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Our work is to make ourselves visible in the world. This is the soul’s individual journey, and the soul would much rather fail at its own life than succeed at someone else’s.

— David Whyte from Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

 

 

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About Gina

inquisitive | accomplished | vivacious

Gina’s body of work encompasses nearly 25 years of experience in journalism, publishing, editing, PR/media relations and business marketing. Her writings focus on—but are not limited to—topics such as personal growth, human potential, integrative medicine, consciousness transformation and living life inspired by higher purpose and awareness of one’s “personal relevance.”

Global Journalist | Local Writer

As an internationally published journalist, Gina has profiled a diversity of individuals—physicians, PhDs, research scientists, theologians, politicians, mythologists, pro athletes, best-selling authors and a few celebs, as well as ordinary people with extraordinary stories to share. Her magazine features have appeared in an eclectic array of media: Body & Soul, Ballet-Dance, Catholic News Service, Writer’s Journal, Religion News, Consumer Health Journal, Healthy Living Today and Faith & Family, to name a few. Many of her news articles have been picked up by global news wires such as UPI. In her hometown, Gina is a contributing writer for PITTSBURGH Magazine, as well as managing editor of Designing Home Lifestyles Magazine, Pittsburgh Senior News and its four sister publications.

Author | Award Winning Essayist | Media Guest

Gina’s latest book, Everything Matters, Nothing Matters (St. Lynn’s Press, 2008) was favorably reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly and has been featured in various media outlets around the country. She has been a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows and continues to accept opportunities to speak on the intriguing topics contained within EMNM. Gina is also co-author of Romancing the Future (Findhorn Press, 2008) and The Highest and The Best (Xlibris, 2000). She has ghostwritten books on a variety of subjects, and is by-lined as editor of a textbook used in the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University graduate schools of business. Gina is a finalist in the 76th Annual Writer’s Digest Inspirational Writing Competition, and several of her essays have been selected for anthologies.

Chief Inspirational Officer | Event Planner

Gina is a founder and chief inspirational officer of Epiphany Works, LLC, an “inspired events” planning company that creates public entertainment and forums of inquiry to celebrate and integrate world cultures and spiritual traditions. These events serve to awaken a sense of awe and radical amazement at the miracle of life and beauty of community.

Corporate | Business | PR | Ad Agency Copywriter

Gina ran a successful marketing consulting practice for eight years before transitioning to full-time writer in 1998. Prior to this, she served in various corporate positions, including editor for international CPA firm KPMG and marketing director for The Pace Group—an architectural firm in Virginia/Maryland/DC. While in Washington, she was advertising director for a civic promotions company that coordinated special events in the nation’s capital, such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Cancer Ball. Gina helped to recruit celebrities, performers and politicians for these events—Larry King, Art Buchwald and Washington Redskins, to name a few.

Prior to her time in Washington, Gina was employed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce—reporting statewide on government policy, economics and tourism. She also worked at Chiles Public Relations in Florida, owned by the son of former Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles. The agency’s mix of clients included the Seminole Indian Tribe, TGV (French bullet train) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel.

Affiliations | Higher Ed | Advocacy

Pittsburgh Professional WomenGina graduated cum laude from Florida State University in 1985 with a BS degree in communications/public relations, and has completed graduate coursework in creative writing. She is a member of The Pittsburgh Writer’s Project, The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Professional Women, and has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program. Gina has a specific interest in supporting nonprofits that benefit women in transition from crisis to personal liberation.

Mom | Dance Enthusiast | Joy Propagandist

On a personal note, Gina is a lifelong student of classical ballet and modern dance—other forms of expression, besides writing, that bring her great joy. But the absolute greatest joy of her life is being mom to her amazingly creative daughter and son. They make all of the above worthwhile.