Meet Alexis

Hello! I’m Alexis Grant: part creative, part entrepreneur, part digital strategist.

I started my career in journalism, then pivoted to build my own blog-management company. That company was acquired in mid-2015 by The Penny Hoarder (Taylor Media), where I now work full time.

Alexis Grant, digital strategist

Entrepreneur and creative Alexis Grant

At Taylor Media, I serve as Executive Editor, running the editorial side of the company. That means recruiting the best talent, overseeing our content strategy, continuing to grow our readership, and working alongside the founder to scale the company. In 2016, we were named the #1 fastest-growing private media company by Inc. 500. Did I mention we’re bootstrapped and profitable?

I’m fascinated by the online world of work and energized by go-getters who create their own careers or side hustles. I’m also passionate about empowering working moms, especially now that I am one.

While raising a small human and a digital media company require most of my focus, I have managed to continue to grow my own side project: a website for writers called The Write Life. We launched in 2013 and have become one of the premiere destinations on the web for writers. I provide guidance for the site, but my team does the heavy lifting, nurturing the site daily.

I also offer a number of guides and courses on this blog, my most popular of which explains how I started a social media business on the side of my day job. I love sharing knowledge and experience that helps other go-getters achieve their dreams!

More on my background

While my career now revolves around leading, strategizing and delegating, I’m truly a writer at heart.

Until mid-2011, I worked full time as a journalist, first with the Houston Chronicle and later at U.S. News & World Report, where I covered hiring trends. My work has also appeared in Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, USA Today and The New Zealand Herald, as well as Mashable, Problogger, Gawker, Copyblogger and Lifehacker.

That journalistic background still influences how I think, write, communicate and lead. Problogger named me as one of their 20 bloggers to watch in 2012.

Many of my online friends know me as a traveler, as I spent much of 2008 backpacking through West Africa, Cameroon and Madagascar, freelancing and blogging along the way. Nowadays my husband and I prefer to stay close to home with our toddler, but I still consider myself an adventurer at heart.

I learned to love journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where I completed the master’s-degree program. I’m also an alumna of Colby College and have completed writer’s residencies at The Hambidge Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

I live in the Washington, D.C. area, grew up in upstate New York, and travel frequently to St. Petersburg, Florida, where The Penny Hoarder is based.

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