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Carma Spence

Hastings, Minnesota, USA
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Carma Spence, the Own Your Awesome Mentor, helps women create a legacy — and an income — from their hobbies, interests and passions (no matter how obscure). The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding, online presence and the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online.

An International best-selling author, award-winning editor and speaker, with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. Carma is a poet, science fiction writer, and a multi-dimensional entrepreneur.

After earning a master’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Journalism (from the number one public relations program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report), Carma developed a career as a corporate science writer. Her ability to understand high-level science (she holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology) and translate it for a lay audience, coupled with her marketing and public relations training, enabled her to help employers such as City of Hope National Medical Center, Blue Shield of California and the National Human Genome Research Institute gain local and national exposure, and improve customer and employee communications.

Carma performed pro bono work for KRCB Public Television, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and the North Bay Career Resource Center. She has promoted wines from Texas, South Africa and the elite Champagne Deutz, and helped pioneer a website for pediatric professionals.

With the increasing importance of the Internet in marketing communications, Carma has developed an expertise in online presence and strategy. Her book, Home Sweet Home Page has received positive reviews and she now helps clients hone in on their core message and brand, develop their product lines and market themselves throughout the Web. She has worked with best-selling author Cynthia Kersey, fitness expert Wendy Ida and speaker/entertainer Cindy Ashton.

Carma has been a writer since she was seven. Her love of travel (she grew up in East Africa), along with her passion for science fiction, propelled her to create the online travel resource for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans, The Genre Traveler. She is also working on a multi-media history and sociology of science fiction, titled Yesteryear’s Future. Her two cookbooks, Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie can be found online at Amazon and BN.com.

Her latest book is 57 Secrets for Branding Yourself Online (from Logical Logical Expressions Publishing) and Public Speaking Super Powers is due out sometime in 2014. She is also working Celebrate You: Own Your Awesome in Business and Life for a potential 2015 release.

As a speaker, Carma has received several awards, including a lifetime membership to the National Forensic League. She has been a member of Toastmasters since 1989, where she earned her Competent Toastmaster (CTM), Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS), Competent Leader (CL) and Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) awards.