.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, Chinese, and East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, I knew I wanted to start a creative business. I landed in the corporate world and earned an invaluable real-world education through challenging advising and project management work (but thank goodness this one didn't require more tuition payments).
I got married, bought an adorable red house in the suburbs, gardened perennials to my heart's content, and worked a reliable job that provided comfortable benefits. Life was good. But as we all know, things couldn't stay that way forever.
Within just a few short years of each other, I lost my grandma, my mom, and my dad. My life was flipped upside-down and inside-out. The third time was (anything but) a charm, and in 2015, I decided to take my first business full-time.
Through a series of nauseating twists and turns, I managed to start and stop several businesses (none of which felt like "the one"). In fall of 2017, I hired my first business success coach and had the breakthrough I so badly desired:
I studied multilingual communications from kindergarten through college graduation. While Japanese had always been my focus, I picked up Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, German, and Portuguese, too. You know -- just for the heck of it.
After posting a comical ad to sell my minivan online, I was hired serendipitously as a freelance ad copywriter.
With over ten years of professional experience and a lifetime of unrelenting passion, how did I not realize I had a brilliantly-lit career path in strategic communications?!
experience the quirky side of emilie
Personality Test Junkie | ENFP + 3w2 + Questioner (ultra-visionary!)
Owned two African pygmy hedgehogs throughout college: Boo and Pepper
Saved lunch money to buy blueprints and architectural design books as a kid
Makes regular Saturday morning donut runs
Advocates for invisible illness warriors
Learned the art of stained glass at the age of thirteen and have been playing with glass ever since
Listens to either business audiobooks or kids movie soundtracks while driving
Buys several paper planners and calendars each year, knowing they will never get used to their fullest potential
Enjoys breaking out her viola or ukulele for the heck of it
B.A., Japanese Language and Literature, 3.5/4.0 GPA | 2009
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, 4.0/4.0 | 2009
B.A., East Asian Studies, 3.79/4.0 | 2009
Dean's List | Spring 2006, Fall 2008
International Academic Programs Selected Participant, Nankai University, Tianjin, China | Summer 2008
Certificate, E-Seed Entrepreneurial Training Program | 2014
20 ON THE RISE Nominee | June 2018
Award of Recognition | July 2016
Rising Star Award Nominee | 2016
Active Member | July 2015 - Present
Chapter Leader | August 2017 - Present
Committee Member | Sept 2016 - Jan 2018
Alderman Candidate | Jan 2017 - Apr 2017