Futurist. Storyteller. Change Agent. Educator. Transformation Architect. Publisher. Collector of Shoes. Tummler. I am a global nomad with a Latin American heritage. My surname, Rodriguez is the link to all things Puerto Rican thanks to my late father. I've lived in cities including Washington DC, Rochester New York, Miami Florida, and Los Angeles, California. I presently reside in Australia. Today, I consider myself a "citizen of the world" and is best known online through my persona, Digitalgodess.
I am sometimes someone's wife and a pet owner. I'm forever a working mother and employer. I'm passionate about quality experiences and strive to have a few every day in both my personal and professional spheres. My online presence transcends my profession and the work of my firm, Mighty Media Group, with a true reach of over 500,000 and a networked audience of 4M. As the Mighty Media Group roots are deeply entwined with the digital web, social media convergence and lifestyle content in rich media formats, at the end of the day I considers myself a storyteller, conversation facilitator and social anthropologist. People hire me to help them solve complex business problems and uncover opportunities and I am humbled to work with companies, brands and people that I truly love and respect.
My professional legacy includes influencing and creating some of the Australia's first websites for the Australian government in 1997 and spans through the dot com boom and a stint with Boson-based CMGI. As the digital market recovered from the 2000 landslide, the internet and I 'broke up' and I shifted into print media and content creation through the licensing and assembling of Ocean Drive Australia - a franchise from SoBe News Inc (now Greenspun Media) as Editor In Chief, Publisher and 62% major shareholder. Ocean Drive Australia became the first national glossy lifestyle magazine in Australia. In 2004, myself and the board decided they would not renew the licensing agreement and out of necessity I formed Mighty Media Group as a transfer of publishing knowledge into a custom content agency. In 2005 my team were responsible for creating the first magazine for Italian mega-brand Pirelli, titled Imago, and identifying and creating custom magazine "big idea" framework for Myer Australia, Fitness First, Stamford Hotels, and Bunnings retailers.
The year 2004 also heralded a launch of Feast2Feed.org, a grassroots online community created to work in tandem with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org and the Telefood projects. It's legacy touts funding much needed farms in Cambodia in support of the Sunrise Children's Villages and supporting relief endeavours with local NGOs in response to the Tsunami that impacted Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
In addition to publishing over 300 articles and interviews to my bi-line credit, I am fortunate to be a frequently sought after public speaker with keynotes over the past five years for Miller Heiman, CeBIT, Teradata, National Women's Day, TFWA (Tax Free World Association), ACI - Airports Council International, The Moodie Report and others. I engage and inspire my audiences on The Future of Social Media, Marketing, and the importance of the personal brand in today's open social economy. If you are looking for a speaker to educate and inspire, a workshop on Social Media Marketing Practice, or a dynamic speaker on the topic of "The Importance of Social Capital", "Using Social Networks for Social Good", "Social Media 101 - Facilitation for Small Business", or case studies on current projects please email me at stephenie rodriguez @ gmail dot come with no spaces, or send me a message on Twitter.
Today, I am an avid business blogger on topics that interest me -- some are shared here and others on the Mighty Media Group website. In my day to day, my team and I create elegant communities, social media architecture, social shopper strategies and manage social media activities for many large brands and businesses. The activities, opinions and ideas contained herein are strictly personal in nature.