After enrolling in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as an undeclared humanities student, Alexa was thrown into a course on writing style when all of her top-choice classes were full. Little did she know that this terrible scheduling slot would lead her to a career she loved. When the head of the Professional Writing Master’s program at CMU approached her during her junior year of college to apply for an accelerated master’s degree she jumped at the chance.
As a requirement of the master’s program, Alexa took an internship at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) where she learned the ropes as a technical editor. Once she graduated, she became a fulltime writer at the SEI acting as a bridge between the technical experts who shape the future and the people who want to read about these innovative projects. A year later, she was promoted to Senior Technical Editor for the Director’s Office at the SEI. She was brought into the Director’s Office to support the C-Suite in whatever content related projects they had at the time. From crafting speeches to coordinating and delivering reports, she learned how to write for a wide range of audiences from some of the most passionate people in tech.
Eventually, her love of travel got the best of her, and Alexa decided to venture abroad. She applied to positions in a different country every night. A company in Japan made her the best offer and a few months later she landed in Fukuoka. Using this opportunity as a springboard, she became involved in Fukuoka’s startup community. Alexa is currently the Head of Content at Qurate, where she helps to communicate the company’s creative vision to the world. In addition, she contributes to Startup City Fukuoka, writing from the perspective of an enthusiastic expat who loves both the city and the startup scene.
In her spare time, Alexa likes to wander around unfamiliar countries. She can often be found searching for great new restaurants with her food-loving cohorts.
Did Alexa write this bio? Yes. Does she find it odd writing about herself in the third person? Yes, yes she does.
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