Looking at my biggest fears casually laying on someone else’s coffee table (NYT Modern Love, June 2019)

Looking at my biggest fears casually laying on someone else’s coffee table (NYT Modern Love, June 2019)

I have loved writing since I tackled my first book — in third grade — about horses (spoiler alert! the girl and the pony become friends).

Now, I am writing a memoir that has taken me years to wrap my head around. This story is a doozy. It has been my honor to live it and a real challenge to open myself up enough to tell it. I can’t wait to share it with you.

I recently was honored to publish my first personal essay in the New York Times’ Modern Love column. Preparing My Family For Life Without Me is how I finally outed myself after 6 years living in relative silence (and yes, that is crazy).

I also wrote a monologue, Number 58, for Liars’ League in Portland. It was incredibly fun having drinks with friends while someone else performed my work. If you listen, you may think who is M.E.? Well, it’s me. This is when I was experimenting with putting myself “out there.”

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I did marketing for almost twenty years, eight of those were spent in China. When I had a consumer insights business in Shanghai, I wrote All Eyes East, Lessons from the Front Lines of Marketing to China’s Youth. The book was named a Top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by Expert Marketer magazine.

Selections from All Eyes East:

Chapter One Excerpt

Conclusion

 These are a few articles that I wrote during that time in my life:

CANVAS 8: House Gigs: The Music Industry Enters Your Living Room

ESOMAR: Consumer Pioneers: Understanding The Real Legacy of Chinese Youth

China Economic Review: Consumer Watchdogs Bite Back

CNBC: Chinese Culture and Generation Gap: What the West Is Missing

Ad Age China: Ten Trends Driving Sales in China’s Retail Industry