I love creating projects that are able to infuse creativity, project management, and togetherness. Throughout my more than 15+ years in higher education and beyond, I have had the opportunity to work on projects that encapsulate collaboration at its finest. You'll find below a listing of projects that I conceptualized.
In order to help those in need, as well as provide "real world" opportunities for students, I created, programmed, and managed the event which benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Columbia College Chicago students were able to get experience in the following areas: performing, live sound, marketing, event programming, hosting, and video production. Co-sponsored by WCRX-FM, the Career Center at Columbia College Chicago, Student organizations, and the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department.
As Project Manager and Producer, this festival was co-sponsored by the City of Chicago (DCASE), as well Columbia College Chicago. As part of the city's "Year of Music," this outdoor event featured an array of musical genres, as well as an industry panel.
As Project Manager and Co-producer, this 9-track album featured original compositions by a myriad of different artists all in the name of assisting Chicago nonprofit Haven Studios. This collaborative effort generated 150,000 combined streams.
In March of 2020, as the world changed due to COVID-19, Columbia College Chicago students needed to be supported and engaged in a virtual project that would enable them to not only record songs from the Public Domain, but have all proceeds help those in need by donating all streaming sales to MusiCares, an international nonprofit founded by the Recording Academy. I was Creative Director and Producer for the album.
From the success of Volume I, came Volume II, with a mix of new artists and producers covering songs from the Public Domain. As with Volume I, all proceeds benefitted MusiCares. I was the Creative Director and Producer for the album.
A passion that came to life for me was being able to produce the debut video from the "Humanity is the Genre"project, "Watch Them Go," by the Chicago-based alternative rock band, Blaqrock. Seeing my idea for the video come to life and the support it received online helped make the project garner more than 100,000 streams combined.
In 2016, I created this yearly event which is focused on bringing back recent alums from the previous semester's graduating class and having them speak to current students about how they obtained a full-time job in the industry and some of the paths they took as students, as well as taking questions from students about their experiences at Columbia College Chicago.
I created, programmed, and scheduled a yearly conference which featured more than 30 industry panels. workshops, musical performances, and a keynote address. This gave high school and college students the opportunity to network with industry professionals while also being able to assist at the event as volunteers.