Independent writer and adviser. Master narrative & ghost-writer* for leaders trying to enact change. Apprentice parent to twins. Special knowledge of and interest in parenting, gender, education and the future of work. Please look through my portfolio to discover more about my work.
*ghost-writing for visionary leaders is more like midwifery.
I’m a writer/advisor with 25 years’ experience using the power of storytelling to help organizations and leaders bring about change.
Clients I’ve written for include American Express, Campbell’s, CARE USA, Coca-Cola, Girl Effect, Global Health Corps, Harambee Youth Employment Network, IBM, J&J, MasterCard, Oprah Winfrey and more. As a British-American who has split my life between London and New York, I’m familiar with the media and cultural context in both countries and currently based in London.
While much client work can't be posted in line with contractual obligations, I can request permission to share specific samples if required.
THE GIRL COMPENDIUM
Produced with SY/Partners, 2017
I was Editor and contributor for this book project co-sponsored by The Girl Effect (a non-profit underwritten by Nike Foundation that builds pro-girl brands and mobile platforms for young people of all genders). The compendium brought together powerful data, stories, images and essays to make a simple argument: changing the lens through which we see vulnerable girls leads to radically better life outcomes.
The Good Men Project, January 2018
As the me-too moment reached a crescendo at the "women wear black" Golden Globe Ceremony, media called out the inadequate response from Hollywood's men. This article took a wry but deadly serious look at how masculinity codes briefly trapped men in a version of the 'damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't' paradox with which their female co-stars are so familiar.
I partner with the leadership team at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a South-Africa based social enterprise that pioneers effective pathways into work for excluded youth. It's a story with relevance far beyond Africa, and my work focuses on framing and co-writing/ghost-writing Harambee's story for global awards, grants and general media coverage. Contact me for samples, or read the (non-confidential) linked article above.
Jean Luc Godard
“Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.”
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