When I first interviewed for my job at AWF, I was told that I may, on occasion, be asked to travel to Africa for work. No one ever told me I’d be expected to go to Idaho, too. But there I was last Thursday, crawling out of my soft, warm bed and leaving my family at 5 in the morning to catch a plane to Sun Valley, Idaho. For work.
Just the highlights
OK, you got me. Going to Idaho wasn’t much of a hardship. For one, the reason I was headed west was to attend the 2nd Annual Sun Valley Film Festival. For two, AWF had some exciting news to announce at the festival, and with some great partners, too. For three, Jodie Foster was going to be there! So my sleepy self rallied, and by 3 p.m. Thursday, I was stepping out of a tiny Idaho airport and into a fun, whirlwind weekend. In the interests of time and space, I’ll just give you some of the highlights:
Nat Geo WILD created an amazing video to advertise the WILD to Inspire Short Film Competition—people loved it. I loved that we were able to position the AWF banner right next to the TV screen at the press conference. AWF trustee Lisa Firestone represented AWF at the press conference on Friday, March 15.
Mayu is the senior writer and publications manager for AWF, responsible for general communications and AWF's print materials. At home, she divides her time between being a tyrant to her family and napping on the living room couch. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mayu has more than 15 years' experience in communications, writing and editing, and media relations.
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