When Passion and Work Align

When your passion aligns with your work, you are one lucky person. That’s what I consider myself. I’m Astek’s Senior Community Manager. What’s a community manager you ask? In simple terms, I’ll say it’s the voice of the brand to the community and the voice of the community to the brand. In even simplier terms, I sum it up as “Be helpful”
So why is community management my passion? And maybe more importantly, how did I know I wanted to do this for work?
I did not grow up wishing I would be a community manager (actually I wanted to be a surf bum in Baja California, but that’s a completely different story!). It was something that happened over the course of the last 5 years. Beginning with my days in residential real estate, where I learned about self branding, marketing and social media. My quest for learning lead me to Social Media Club Chicago, where I became director of communications and was responsible for growing and managing our community which has grown from 300 to over 3000 in the last 3 years.
As I transitioned out of real estate, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I had the opportunity to work as Zaarly‘s Chicago Ambassordor last summer and had a meeting with Rachel Yeomans that started as an idea for a panel of speakers on community management, evolved into the Chicago Community Manager Group and then led me to form My Community Manager. (more details on the My Community Manager story here) And of course, but not least, begin discussion with Rachel and Andy about coming to work for Astek.
I still am actively involved with Social Media Club, am growing a community with My Community Manager and enjoy every day I get to work with Astek on community management for them and our clients as we continue to grow!

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