About Beth Wagner
It's about the words. Message matters.
The written and spoken word is and always has been my passion. It began when I was a child, and it was stoked further in high school when I started reading contemporary and classical literature. From diagramming sentences to participating in animated discussions about readings, and from writing papers to helping others write theirs, I knew words were for me.
In college I pursued an English degree - first at Miami University, then at the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in English (with a minor in natural science).
I began my writing career as a free-lance reporter for a community newspaper chain around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This quickly became permanent part-time and eventually full-time staff writer positions. As a community journalist, I covered a little bit of everything: municipal, county, and state government; preK-12 education; business and entrepreneurship; nonprofit and charitable organizations and activities; medicine; religion; and so on.
After more than seven years as a reporter, I became editor for specialty publications, working closely with the advertising and prepress/press staff on as many as 70 publications a year. It was in this role that I learned about graphics and graphic editing, layout and design, prepress and press functions, and especially managing multiple projects on sometimes very tight deadlines.
As a journalist and as a mother of two (brilliant, of course!) children, I discovered my deep-rooted respect for public education. I am a strong supporter of preK-12 public education; I believe it's the only way our society can ensure all have an equal chance in life.
I decided to take my writing and communications skills to the world of public education, serving as the communication/community engagement director for four school districts over the course of my career. I loved it. From photography to newsletter writing, and from website content management to districtwide message development and management, I'd found my niche.
I also worked for several years with a Boston nonprofit, supporting the development department; writing and managing multiple newsletters and annual reports; fostering relationships with the media; networking with local, state, and federal administrators and elected officials; and working agencywide on high-quality and consistent professional messaging.
In 2016, I decided to start my own communications consulting business. Almost the next day, my school district hired me back as a consultant to implement a districtwide comprehensive digital communications platform: new website, mass notification system, social media manager, and district mobile app. My communications vision for the district was coming true - I'd been lobbying for the platform for years, and I was very grateful that once the funds were identified they looked to me to manage the project.
After moving from Boston in 2017, I continued my consultant/free-lance work in the greater Philadelphia area. I've helped numerous small businesses and nonprofits with project-based communications work: new website content development, brochures, "elevator speech" development, messaging and branding, event promotion, professional social media presence development, and more.
For me, it's all about the words. Message matters.
Member, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Member & Advisor, Brandywine Business Network
Member & Co-Organizer, Queens of Prussia Ladies Networking Group
Member, Women's Independent Networking Group for Success
Member, Innovative Networking Professionals, Media