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Born in Germany, moved to Texas where I grew up, and went to university. I hold a degree in Speech Communication and in Graphic Design. I moved to Chicago shortly after graduating to start a career in advertising. That plan didn't work out so well. Instead, a family friend introduced me to a company called Capgemini Ernst and Young and the rest is as you say, history. As a contractor back in 2002, I was introduced to the MG Taylor methodology and to scribing. I spent the next 10 years as an independent contractor helping organize and deliver events for corporate clients all over the world. It was a blast. I learned so much. It was like getting an MBA through osmosis. In 2011, I had the opportunity to start a company with two other amazing visual thinkers and independent contractors Dusty Folwarzcny and Ryan Robinson. We talked for months about how we wanted to approach things and what our vision would be. In October of 2011, we launched Ink Factory out of Ryan's live/work loft in Chicago. We've grown the business now to 11 full-time employees and continue to work towards accomplishing our vision. Which is a world where visuals are the universal language. The journey has been a blast. The clients, the places we have been, the friends we have made - it's all been amazing. And a lot of hard work. We will be celebrating our 9th birthday this year!! My role at Ink Factory is currently COO. I oversee the day-to-day operations and internal strategies, manage the financials, and oversee a team of three administrative support. As a small business, you tend to wear a lot of hats. And this could not be more true for me. I am a visual note-taker at heart. I love to deliver work and work directly with clients. I am also project manager for events, handle HR operations, and can often be called the Chief Prank Officer. Never a dull moment at Ink Factory. I would love to talk about Think Like Ink. Which is our educational arm of Ink Factory. 2020 was going to be our year for teaching in-person workshops. We even built out a brand new studio to facilitate this. However, 2020 had different plans. Like with any sour situation, we are looking for the silver lining, and the silver lining with the shutdown has been the ability to offer our workshop across time zones and borders. We've been able to teach just over 20 workshops this year and have global representation in each workshop. I love to bring levity to any situation and my favorite color is grey! Get a 20% off for Ink Factory's workshops with this discount code: 20-OFF-TLI Reach out on social media we love to connect: insta: inkfactorystudio twitter: the_ink_factory mine the blog for great tips and tricks at inkfactoystudio.com facebook: Ink Factory Studio
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