Julie Schlack

Consumer Insights and Technology Consultant at C Space

Boston, MA

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Literary and freelance writer and mostly-but-not-entirely-retired consumer insights/innovation specialist. I am an author and teacher. My memoir in essays, "This All-at-Onceness," is available from Pact Press and on Amazon, and my novel, "Burning and Dodging," will be available from Black Rose Writing (and Amazon) in December, 2021. My business-related articles have appeared in The Harvard Business Review Online, Mashable, Marketing Week, Media Post, and other publications. I have published essays and short fiction in numerous literary journals, including Shenandoah, The Writer's Chronicle, Ninth Letter, The Tampa Review, and others. I am a former book reviewer for The Boston Globe and am a regular contributor to NPR station WBUR's journal of ideas and opinions, Cognoscenti. Links to most of my publications can be found at www.juliewittesschlack.com In a teaching capacity, I taught expository and memoir writing at Mt. Ida College, book reviewing and OpEd Writing in Lesley University's MFA program, have served as a Coach for The Memoir Project (coaching senior citizens in Boston neighborhoods in memoir writing), and taught Mindfulness and Memoir at Brookline's Center for Adult and Continuing Education. But I remain involved in consumer insights and technology innovation. I am a founder of C Space (formerly Communispace) Corporation and have helped to lead it from a ten-person start-up to an $85 million company employing nearly 500 people around the world. At C Space I research new trends and technologies and apply them towards enhancing collaboration between companies and consumers.

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Jan 2020 - Present

C Space

Consumer Insights and Technology Consultant

1999 - Jan 2020

C Space Corporation

Sr. VP, Innovation and Design

- Drive product and service innovation by specifying new features and product enhancements for the proprietary Communispace software, partnering with external technology providers, and developing new purposes and facilitation practices for communities; - Lead a multidisciplinary research team that does primary and secondary research on online communities and social networking, writing articles and white papers, and partnering with others in both business and academia to provide general thought leadership; - Work directly with clients (primarily in the pharmaceutical industry) to advance insight and advocacy among physicians, pharmacists,and patients/consumers.

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1994 - 1999

Micromentor

Lead Instructional Designer

Designed, scripted, and managed the development of multimedia training and development programs for Fortune 500 clients.

1986 - 1992

Active Voice

Writer and Instructional Designer

Freelance writer (scripts, business articles, training guides) and instructional designer for instructor-led and self-paced training, both in print and online.

Education

2011 - 2013

Lesley University

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Creative Writing

1983 - 1984

Ed.M, Intereactive Technology

1971 - 1975

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Creative Writing and Psychology

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