Dana is an account executive in our Chicago office. She uses her knowledge of evidence-based nutrition to help clients create and deliver meaningful food and nutrition messages. Before becoming a dietitian, Dana worked in the communication industry for nearly five years in various roles. As a dietetic intern, she completed rotations in nutrition communication, including one with FoodMinds. Dana graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin as a dual major in journalism and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Do you have any advice for dietitians thinking about getting into communications?
Be creative about gaining experience in the communications field. Hone your communications skills by volunteering to write for newsletters through your current position or professional organizations. Start a blog, share a thoughtful LinkedIn post or write some killer Instagram captions. And don’t be afraid to reach out to other RDs who are doing what you want to be doing. Be curious and ask as many questions as you can.
What food is always on your mind and why?
Tacos! I’m not sure tacos need further explanation, but they are incredibly delicious and there are so many different kinds – I could eat them every day! They also remind me of holiday/special meals with my family.
What are three things on your bucket list?
What career would you choose if you had an opportunity to switch jobs for one day?
Radio City Rockette! Growing up, dance was a major part of my life – a way to make lifelong friends, a creative outlet and stress-reliever. There’s nothing like the rush of performing on stage, so if I could for a day, I’d dance on the biggest stage I could find. Also, I have to say a Rockette because growing up I always wanted to be one, only to find out I was too short to make the cut! To this day, I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year to see them dance.
How do you find balance?
I do my best to practice mindfulness and be fully present wherever I am. That means when I’m working, I’m focused on getting the job done and when I’m at home, I put my phone/email away as much as possible and focus on spending time with my family. It’s not a perfect system, but I find compartmentalizing a bit helps me clear my head and come back to the other parts of my life with a fresh mindset.