La Marguerite offers a feminine perspective on sustainability and social media.
Back in April 2007, I started this blog on a whim. I was getting annoyed by all the self-righteousness in the green media. And I wanted to offer a counterpoint, my reality as a less than perfect Green Girl Wannabe, who just couldn’t get her act together. One ulterior motive was to conduct a psychological experiment, using myself as a subject, to look for insights into the key attitudes and behaviors that shaped my interactions with the environment. Part of the experiment has been a careful examination of my daily actions, thoughts, family interactions, feelings, and urges, from an environmental perspective. The other part has been the validation and refinement of my insights, thanks to the comments from all the dedicated people who have followed this blog. La Marguerite is a work in progress, a living thing that keeps on surprising me. It is becoming a zen, activist, psychological, business, philosophical, practical, humble environmental blog.
My name is Marguerite Manteau-Rao. I was born and raised in France, where I received a Master of Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris. I came to the U.S to pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago, and was persuaded to stay by one of my classmates . . . Along the way I have gathered multiple experiences, interests, and skills, as:
- a marketer and advertiser with years of CPG experience, last as VP with JWT ad agency,
- a licensed clinical social worker and Registered Art Therapist, with an MSW from Loyola University of Chicago, who led over 2,000 psychotherapy groups,
- an artist, with sculptures featured in art books and encyclopedia, and in numerous gallery and museum shows,
- an environmental activist, with La Marguerite blog, one of Top 10 Eco-Blogs for Earth Day, according to Times Online, and regular contributions to Huffington Post Green,
- a marketing and social media consultant to various Internet and green startups,
- a social media maven, and founding member of Green Moms, a group of moms, bloggers, and environmental activitists, winner of the 2008 Twitter Shorty Awards in Green category.
I cannot be put into a box, and I like it that way!
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