Amanda Gates

Work

Features

Internal Communications

Examples of the internal communication blog I managed, planned, wrote and published for a vocational school. Communications went out to 3,000 students, 500 teachers and 100+ HQ employees.

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Education Writing

An excerpt from a cosmetology class I wrote for Studio Luma. I wrote 20+ classes for the Studio Luma curriculum.

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New Nostalgia

A peek at the vintage decor trend in meetings and events.

Winner of a Silver MMPA Award for Best Feature.

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Soap for Hope

Garth Peterson single-handedly collects thousands of pounds of used hotel soap and transports it down to the Atlanta-based Global Soap Project.

Featured in the spring 2012 issue of Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal

Winner of a Gold Award for Best Profile by the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association

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Good Sports

A study in how amateur sporting events are an important asset to Minnesota's hospitality industry.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Fall 2011

Winner of a Gold Award for Best Feature Story by the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association

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Fast Track to Financial Literacy

A feature story about college students' struggles with debt. Hamline Magazine, Fall 2009, p. 20.

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Rules of Engagement

When it comes to engaging association membership, the first step might be for leadership to embrace change themselves.

RSVP MN, Summer 2013

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Lindbergh Turns 50

A profile on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on its 50th anniversary.

Included in the Summer 2012 issue of Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal

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Niche Finders

These professional found, and then capitalized on, their own unique place in the industry.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Summer 2011

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Master Chefs

Local chefs talk about good food and the responsibility that comes with serving this community.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Spring 2011

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Columns

CaringBridge Series

A series of posts on caregiving for the CaringBridge Uplift blog, hitting a personal note while also providing a service to readers.

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In Sickness

I wrote this essay shortly after getting married; it was published on A Practical Wedding in June 2013.

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10 Reasons to Visit Minneapolis St. Paul

Blog post featured on Pop Candy of USA TODAY.

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Friendly Ways to Stay Connected

Featured on The Pink Tambourine Club, an online venue for maintaining, celebrating and building friendships. Posted July 2012.

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Six Activities to Do with Your Preschooler

Service content with a personal touch. For the Minnesota Monthly MN Journeys blog.

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10 Reasons to Tour St. Paul's Summit Brewery

Service content with a personal touch. For the Minnesota Monthly MN Journeys blog.

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While Traveling, Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Parts 1-5

A five-part series, with a service feel, on traveling to Minnesota in the New Year. Post 5 features links to all parts, including Save Money, Read More, Exercise, Eat Well & Me Time. Featured on the Minnesota Monthly MN Journeys blog.

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Minneapolis By Foot

A clever way to highlight what to do in Minneapolis, by foot. Featured on Minnesota Monthly's MN Journeys blog.

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Embody Good Customer Service

While planning a funeral, I thought up 10 themes to keep in mind when helping someone plan an event, no matter what type of an event it is.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Summer 2011

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The Happiness Factor

What does it mean to be happy at work?

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Spring 2010

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Interviews

Tour Guide

Chieko Karlsen's MSP Tours take visitors around the Twin Cities via light rail.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, spring 2012

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Brave New Workshop

An interview with the creative minds behind Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop. Also a podcast.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, Fall 2011

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Social Butterfly

A social media expert chats about using these tools to build a better business.

Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journa, Winter 2011

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Network