Interview with Roisin McGlynn

Roisin is super impassioned about her new consulting company, Storyboard Communications LLC, her new twins, and having a "choose your own adventure" feeling to the day.

~Q: Who are you? Introduce yourself as you would at a dinner party.

A: I'm Roisin McGlynn. That's pronounced ROsheen. It's Irish and it means "Rose". Phew. Now that's out of the way, I've been living in Seattle for 10 years after moving here from Toronto. I also used to live in Montreal, New Jersey and Sligo, Ireland. I'm married and have twin toddlers and I've just started my own marketing consulting company. I'm so excited about these new transitions and my regular yoga practice keeps me really sane through it all.

Q: What is your background? How does it differ from what you are doing now?

A: I guess my background has all been routed in Communications, starting with my first job out of college at a nonprofit photography fine arts organization in New York City, then to a small PR and Corporate Communications firm in Toronto and then onto Product Marketing at Microsoft for Xbox for 10 years.

Q: What are you working on right now?

A: I’ve just started my own marketing consulting company called Storyboard Communications LLC. My goal is to work with clients in the social enterprise and nonprofit space as well as with innovative, focused for profit compaies. Right now, I'm working with Timeraiser, a well known nonprofit in Canada, on their 2015 Strategic Marketing plan as well as investigating the feasibility of bringing their Millenial Civic Engagement model to Seattle. I'm also gearing up with another client in the console and gaming space. Their product is not yet announced, otherwise I'd love to tell you more. And I'm currently volunteering with 501 Commons and United Way on their Volunteer Impact Partnership 360 program.

Q: Why did you join Impact Hub?

A: I joined Impact Hub to make new connections and get a better understanding of what is really driving change in Seattle and who is behind it. After spending 10 years at Microsoft, the time I spent on building my network outside the company was limited, so I feel like I'm playing catch-up. It's been really educational and eye opening and inspiring to be in this space and part of this community.

Q: How do you make money?

A: Consulting is starting to help pay the bills, but I'm still in "start-up" mode, so definitely relying on my hubby's regular gig!

Q: What is something that really excites you right now (a trend, life development, time of year, food, etc.)?

A: I love the idea of getting up in the morning and having a "choose your own adventure" feeling to the day. On days when I have childcare, this means wondering if I'll shower before or after my first conference call of the day. On days when I don't have childcare, this means wondering if I'll have time to shower at all. Seriously, I love the unpredictability of my life right now.

Q: You have $10M to spend in the next year, and you can’t spend it on you, your friends or your family. How do you spend it?

A: Oooh. So hard. I would probably spend it on a few (1 or 2) nonprofit organizations who are working to challenge the overt and completely damaging racial and religious stereotyping happening in the US and globally by focusing on educaion and empowerment through digital literacy. I'm particularly interested in outcomes that allow the next generatioin to step forward with confidence and support from their own communities to effect meaningful change.

Q: What’s on the horizon for you (a new project, career path, personal development)?

A: Definitely the career path is front and center but all of this has only been possible because of the personal development journey I've been on the past few years. For me, having children has really reset the bar for what I want to accomplish.

Q: Where do you usually hang out when you are at Impact Hub? How often are you here?

A: I'm there once a month and I'm usually upstairs by the kitchen...close to the free coffee and snacks.

Q: What is something we don’t know? (Either about you, or something else)

A: I'm a twin. I have twins. I have twin cousins. I have twin aunts.

Q: Give us your top three Seattle gems!

A: 1) Storyville Coffee on Queen Anne or at Pike Place Market has the BEST baked goods to go with your latte.

     2) I can't get enough of Tray in Fremont. Their 'a la carte' style, paired with informal dining and Pan-Asian style food is incredible. I dream of those Korean BBQ ribs.

     3) Liz Doyle and Jennifer Isaacson are two of the best yoga teachers in Seattle. Liz's studio is really close to Impact Hub, and Jen teaches in a few places around town ans hosts amazing yoga retreats on Whidby Island, in Yelapa, Mexico, and in an ashram in Bali, Indonesia that is modeled after Ghandi's principles.



Contact Roisin at [email protected] .