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- Happily employed as a full-time product manager.
Off the market for the foreseeable future.
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I've been building websites, blogs, and web community spaces since 1997. These days, I focus most on the strategies, structures, and management plans of online communities.
I've been a self-employed web professional since 2004. I'm well-adjusted to the hats of Project Manager, Front-End Developer (HTML/CSS), Technical Writer, and Community Development Consultant.
My clients have included Riverbed, Wikia, BlogHer, Cisco, Chevron, Jiffy Lube, Hyperion, and Seton Pediatric Hospital, among others. I've worked in the branding industry as a consultant under Interbrand, Bedrock Brands, and Percepticon, and in the social media marketing industry as a consultant under Cerado. I've also done a lot of work as a solo consultant. My full list of past client projects is here.
I've love to hear about what you're working on. Thanks for being interested in what I do!
I believe that the gender identities, gender presentations, and gender roles in our culture are complicated, messy, fascinating, and beautiful.
I believe they are uniquely configured for each person, and that when we simplify them down to two options, we end up making perfectly healthy people feel like there must be something wrong with them.
By respectfully sharing our own unique experiences with gender, and by creating opportunities for others to do the same, I believe we work to break down the black and white thinking that is causing this harm.
Here's what I do to help:
In 2007, I created Genderfork.com as a photo blog depicting different forms of androgyny. Since then, it has grown into a thriving community expression project -- representing a wide variety of gender variance and nonconformity -- and is managed by a 15-person volunteer staff. It's been most successful as a welcoming "coming out" space that shares the simple message, "However you are is wonderful."
In 2012, I launched Genderplayful.com, a clothing marketplace that celebrates diversity in gender presentation and body types. It aims to organize resources in the gender-variant community to collaboratively (for each individual) solve the problem, "How can we dress in ways that feel amazing, with clothes that actually fit our bodies?" The project kicked off with a community fundraiser, and is still in the early stages of community growth.
I volunteered for the Gender Spectrum Family Conference for three years (2010 - 2012). This is a weekend conference for parents and educators of gender nonconforming kids and teens, which also includes programs for the kids and teens themselves (and their siblings). I assisted with their "Kids Camp" for children ages 4-9.
I also speak on the subjects of gender & sexuality, telling my own stories and sharing what I've learned from my community work. Past venue bookings include Brown, Oberlin, Appalachian State University, San Francisco State University, and Allegheny College, as well as churches, open mics, and storytelling events. If you'd like me to invite me to speak, please get in touch.
You can reach me at info at sarahdopp dot com.
I'm also on Twitter as @sarahdopp and I do pay attention to my @-replies.
If we know each other, I'll happily accept an invite on Facebook or LinkedIn.
But here's the deal: I'm an introvert with ADD, and my active clients come before everything. As a result, I don't always respond to personal emails very quickly. If it's time-sensitive, please follow up. Otherwise, I appreciate your patience with me. And thanks again for writing. I like you, too!