About Me

cropped-choosydiva.jpgHi! I’m Michelle Ames.

I’m Michelle Ames. I’m  the owner and marketing diva at Marketed by Michelle, where my primary goal is to reach success by helping my clients achieve their highest success.

I have over 20 years of experience working in higher education; for-profit and not-for-profit marketing and fundraising; and teaching.

I divide my time between my full-time job at Give, my business, the Hilton Central School District Board of Education, and other not-for-profit organizations. I have a BA degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business (with concentrations in e-commerce, marketing, and information systems).

I am passionate about marketing, with the understanding that the best business will fold if no one knows about it and the things it has to offer. To that end, I meet with my clients to formulate a plan to help them “get on the map.” Whether that is through a new website (WordPress, of course!), print media, new logo, press release, or other marketing initiatives. I also consult with individuals for business growth, personal networking, and job acquisition (through résumé development and interview coaching).

I am the organizer of the Rochester-area WordPress user group and I enjoy helping others make their websites amazing.

I got heavily involved in the global WordPress community by making 2016 my “Year of WordPress:” 

  • Organized and spoke at WordCamp Buffalo
  • Attended WordCamp Hamilton
  • Spoke at WordCamp Ottawa
  • Spoke at WordCamp Toronto
  • Spoke at WordCamp Pittsburgh
  • Was Lead Organizer of WordCamp Rochester
  • Attended WordCamp US

Since then, I’ve kind of gone from a “Year of WordPress” to a “Life of WordPress.” Although as you will see in my blog, I’m not completely obsessed. It’s Life of WordPress in moderation. Altogether I’ve spoken now at 12 WordCamps and taken a full-time job at a WordPress plugin company. I also still mentor others and teach WordPress classes. 

WordPress has made it possible to live an incredible life. That’s kinda why I call myself a WordPress Fanatic.

Want to know more on a regular basis? Follow me on Twitter @michelleames.