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  Francesca Di Meglio
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Using the written word, I help families make memories and stick together. A relationships expert, I have written about marriage, sex, in-laws, date nights, and communication for numerous well-known magazines and Web sites. For more than a decade, I have honed my skills as an education reporter with an emphasis on business schools at prestigious publications, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, where I was part of the award-winning business school rankings team. And I've grown adept at covering small business tips, the moving industry, and on occasion women's health and parenting, too.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 16 Years
Reporter 16 Years
Writer 16 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 12 Years
Education 16 Years
Lifestyle 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
16 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
About.com (11+), Bloomberg BusinessWeek (11+), BusinessWeek.com (11+), ItaliansRus.com/La Voce (columnist) (11+), MBAPrograms.org (11+), Yodle (11+), Yahoo News (picked up BW stories) (6-10), MyMidwest (Midwest Airlines) (6-10), Bergen Health & Life magazine (6-10), Go Magazine (AirTran) (6-10), Health Monitor (3-5), Footwear News (3-5), Institutional Investor (1-2), The South Mag (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Hire A Helper (1-2)
Other Work History
I'm trained in public speaking and speak Italian fluently. I blog regularly about marriage and relationships and all things Italian. I have given speeches to groups of 200 or more. I can handle basic html functions to produce pages on Web sites. I have experience building community and creating a dialogue with readers through online forums, blogs, and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Computer Skills
Blogging and site building on WordPress, YouTube, iMovies, iTunes, AOL, Word, Excel, HTML, Windows XP, Mac, Explorer, Facebook, Twitter, Google and other search engines, PrintShop, InCopy (basics), Adobe Photo Shop (basics), Outlook
Equipment
MacBook; printer, scanner, and copier; iPhone; Kindle; audio recorder for office, Fuji digital camera, hand-held audio recorder; fax machine; webcam and microphone;
Foreign Language Skills
Italian
Work Permits & Visas
I'm married to an Italian, and I spend lots of time in southern Italy.
References
Available upon request
Awards
February 2009 Go Getter Award for About.com; 2008 National Magazine Award for Personal Service Online for BusinessWeek's Business School Channel; 2007 National Magazine Award for BusinessWeek's Business Schools Channel; 2008 National Magazine Award for Interactive Service Online for BusinessWeek's Business Schools Channel; 2006 MIN Best Online Community for BusinessWeek.com's Business Schools Channel; December 2005 BusinessWeek.com Breaking News Award; Phi Beta Kappa; Hatchet Best News Writer; Charles Puffenbarger Student Achievement Award; Gridiron Scholarship; Presidential Academic Scholarship; FLHS Journalism Achievement Award
Associations
The GW Hatchet Alumni Association, North American Travel Journalists Association
Other
Trained in public speaking; trained in blogging; consulted on book about getting into graduate business schools; wrote a book about family travel in New Jersey; translated book from Italian to English; edited and oversaw production of book about college newspaper; contributed reporting and writing to McGraw-Hill books on graduate business schools and the GMAT; B.A. in journalism from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Books  
(Globe Pequot Press, 5/15/2012)
This book offers suggestions to parents on how to pass time with their children when visiting the great state of New Jersey. It features ideas about where to go, where to stay, and where to eat in every state county.
(85 Broads , 12/10/2011)
Admitted is a witty and accessible interactive guide to the entire MBA application process. Along with helpful tips and stories about successful applicants, Admitted breaks down the application journey from beginning to end. The heart of the book is its exploration of the leadership essays and helps
Business  
(Yodle, 3/11/2015)
If you've been in business for a while, you might think you're done branding your business-but you'd be wrong. You may have a good foundation in place, but if you want to stay relevant and keep customers coming your way, your brand needs continuous attention.
(Yodle, 1/23/2015)
Email is the underdog among marketing tools. Businesses often don't realize the value of building an email list and leveraging it to drive sales. What's great about email lists is they put an entire group of people who are interested in your business right at your fingertips. That's really...
(MBAPrograms.org, 7/3/2014)
Here are five things you should never ever say to a venture capitalist -- unless, of course, you don't really want their money.
(MBAPrograms.org, 6/9/2014)
While many of today's MBA students grew up on the Internet, they don't know how to employ marketing tactics on platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. Find out how business schools are trying to address this...
(MBAPrograms.org, 6/9/2014)
While many of today's MBA students grew up on the Internet, they don't know how to employ marketing tactics on platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. Find out how business schools are trying to address this...
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/1/2013)
MBA students may soon have a chance to learn the ins and outs of fighting corruption.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 9/26/2013)
Design has been a part of the business school curriculum for years now, although you'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of that.
(Bloomberg, 7/31/2013)
An MBA from Harvard Business School may have lost a bit of its shine -- about $5,000 worth.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/30/2013)
Social media can unlock many secrets about consumers, and business schools have caught on. More professors are incorporating social media data in marketing courses to help students better understand consumers and branding.
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/18/2013)
Quick: How many business majors in the U.S. do you think have as their No. 1 career priority work-life balance? Twenty percent? Forty percent? Try 61 percent.
Weddings and Marriage  
(About.com, 2/10/2015)
The truth is that we're all going to face tough times at some point, and the strength of your marriage and even your character will be tested. For some of us, the challenge will surface in the form of a grave illness, either our own or our partner's.
(About.com, 11/1/2014)
The magic question in just about every marriage is "How often should you be having sex?" The answer is far more complicated than a mere number. Find out more here...
(About.com, 7/1/2014)
Here are some rituals of real couples that might inspire you to spend more time with your spouse, so that you can create such habits and memories.
(About.com, 10/1/2013)
If you want to know if you're damaging your marriage, grab a pen and paper and take this quiz.
(About.com, 9/1/2013)
One spouse had an emotional affair via Facebook with an ex real-life girlfriend.
(About.com, 7/1/2013)
Here are the signs of post-bridal stress disorder
(About.com, 6/1/2013)
Here, you can check out photos of sample thank you cards and find out about these special ways newlyweds are saying thank you
Travel  
(ItaliansRus, 9/15/2014)
ust because you are the parent of a young child (or children) does not mean that trips to exotic islands in Italy are off limits when planning a family vacation. You just have to rethink how you spend your days in such a place. Find out here...
(Institutional Investor, 2/1/2014)
Affluent business travelers are driving market growth in the hospitality industry, and hotels are responding in kind
Family   
(Italian Mamma, 4/2/2015)
What makes a life? In the end, we will not be measured by the weight of gold we've stashed under the mattress or even our career or lack thereof. Rather, we will be judged by the number of people whose lives we've touched, the love we've shared, the family we've built, and the memories we've made.