If you are interested in working with Marlynn on writing, photography or social media management projects, please send an e-mail to info [at] marlynnschotland [dot] com. The Urban Bliss Media project calendar usually books out at least three months in advance but our schedule changes constantly and we can often take smaller projects in between larger projects.
Owner, Urban Bliss Media
September 2005 – Present
Founded this boutique creative communications agency which specializes in Social Media Strategy, Management, and Training; Public Relations/Marketing; Brand Development and Strategy; and Graphic and Web Design.
Food + Wine + Travel Blogger: Urban Bliss Life
October 2004 – Present
As a longtime blogger, I currently write about food + drink, travel, DIY tutorials, offer exclusively designed professional printables, and general slice of mom entrepreneur life. I’ve worked with brands such as: Macy’s, Whole Foods Market, Budweiser, Uncommon Goods, KIND Bars, Hyatt Hotels, Seattle Visitors Bureau, and more.
President, FemCity Portland
Lead the local launch of the Portland, Oregon chapter for the national Femfessionals women’s networking organization.
September 2012 – September 2013
Regional Sales Manager, Plum District Portland
Managed the Portland, Oregon launch of this daily deals site geared toward moms. Managed team of local sales reps and was responsible for meeting monthly sales goals, local promotions, and blogger outreach.
May 2011 – May 2012
Founder/President, The Power M.O.B. (Mom-Owned Businesses)
May 2006 – September 2011
Launched and lead one of the founding mom entrepreneur organizations in the United States, with nearly 500 members during its five years in operation. Producer of the annual Makings of a MOB Conference and the MOM Shop trade show.
Faculty Mom, Pepperidge Farm Fishful Thinking
February 2009 – 2012
A Resource for Parenting Positive Kids
One of 10 Faculty Moms in the country to lead the promotion of this comprehensive positive parenting program, and is responsible for online and offline outreach to parents.
Founder/Editor, Mama Lit
April 2008 – September 2009
Launched, managed, and edited this online book review site featuring contributing writers from around the country. Books Written By Moms, Reviewed By Moms.
The Art Institute of Portland/Education Management Corp.
Developed and managed the public relations department for The Art Institute of Portland, creating internal and external communications strategy, media outreach, event production and promotion, crisis communication, marketing materials, and serving as the National Chairperson for Public Relations of parent company, Education Management Corporation. Assisted with national partnerships with companies such as Adobe, Americans for the Arts, Macromedia, and more.
Director of Public Relations, 2001 – 2005
Community Relations Rep, 1999 – 2001
Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter, KOBI-TV
Anchor/Reporter/Producer, OCSTV, Canby, Oregon
1996 – 1997
Portland State University
Mercy Corps NW
Women Entrepreners of Oregon
EVO Conference, Small Business Success session
Bloggy Boot Camp, Entrepreneur session
Co-Presenter, SXSW Interactive Festival 2009, Core Presentation: Your Personal Blog is Dead
Guest Speaker, CNRG Social Media
Emcee, CRAVE Portland holiday party
Guest Speaker, Womens Business Center
Guest Speaker, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Panelist, Makings of a Mamapreneur 2008 Conference
Moderator, SHOP08 Conference
Panelist, Ladies Who Launch, Portland 2007 conference
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
Babble Top 50 Mom Entrepreneurs, 2011
Best Women Blogs 2011, Work at Home Moms
Small Business of the Month, August 2008, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Portland Business Journal Orchid Award 2008 nominee
Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 2007 nominee
Chairperson, PR Leadership Council, Education Management Corporation
ACE award winner, Best Press Kit, 2004
ACE award winner, Best Community Relations Program 2004
ACE award winner, Best Press Release 2004
Advisory Board Member, Mercy Corps NW Women’s Business Center
Member, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
Board of Directors, Pearl District Business Association (PDBA)
Board of Directors, Oregon Columbia chapter-International Association of Business Communicators
Board of Directors, Founding Member, SIGGRAPH Cascade Chapter
Member, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
Auction Committee member & avid volunteer for a Tigard/Tualatin School District elementary school
2-year Team Captain, Race for the Cure
Former S.M.A.R.T Volunteer (Start Making a Reader Today)
Volunteer, Girls Inc. Summer Camp
Organize small business donation efforts for Girls, Inc., Go Red, S.M.A.R.T, and more
See Press page for samples of television, radio, print and online coverage
Marlynn and Urban Bliss have been featured in more than 50 media outlets, including Entrepreneur.com, Parents magazine, Oregon Business magazine, the local NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox news affiliates, the Portland Business Journal, The Oregonian, The Daily Journal of Commerce, The Columbian, Portland Monthly magazine, Oregon Home magazine, among many other print, online, radio, and television news outlets.
Marlynn is an active public leader in the mom entrepreneur movement. Recently, she served as a 3-year Advisory Board member for Mercy Corps NW’s Women’s Business Center, and also as the President of FemCity Portland, a local chapter of Femfessionals.com. She was the Founder & President of one of the earliest mom entrepreneur networks in the Pacific NW, The Power MOB (Mom-Owned Businesses), helping connect, empower, and support nearly 500 mom-owned businesses throughout the Northwest.
Marlynn is a nationally sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, and writer. She has been invited to speak at Portland State University, SXSW Interactive, EVO Social Media Conference, Bloggy Boot Camp, The Makings of a Mamapreneur Conference, CRAVE Portland events, Women Entrepreneur of Oregon events, Ladies Who Launch events, and more. She is a graphic design and social media marketing workshop instructor at Mercy Corps Northwest and has taught workshops at Portland State University, and is developing online courses in social media, design, and work/life balance for Udemy. She also regularly facilitates social media and design workshops and corporate training programs through Urban Bliss.
Marlynn has been a Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Nominee and a Portland Business Journal Orchid Award Nominee. She was also a Top 50 Mom Entrepreneur by Babble.com, a Portland Power Mom by Red Tricycle, and named a Top 50 Working Woman Blog by Work At Home Mom.
She is also the Founder & Editor of an online lifestyle magazine for modern mom entrepreneurs, Urban Bliss Life.
* President, Fem City Portland
* Advisory Board of Mercy Corps NW’s Womens Business Center
* Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
* National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
* Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
She previously has served on the Board of Directors for the Pearl District Business Association, Oregon Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and is a founding Board of Directors member for the local SIGGRAPH chapter.