Word Nerd | Early Adopter | Serial Careerist

I Wear Many Hats

Hi, I’m Beth Gramling Sanders, author, speaker, web designer, marketing coach, social media consultant — I wear a lot of hats.

What makes me an excellent all-of-the-above? Well, 14 years of experience as a consultant and coach, helping my clients build and grow their small businesses and nonprofits to begin with. I’m a lifelong learner, and I’m not happy if I’m not learning something.

Right now, I’m learning Spanish and hope to eventually be able to understand what the Latin baseball players in their Instagram videos.

¡Hola! Me llamo Beth. Estoy autor, el orador, el diseñador de páginas web, entrenador de marketing, consultora en medios sociales — yo llevar sombreros muchos. 

Yeah, I know. Not that great. Yet.

I’m an Early Adopter

My oldest daughter and I were in line for 12 hours when the first iPhone launched. An inveterate beta tester and early adopter, I love new technology, and still remember the thrill of reading email on my phone for the first time — and the utter despair as I dropped it in the toilet three weeks after purchase (Apple replaced it).

first tweet

I started using social media around 2006. Here’s my very first tweet, published on June 12, 2007, exactly two weeks before we camped at the Apple store. These events marked the beginning of a passion for social media, and relationships formed that year have led me to a career that I owe almost entirely to Twitter.

If you remember Plurk, Gowalla, Doodle Jump, and the Motorola Razr phone, it’s likely you’re as much of an early adopter as I am.

I Love My City & Community

In August 2010 I founded Memphis’ WordPress user group, and led it until March 2016, when I stepped down to devote more time to my business. I’ve recently returned as organizer as of January 2019 and am excited to be in this role once again.

Also in 2010, I was a member of the inaugural cohort of SeedHatchery (now StartCo), a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program. Since 2008, I’ve helped organize and been a speaker at numerous local conferences, including the inaugural BarCamp Memphis held that year.

As a part of the greater Memphis community, in 2013 I served on the Junior League of Memphis sustainer council as a social media advisor, and have been involved with GiveCamp Memphis, which provides free technology help for area nonprofits, since its inception.

I’ve lived in the Memphis area since 1981 and l adore the River City. It’s home to internationally-acclaimed Bar-B-Q, the Mighty Mississippi River, Elvis, The Peabody Hotel, not enough snow, and the most hellish summers on Earth.

We Love Our Cardinals

I’m a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, lover of all things Apple, The New York Times crossword puzzle afficionado, and am known widely for my disdain for a misplaced apostrophe. We also love our Memphis Redbirds, a AAA farm club in the Cardinals organization.

My husband, Jim, and I have been married since 1986 and have two daughters, one son-in-law, and two (rescue) fur children. Charlie, 11, is a Beagle/German Shepherd mix, who steals and eats entire loaves of bread from the kitchen counters, and Layla, 10, is a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, who never comes when we call her but is a good enough snuggler to make up for it.