About Me

FullSizeRenderMy name is Lisa Jager, and I have been writing my blog since the spring of 2011. I originally began this blog to document my job hunting and unemployment experiences. Like many Americans at the time I had been unemployed or underemployed for a long time. I also hoped that writing the blog would help me find a job writing or in public relations, a field in which I had worked for many years. And it worked! I sent my blog to the editor of my hometown newspaper, the Devils Lake Journal in Devils Lake, N.D., and within a short time I was hired as a reporter/writer. I worked there for 10 months during which I also wrote a weekly column called Adjusting to Life in My Hometown, which chronicled my experiences doing just that after living in big cities for so many years. The column, which also was posted on my blog, won second place in the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual writing contest. After about a year (one winter!) in North Dakota I returned to Colorado and worked for a newspaper for a couple of years on the northeastern plains. In the spring of 2015, I accepted a new position in California, finally returning to the field of public relations.

I was born in raised in North Dakota, spent many years living in Colorado and also eight years in the Washington, D.C. area.

Thanks for checking out this page, and I hope you enjoy my blog!


1 Response to About Me

  1. Nancy Graser says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I follow your blog. It’s great!
    I am assuming that you may have been looking for an agri-business PR position since you have an impressive background in that area of public relations.

    The Mango Board (in Orlando, Florida) posted this director level position yesterday, so I have pasted it in below in case you are interested:

    Industry Relations Director (Fresh Produce) National Mango Board
    Orlando, FL
    Posted Yesterday in Management & Exec
    The Industry Relations Director oversees industry relations programs involving growers, exporters, importers, distributors, allied industry spokespersons, and other stakeholders; collaborates with other members of the management team in developing and executing communication concepts, tactics, and campaigns; and performs other related work as needed. Industry Relations Director reports to the Executive Director.

    Position Reports to:

    Executive Director

    Responsibilities & Duties:

    Plans, organizes, and directs outreach programs to cultivate relationships with industry members and allied industry including trade media.
    Coordinates and arranges workshops, outreach meetings and events to provided sponsors, speakers, interpreters, and presentations from industry representatives and to make presentations on selected topics.
    Manages Industry Relations Department programs and budget.
    Prepares for and participates in Board Meetings, Industry Relations Committee conference calls, and other functionary meetings.

    3 or more years of industry communications experience.
    Ability to work extended hours and attend industry relations outreach meetings, Board Meetings, and educational programs.
    Travel to mango producing regions as well as US ports as a representative of the National Mango Board.
    Principles and practices of communications, trade relations, media relations, and public relations; communications strategies;
    Project management, customer service and budgeting development.
    Considerable knowledge and ability to utilize Microsoft Office including database management.
    A working understanding of the Produce Industry.
    BILINGUAL: Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Must have considerable written and oral proficiency in both languages.

    BA in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or a related field.

    About National Mango Board:

    The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from domestic and imported mangoes. The board’s mission is to increase awareness and consumption of fresh mangoes in the U.S. The NMB works toward this mission through three core programs; marketing, research and industry relations.

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