NEPA BlogConThere are a lot of cool things happening in NEPA in the next few months and I’m thankful to be a part of several events that are sure to knock your socks off.

NEPA BlogCon: I am SO SO SO SO SO excited to be working with a group of smart, funny, and tech-savvy women from NEPA on this event. We call ourselves the Fearsome Foursome and we are: @mandyboyle @karla_porter @mhyrvnak and @darlingstewie. In a nutshell (pun intended), we squirrelly girls are putting together the 570’s first blogging conference. It’ll be held on September 29 at LCCC with all proceeds going to benefit the NEPA Multicare Alliance and the Arc of Luzerne County. Stay tuned for more updates as we ramp up for our site launch and other schweet shindigs. You can learn more and sign up for updates at It’s going to be HOT.

Scranton StorySlam: A few months back, I had the pleasure of attending Scranton’s first StorySlam. The only way I can describe this event is pure energy. Each performer (there’ll be 10 total) will have five minutes to tell a true story from memory, centered around a theme (the upcoming slam theme is “dirty laundry”). The best story, as determined by a panel of judges, wins. ¬†This next Scranton StorySlam will be on June 30 at The Banshee in Downtown Scranton and I’m honored to be on the storytelling roster.

Pecha Kucha Night Scranton: Back in January, the Electric City welcomed Brad Peniston and his brother on their annual trip to somewhere interesting. But they brought something special with them: Pecha Kucha. It’s a show-and-tell format for the 21st century where presenters get exactly six minutes and 40 seconds to tell their story in a speed presenting format. You get 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide. It’s intense, but a heck of a lot of fun. Brad passed the torch of Pecha Kucha Night Scranton onto Brent and I, so we’re gearing up for the next one in July.

I’m also cooking up a new site/blog/venture idea. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for awhile, but recent events (and the advice of an AH-MAZING entrepreneur) has lit a fire under my ass. I’m ready to roll. Stay tuned.

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