Emily is our taproot. The one that reaches the farthest down into the ground to find the water, the sustenance, for all the limbs and leaves. She is the stretch of deep river that allows us to expand, to pause and be inspired by what we see around us. She is the compassionate, empathetic leader at the helm of Root + River.
Full of insight, thoughtfulness, curiosity, kindness and magic, Emily sees words as power sources, as feelings, as reflections of the deepest parts of each of us and believes they are a potent energy source for our souls.
A former journalist, publisher and VP of corporate communications, she is the co-author of the book, Rooting Up: Essays on Modern Branding, the author of the Substack newsletter Thought Cookie and the author of over 100 LinkedIn articles on brand, marketing, leadership and communication. A popular keynote speaker and presenter, she co-hosts the podcast Reclaiming Ourselves with Sonya Stattmann and has been featured on dozens of podcasts including Coaching for Leaders, On Brand, Creative Warrior, Ponderings from the Perch and more.
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in human communication (summa cum laude) and a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Arizona State University, (go Devils!). She has a background in human behavioral research and neurological studies and uses her intuitive wisdom and sketch art in her speaking and facilitating.
She finds her grounding, bliss and joy in the midst of her family. She brings kindness into this world and strives towards undivided living, remembering that we are one beautiful whole with all the pieces touching every other piece.
In her early 20s, Emily spent a year in Japan teaching English, has spent a year living in Edinburgh, Scotland writing poetry, and was a some-time award-winning set designer for a local theater. When not intensely advocating for her team or her clients, she can be found with her nose in a book, practicing yoga or binging a fashion-design show.