Twitterview with Nicole de Beaufort
@NicoledeB – Hi Joel, got my coffee. Thanks for having me.
Q – #1 So @NicoledeB, a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up and where did you go to school?
A: I’m from Reston, VA – went to HS there b4 going to @WilliamsCollege in #Massachusetts, majored in Anthropology
@JoelECarlson – LOL – I meant cup o’ Joe, not cup o’ Joel. :D
@NicoledeB – It’s kind of catchy, tho #cupojoel
perhaps you read Cup of Jo? great blog, but not one I’d see you poring over http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/
Q – #2 Anthropology?! Interesting. What made you choose that as a major? What was your 1st job after college?
A: anthropology studies human relationships & culture – one I got past the 101 class, I became entranced by it.
post-college, thought about law school & was paralegal but it wasn’t for me. Soon got into #marketing & public issues
Q – #3 So what led you to the kind of work that you do now? To what degree is social media used with your work?
A: technically, 1st job, paralagel, but really had 3 jobs, asst dir of nonprofit, mktg consultant & worked @ #foundation
working w/mentor Patricia Barr who was national policy advocate & philanthropist inspired me to get into social change
social media is hugely important @wk_kellogg_fdn for interacting w/people on the ground doing the work we do
I’m lucky 2 work w/great team who are social media savvy & curious & full of ideas & pushing always @wk_kellogg_fdn
Q – #4 Great! @NicoledeB, would you explain what @wk_kellogg_fdn is and what it does?
A: @wk_kellogg_fdn is a #foundation & makes grants to #nonprofits in areas of #healthykids #educatedkids #securefamilies
@wk_kellogg_fdn focuses support on improving conditions 4 vulnerable children 0-8 nationwide & in #MI #NM #MS #NOLA
@wk_kellogg_fdn has made #race a huge part of its work – meaning: healing #racism – that’s big.
here’s a great ground level view of our work @wk_kellogg_fdn http://annualreport.wkkf.org/ #jectv
Q – #5 I see. Now you have a good Social Media following in MN. How has that developed?
A: I lived in #MN until last Sept. I moved to take this job in #MI. Minnesota will always feel like home to me.
Q – #6 Cool! Now for @NicoledeB’s FAVORITES: Restaurant, store, winter activity, comfort food and recent book.
A: OK, favorites… @JoelECarlson, you asked… I’m a caffeine addict, so wherever I travel I seek #coffee, particularly #intelligentsia
@bluebottlecoffee, @peacecoffee & @stumptown also get the high 5 from me in the fave #coffee dept
great online store: @ofakind – ltd editions neat stuff. Featured MN girl now in LA Clare Vivier recently (love her)
comfort food – gack, let me preface this w/I’m on day 7 of P90X & I work out like a fiend – mac&cheese w/bacon!
I’d say my fave year-round activity is travel. Hands down. New places (treasured familiar places, too), food, people!
As for recent books, too many! But I’ll rec. kid’s book on financial literacy I heard of today: http://amzn.to/hlig6C
Q – #7 @NicoledeB, what are some of cities that you’ve been to in your recent travels? Do you have any other hobbies?
A: just spent wknd in Chicago. Recently in Miami, LA, SF, NYC. Got to see Alaska 1st time this fall – awesome.
I like art – from checking out little galleries to Art Basel Miami #abmb; I geek out to anything mid-century modern
I’m an avid iPhone photog. Instagram & hipstamatic, natch. My flickr collection is out of control. Just for fun.
Q – #8 @NicoledeB Which iPhone do you have? Are you going to switch to Verizon?
A: here’s flickr stream http://bit.ly/gz8R5m if anyone’s curious. I have iPhone 4, prolly won’t switch unless to android
Q – #9 To close, what advice would you give to people interested in getting involved with the kind of work that you do?
A: interested in #philanthropy: pick something you are willing to go deep & wide in (issue area/etc) & find HOW you fit
#nonprofits and #philanthropy always can use #financial capacity. Being able to tell great stories also important.
working on social change is hard; problems not always evident. Creative, persistent, curious people welcome!
whoops, I meant solutions to problems not always evident.
@JoelECarlson – Thanks @NicoledeB for sharing some of your life, comments and time today! :) Where does your traveling take you to next?
@NicoledeB – thank you, it was fun. Next stop is Austin for #SxSw unless I feel like a spur of the moment trip in between!