The theme for our next round of Mod meetings is Communications; something we wouldn't be successful in without the support of dedicated volunteers like our Director of Social Media, Josephine Wood. Her expertise and energy ensure you always know what's going on. This month, we wanted to introduce you to the woman behind the wow.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN SOCIAL MEDIA?
My senior year in college I took a Public Relations internship at a company that was just starting to enter the social media arena. Since I was the new kid and they didn't really know what to do with their social media, they handed it over to me. At first, I resisted thinking about it as a long-term career path. I thought it might be just another fad. But my time there made me realize how important social media is for businesses today. I took pride in helping businesses reach their local communities. It's all grown from there.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A WORK/LIFE BALANCE?
As a freelancer I feel lucky to be largely in control of my work/life balance. But at the same time, work is ever present. To keep the balance, I get up early and work at my most productive time and then allow myself time in the afternoon, when I’m usually in a brain fog, to stray from my desk and go on a walk or weed the garden. Aligning the natural flow of my mental clarity with my work day is essential to my well-being.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE CHALLENGING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE?
Unintentional biases. Blatant misogyny is slowly becoming completely unacceptable in the workplace, but those ingrained stereotypes of women as secretaries and others are still present. Working to eliminate these unintentional ingrained biases is something we as a society need to tackle. Oh yes, and the fact that a pay gap still exists between the sexes and it’s 2016.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF PROFESSIONAL OR PERSONAL ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN BY SOMEONE ELSE?
Think about the value you will contribute to the business, not just what it will contribute to you when prepping for an interview.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT NASHVILLE?
There’s a really good energy in the city right now. The freelance culture that has emerged is supportive and synergistic while bringing a lot of new skills to the city. Coffee shop co-working is the way of the freelance future in this town and I love the fact that I can jump from shop to shop and meet with musicians, restaurateurs, designers and leather workers all in one afternoon. I also appreciate the parks in Nashville. Our greenways are beautiful and I like the fact that you can feel way beyond the city when you’re 30 minutes outside of town. Shelby Park is what keeps me sane on a day-to-day basis.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT (EITHER PROFESSIONALLY OR PERSONALLY)?
Traveling by myself this year. I love the mountains so my first solo will be to Burlington, Vermont. I'm also looking forward to seeing Beyoncé, live. She's my go to whenever I need a confidence boost. She's a badass woman who knows what she wants and goes out and gets it. I love that.
WHAT ARE THREE THINGS WE WOULDN’T GUESS TO BE TRUE ABOUT YOU?
I’ve eaten ribs with the Barenaked Ladies.
I grew quinoa in my garden last year.
I used to help book a fantastic music festival in North Carolina called MerleFest.
CONNECT WITH JOSEPHINE
Josephine Wood is a digital marketing professional who has experience working for local businesses, while dabbling in publicity for local artists. A graduate of Appalachian State University and an Alabama native, Josephine moved to Nashville in fall of 2014. She currently conducts social media and digital marketing for The Post East, Goozy Dessert Bar, Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Nashville Public Library. Josephine is an amateur cook, an ardent gardener and professional cat photographer (See: @Nash_cats). You can also find her online here.
Tammy Hart is a strategic marketing consultant specializing in content development for small business growth.She enjoys exploring new ideas, sharing adventures and finding out what makes each person unique. In her spare time she can be found at a football game or a fashion show.