We are all called to make a positive difference: many ignore it, others postpone it and a few embrace it. Most of us have done each. Angela is a producer, author and speaker who believes that we are good for what we do, recognizing doing nothing as an action. When we die, tomorrow's appointment will not matter. What will? Who we loved, how we loved them and what difference we made for good, for God.
"The best way to shape the story of your life is to design it purposefully, just as you have been purposefully designed."
Raised by a thoughtful Art & English teacher and a kind and brilliant man (who teaches rocket scientists), Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Applied Science concentration. In other words, she likes problem solving. She has always had a heart for children and appreciation for art and technology.
Springing from a love of art, Angela went to lengths to merge art and science into a career. In college, she began a sourcing company to "support a computer graphics habit," and then founded a design company that specialized in creating marketing materials for clients like Delta Airlines and Equifax. Fortunately, her first office was sub-leased from a print shop. Reselling printing became part of the business. A healthy foundation in the production of traditional sales and marketing materials mixed with a natural love for learning served as a springboard, with a little help from a friend, Ron Phillips, CEO of Digital Radiance, Inc.
When Reuters America prepared to launch their iconic Times Square sign, with New York designers ESI Design, they turned to Digital Radiance to bring it to life. Ron Philips provided crucial software support to orchestrate and synchronize eleven massive LED screens into one enormous virtual display. Many have experienced these displays transform news down to street-level headlines for broadcast around the world.
Ron showed Angela the first Silicon Graphics machine to come to the Southeast and let her dive in. Art came to life! With design and programming, art and technology fused helps entertain and educate. Delivering interactive multimedia broadened Angela's service offerings. By 1996, her productions were commonly “hybrid,” meaning that they were delivered with aspects online, on compact disc and as hardcopy.
After a discussion with Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring Enterprises, in 1997 Angela became a Director in an Atlanta-based company Charles recommended. This "new breed" of agency focused on the production of interactive multimedia for Fortune 500 clients, including e-learning, web sites and other multimedia productions. Still keen on helping youth, Angela supervised the production of a student career counseling web site sponsored by the National Guard that aided millions of students nationally. She went on to lead the design and production of roughly 100 e-learning web sites for the media company Knight Ridder. Between 2000-2003, Angela learned first-hand what consecutive 80-110 hour work weeks are like, routinely staying in the office from before dawn to way past nightfall. While eventually leaving that VP position to venture out on her own again, she decided to set healthy boundaries and be more balanced with the allocation of her resources, especially time.
One day, Claus Nobel of the Nobel Peace prize family (grandson of Ludvig Nobel and grand nephew to Alfred Nobel) honored Angela with a visit. She got to witness his passion about environmental education first-hand. It was a highlight to meet someone so connected and refined, plus to eventually create e-learning prototypes for a cause close to his heart.
Accepting more speaking engagements, Angela became increasingly active in the community while serving on expert panels, advisory boards and committees. The more she spoke at conferences, the more she came to understand relating with, helping and learning from professionals at every level within organizations -–spanning multiple industries.
In 2003, Angela relocated to the Washington, DC area in order to focus on the production of high-profile interactive exhibits for museums. Producing for children of all ages, Angela consulted on various Smithsonian initiatives. However, her favorite effort involved creating interactives for the flagship U-505 Submarine exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago --an exhibit that has enjoyed over 100 million visitors since opening indoors. Another notable effort, produced for DEA Demand Reduction to teach teens about the effects of drug abuse, received national news coverage and political mention. It is beautiful to see the influence interactive experiences (in this case exhibits and online presentations) can have on lives, especially youth.
Moved by results and with a burning desire to vividly see more young lives changed for the better, Angela became a mentor for Northern Virginia Family Services, part of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force initiative. Increasingly, she began speaking out about challenging life and spiritual topics, mentoring and volunteering. Her audience changed from business people to families, young adults and children. While Angela is no longer an active volunteer with NVFS, she remains an Alumni Mentor with Space of Her Own, a non-profit whose mission is "to provide girls in need with social, emotional, academic and creative enrichment... to reach underprivileged girls in local communities and prevent juvenile criminal involvement."
Now, as a producer, speaker and author, Angela takes interactivity to the next level by helping "God's cherished interacitves, young people" to design and live their story. They too have the power to create experiences for themselves and others --to be positive influences, rise to challenges, do so effectively and live a balanced life that includes plenty of time for faith and fun!