I began my writing and marketing career in 1993 for Taw Caw Little League, a community organization managed by my father at the time. At a young age, I learned the importance of well-written brochures, newsletters, and programs as well as the many challenges of running a fundraising concession stand.
But the unlimited supply of candy made it all worthwhile.
My childhood exposure to community development grew into an adult love of community service. As a young adult, I spent multiple years involved in full time community service through both Xavier University’s United Way Service Fellows program and National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps. During these times, I worked with young children and teens as an educator on literacy, sexual health, and HIV prevention.
Helping others through communication was quickly becoming my passion.
For the early part of my career, I focused on educating others about technology and the Internet. This translated into a roughly 15 year career in technology sales support for companies such as Dell, Microsoft and Amazon.
I’ve always loved writing. I published my first work at 14 years old, the first of hundreds of poems. I continued writing throughout college, eventually landing a contributing writer position with The Charlotte Post Newspaper.
Prepared only with my love of communication and dedication to my community, I focused on crafting uplifting profile pieces about local businesses and organizations for feature in the paper. The highlight of my journalism career was my contribution to the Charlotte Post’s front page feature of the 9/11 attacks where I shared the byline with staff reporters.
Academics have always been ‘my thing’. In addition to being a National Merit commended student in high school; I was also sought out by prestigious universities such as Florida A& M and West Point.
I later decided on Xavier University and transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill where I received a journalism scholarship and later received a Bachelor of Arts. I am also associated with Xavier University’s Women of Excellence, a professional networking organization of Xavier alumni.
Although active on the Internet since 1997, I first began working online in 2002 for Dell Computers. I was responsible for teaching people how to shop online, and it was a job I took very seriously.
Upon graduation, I was hired by Microsoft, at the dawn of the Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing boom. I completed three Microsoft certifications within a few months, vastly increasing my technical aptitude and sales skills.
In 2010, I began leveraging the internet for projects that combined my journalism, customer service, and sales background. During that time, I completed writing projects for a variety of internet marketing firms as well as established websites such as Avvo.com and Groupon. I also worked part-time for Amazon.com as a virtual customer service agent.
I’d built a career off of the internet, and was now ready to build my own business.
I left Amazon in 2014 to build my business full time. A few months later, I founded Jenn Marie Writing & Marketing, LLC with a team of four freelancers. Since then, we have scaled up and down to meet client demand for content writing, blog posting, and social media management services.