Recommendation from Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer at Vermont Foodbank

Recommendation from Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer at Vermont Foodbank

“Over the past three years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michelle in her role as digital media specialist for the Vermont Foodbank. From the beginning, Michelle took a keen interest in going above and beyond her official job duties to offer her experience and expertise to the Foodbank’s network of 225 food shelves and meal sites. The majority of food shelves and meal sites are run by volunteers and do not have the capacity to enter into the social media realm. Michelle helped to build their capacity by creating a series of classes that were offered in person and online. This made all the difference for many of these small mission driven organizations. She was always interested in improving the classes offered; each year, she sought feedback and made adjustments to ensure that she was providing the best service possible. I would highly recommend Michelle.”

Chris Meehan

Chief Community Impact Officer (2008-Present)

Vermont Foodbank

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Recommendation from Jessica Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps at Harpoon Brewery

Recommendation from Jessica Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps at Harpoon Brewery

“I got the opportunity to work with Michelle for a couple of years specifically promoting the Harpoon Point to Point, presented by National Life group, which is the Vermont Foodbank’s largest fundraiser. Michelle took ahold of our digital promotion, specifically with Google Adwords and really drove exposure for us. Her attention to detail, creativity in making sure we were maximizing every dollar we spent, on top of trying to get conversions (registered riders) was top-notch. She was thoughtful to give the team reports on how things were going on the back-end, which I admittedly didn’t always understand due to my lack of knowledge on digital analytics, but had full trust that every decision Michelle made was a good one. We were a bit behind on some of the social media opportunities available to us, and she has a kind, patient demeanor and was careful to suggest changes and push where needed to take on new opportunities. She’s analytical, thorough, competitive and forward thinking in her approach and was a real asset to our team and our event.”

Jessica Cox

Director of Harpoon Helps & Sponsorships (2005-Present)

Harpoon Brewery

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Recommendation from Keri Brown, Owner of Keri’s Kures

“Michelle has been an invaluable asset to Keri’s Kures as we’ve grown over the last three years. She is always on the cutting edge of marketing research and technology, and is able to provide the information in plain language and actionable steps. Most importantly for my business, Michelle is able to push me to make moves that may feel risky or out of my comfort zone, but that always pay off when I follow through. I am always recommending Michelle’s expertise to other small business owners I meet.”

Keri Brown

Owner and Custom Tea Curator

Keri’s Kures

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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

I’m fascinated by how things (and people) work. So imagine how interested I was in this infographic about the daily routines of famous creative people.

Once you’ve got a handle on the color coding and the creative people documented in it, click on the image to bring it up in a new tab.

On the Podio webpage, you can toggle between the daily routines. Interested in the sleep routines of your favorite creatives? Click on Sleep in the legend and you’ll only see that category in the chart. Likewise, with creative work, day jobs, etc.

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The Case for A Career Sabbatical: Stefan Sagmeister’s TED Talk

The Case for A Career Sabbatical: Stefan Sagmeister’s TED Talk

I highly recommend this TED Talk from Stefan Sagmeister. A four-time TED speaker, Sagmeister is a graphic designer with an impressive portfolio and an even more curious professional habit: every seven years, he closes down his entire business for the whole year.

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Community Supported Enterprise: New Leaf Deli and Market

Community Supported Enterprise: New Leaf Deli and Market

I’m very interested in the “Community Supported” model, as in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Community Supported Restaurant (CSR) or Community Supported Enterprise (CSE). So I was delighted to hear of another shop going CSE in Vermont.

The Shelburne News reported that New Leaf Deli and Market, formerly Natalia’s Market, has new owners, a new look, and a new business model.

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Three Years at a Standing Desk

Three Years at a Standing Desk

A few years ago, I wrote about using a standing desk for the first time. I’d like to provide an update, especially since I’ve continued the practice for quite some time now.

When I started working at my last job, the furniture in my office was set up for an entirely different type of department, so I was lucky enough to be able choose all of my own furniture. I’d already seen another colleague at his own makeshift standing desk and decided to give it a go.

Read about that here.

When I started working at my current job in 2013, office spaces were being remodeled and re-purposed and, coincidentally, there wasn’t even a spare chair for me, so I took that as an opportunity to pull together some materials for a standing desk.

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