Exploring Art, Light, and People With A Thoughtful Photographer

When Ellie Thomson’s compelled by an emotion, she takes a photo.

Ellie is a student at Indiana University with a strong presence on Instagram and a passion for taking beautiful, clean photos that play with light. In addition to photography, Ellie enjoys keeping flowers, exploring farmer’s markets and appreciating thoughtful design.

This week, we’re thrilled to have Ellie takeover our Instagram feed and share photos from days in her life. In our interview, Ellie explains how she keeps a cohesive visual presence on Instagram (and why it’s important to do so), what she likes to photograph the most, and which contemporary “iphoneographers” inspire her.

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All About Fashion: Designers, Bloggers and Photographers

To celebrate fashion weeks around the world, we’re highlighting some of our favorite fashion bloggers, photographers and designers in our community.

Up first is Nigel Barker. Nigel is a fashion photographer, author, filmmaker and humanitarian. Nigel released his book, Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset The Course Of Fashion, this year.

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How One Founder’s Changing How We Think About Food

Although Naz Riahi doesn’t consider herself a “foodie,” she’s making waves in the food industry.

Together with her business partner, Emily Schildt (also interviewed on our blog), she co-founded Bitten, a food conference that focuses on food in the context of technology, pop culture and the environment.

Up until recently, conversations around food have been reserved for the food elite. Society’s changing, though, and Naz is helping spearhead that change. Naz believes conversations about food should be inclusive, attracting and engaging people from different backgrounds. Read on to learn where Naz thinks the future of food is headed, why she believes in a flexible work schedule, and how she gives back to communities in need.

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#campusLIVE with Author + Founder Jess Ekstrom

Want to know how you can make the most out of your college experience? Join us for the next #campusLIVE with author and founder, Jess Ekstrom.

Jess is the founder of Headbands of Hope and author of The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College. With Headbands of Hope, for every headband that’s sold, one is given to a child with cancer. Since 2012, Headbands of Hope has donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States.

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Tip #2 To Becoming A Powerful Active Listener

Today’s post is part 2 of a three part series on active listening written by Patrick Ewers, an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. Read up on his tip #1, in case you missed it.

Tip #2: Show them that you’re listening.

If you want to show a person that you’re truly listening to them, you have to keep your mind focused on the responses you’re getting. Be able to make it a game to truly understand what the person is actually saying.

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Passport to Canada

Welcome to Canada!

This week, we’re hoping over the border to take a peek into the lives of four professionals living in Canada. Hailing from Montreal and Toronto, Helen, Suresh, Karine and Anthony are sports-lovers, proud parents, digital marketers and professors.

Helen Adilia Arceyut-Frixione is a content creator and community builder with over 6 years of digital marketing experience. Helen lives in Montreal and has a keen understanding of what content and messaging “spreads,” or sticks to and resonates with people.

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Bloggers and Digital Marketers: Staff Picks

This week we explore the digital space through the eyes of talented marketers and bloggers.

From speaking to teaching to personal blogging, these community members not only possess the skills they need to be leaders in their field but are also dedicated to helping others. Although Michael, Amanda, Pete and Pam are at different junctures in their careers, they all share a love of communicating online and engaging with people.

Michael Tzortzakis, who heads off this post, is a trilingual (fluent in English, German and Greek) blogger living in Germany. Michael writes a powerful blog about his journey overcoming alcohol addiction that he embeds on his page.

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