Merry Marwig is a strategic thinker with success in global business, non-profit, & government sectors.Merry Marwig has several years of experience in the non-profit, government, and global business sectors. Most recently, she worked for a global trade association in the hospitality technology industry planning conferences, meetings, and events and managing membership. Prior to that, Merry lead the outreach and events for the European Union Center in Illinois, teaching Midwestern Americans about the EU through programs and seminars about business, culture, and politics in the EU. As an intern for the United States Department of State, Merry worked at the US Consulate General Frankfurt, Germany conducting and conducted political and economic research and event planning.
Merry earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and studied internationally at the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin. She earned her master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the Civic Leadership Fellowship.
In her free time, Merry enjoys traveling, dancing salsa, and is a violinist in the Harper Symphony Orchestra.
Learn more about the TEW Editor: Rhonda E. Alexander
Rhonda E. Alexander is an up and coming writer whose time has finally come. After working in corporate America for 17 years, she took the plunge and decided the time had come for her to step out on faith and work to make her dreams come true.
Rhonda was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago with dreams of moving to the big apple and becoming an actress. After years of writing skits, plays and short stories, she finally accepted that she enjoyed creating stories more than acting them out, and changed her focus to writing.
Along the way, she would fight the urge to write, putting it in the category of a hobby or just something she turned to when she just wanted to release stress or frustration.
Rhonda remembers her journey with writing began after one of her older cousins shared with her, an assignment she had been given in school. Her cousin was in junior high and had been assigned the task of writing a play. Wanting to be like the “older kids,” Rhonda decided she would write a play too, in preparation of being in junior high the very next year with her cousin.
However, when it was time for her to go across the street to attend junior high, the school closed down. She was crushed, but by that time, she had been writing plays for a year and it was exciting to write a story that lasted for 30 pages or more, so she continued to do it.
Throughout her life, that tug of war between acting, writing and getting a “real job” continued to play out in various ways. Writing “her little plays,” as she often referred to them, became somewhat of a release for the emotions she kept bottled inside. She was latchkey kid-through and through-with a lot of time on her hands and as her life progressed, she would live vicariously through those “little plays.”
After another of her many cousins advised her that it was never too late to pursue her dreams, she went for it. She went back to school after a nine-year hiatus and hasn’t stopped educating herself on the principles and tenets of good journalistic practices and great writing style since.
Her latest achievements, graduating with two master’s degrees (M.A. Journalism and M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies – focus on Creative Writing and Marketing) and legalizing her freelance writing business, Quintessential Writing Services, have helped her cement her status in the media industry as a force that won’t quit.
Contributing health-oriented articles to news organizations around town such as, The Sun-Times Media Group, Naperville Sun and The Beacon-News, Rhonda is well on her way to establishing the platform she envisioned for herself as a writer.
However, if you need her, she’s just a phone call, email or Facebook post away.
The Entrepreneur Within ~ Book Release Coming 10.28.2012 welcomes Cherie’s Avon Store, our first **VIP SPONSOR** to the TEW Launch Line-Up!
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