Erica Lee Schlaikjer, Creator & Curator
Erica Schlaikjer is a writer, editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology, design and social change. She is the founder of Benevolent Media, a media and events company dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good.
She currently helps clients integrate social media into their business and marketing plans as a Community Manager for Huge, a full-service digital agency in Washington, D.C.
Formerly, she worked as the Media Relations and Online Engagement Coordinator for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She was also Managing Editor of EMBARQ’s blog, TheCityFix.com.
She is a StartingBloc Fellow from the 2012 New York Institute for Social Innovation. She also serves as a board member for RaiseDC, an organization that orchestrates social change by connecting civically minded people to local nonprofits, artists, and businesses invested in making a difference in their community.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a reporter, she has written for National Geographic, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chicago Reporter, WorldChanging.com and other print and online publications. She also created ResponsibleChina.com, a blog about environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.
Angela del Sol, Arts & Culture Correspondent
Angela del Sol is a music journalist, fledgling tech geek and artist. The energetic Colombia native believes in social change through effective communication and fomenting culture and art.
The recent School of Communication graduate aspires to pursue a career in cultural strategic communications and help promote positive role models in media. She is currently interning at the Howard Theatre, where she is helping reestablish the theater as a main tourist attraction in Washington, D.C. and promote its historical significance.
As a student at American University, Angela could be found curating music at WVAU student radio, helping the AU Social Media Club or engaging in deep conversations with legendary School of International Service professors in the field of social justice and race studies. She also spent a lot of time hanging out at her favorite spot in the school, the Katzen Arts Center.
Besides being an avid social media lover, Angela loves to go on music adventures around the world. During her time as an exchange student at Paris Sorbonne University, she explored the underground music scene of nearby cities like Berlin and Barcelona.
Interested in getting involved? Contact erica [at] benevolentmedia.org.