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RESUME

Strengths
  • Marketing Strategy

  • Design Thinking

  • Sales and Business Development

  • Social Media Campaigns

  • Community Building

  • Relationship Building Between All Partners in the Creative and Business Process

  • Collaborating Across Teams

  • Project Management Under Tight Deadlines & Budgets

  • Concepting, Launching & Managing Media Strategy

  • Designing Strategies around Delivering and Tracking Results

               

Career
One River School of Art + Design - Director • Evanston, IL  • November 2018 to Present

My work as the Director of this innovative arts education startup in Evanston, is an ideal weaving of my talents and interests.

  • Create marketplace awareness and excitement for arts education programming 

  • Build a culture of fun for students, staff and teachers around Art Making

  • Curate and sell Chicagoland emerging artist's works in storefront gallery

  • Website: evanston.oneriverschool.com

Hackstudio - Engagement Director • Evanston, IL  • June 2015 - June 2018
  • Created excitement and community for experiential learning startup thru events, digital advertising and branding campaigns and experiences for the curious

  • Promoted and hosted Open House nights with museum-like exhibit of projects

  • Work with staff and attendees to develop individualized content to showcase their experiences at Hackstudio

  • Website: Hackstudio.com

 

Evanston Magazine - Editor-at-Large • Evanston, IL • May 2016 - Jan. 2018
  • Consulted on editorial during launch of city lifestyle publication

  • Developed cover and feature story ideas

  • Shared magazine story with citizens, small business owners to increase brand awareness on social media

 

Evanston Made - Founder • Evanston, IL • June 2013 - Present
  • Launch community arts initiative to create awareness and appreciation for Evanston’s creatives

  • Cultivate community partners (civic & private) like Evanston Art Center, Evanston Arts Council & AnoMalY

  • Create board of volunteers to focus on sustaining the initiative and transition to 501c3 status

  • Website: evanstonmade.com

 

1100 Florence - Founder & Curator • Evanston, IL • Jan. 2017 - Present
  • Launch live/work space for artists and creatives in former Polish Meat Shop

  • Collaborate with artists to raise awareness for Evanston artists by hosting art exhibits, artist talks & pop up shops

  • Collaborate with small business owners to host neighborhood walking tours

  • Website: 1100florence.com

 

Acquirent Sales Force - Operations Manager • Evanston, IL • Sept. 2013 - May 2015
  • Managed onboarding and training for new teammates

  • Coordinated and managed internal communications

  • Worked with leadership team to cultivate healthy & happy workplace culture

  • Collaborated with community organizations to produce company Pancake Friday fundraisers, part of overall workplace wellness development strategy to increase community engagement with staff.

 

Illinois Institute of Technology - Projects Manager • Chicago, IL • Oct. 2011 - Aug. 2013
  • Project managed communications deadlines for Fueling Innovation capital campaign across print, digital and promotional collateral

  • Collaborated with  creative, alumni, events and development teams to bring communications and events projects in on time and under budget

 

The Lisa D Show Podcast - Producer & Host • Evanston, IL • Jan. 2017 - Present
  • More than 80 episodes recorded since launch

  • Produce and host podcast interviewing Evanston creatives

  • Collaborate with organizations to market events & initiatives

  • Podcast: soundcloud.com/lisa-degliantoni


 

Board Experience

Co-Chair, Evanston Arts Council

Board Member, Young Evanston Artists

Board Member, Art Encounter

                   

Education           

San Diego State University, B.A. in English, 1995

 

References           

Molly Miller, Facebook, mollz.miller@gmail.com

Justine Jentes, Exelon, 2011justinej@gmail.com

Paula Danoff, Evanston Art Center, pdanoff@evanstonartcenter.org