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#FollowFriday: Alina Kelly

By: Gini Dietrich | October 4, 2013 | 
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#FollowFriday- Alina KellyBy Gini Dietrich

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Alina Kelly earlier this week. She was in Chicago for a conference (and shopping) and took time out of her networking and sessions to meet me for dinner.

Alina, for those of you who don’t know, is a former Rogers (the AT&T equivalent in Canada) employee where she launched several national products, including one that had her in the air for two weeks beginning on September 14, 2001.

For those of you who flew around that time, you know how significant that is. I remember flying to LAX the second flights resumed and how scary it was that the airport was so empty. I thought, “Huh. You’ll never again see LAX without people in it.”

Though she hasn’t worked for Rogers for more than 10 years, the experience she gained there helped her launch her own business, AKelly Consulting, where she focuses on public transit and government.

On the personal side of things, she has two teenaged daughters (16 and 13) and a “wonderfully supportive” husband (quotes because that’s what she said; not because I know him).

But what I find most charming about her is the conversation we had about broken bones. She went her whole life, until two years ago, without breaking anything and then had four bad spills, including two torn rotator cuffs, a broken ankle, and broken ribs.

When she told me about the third accident, I said, “Oh good. That’s three. You’re done for good.” And then she said she broke her ankle. Oops. I just jinxed her. She has two more to go.

She’s a lover of food, wine, and all things about urban design, including art installed in public places. In fact, she gets very passionate when talking about the types of things the big cities are doing with transit and art.

You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest (!!!!), and Google+.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

100 comments
bdorman264
bdorman264

Well Alina, your lucky day because @ginidietrich only lets me comment twice a month and it appears I have not used up my quota for October yet. Oh happy days....

Public Transportation, huh? Can you come down to Polk County Florida and help us out? We have a county the size of Rhode Island but not densely populated. It's been a real dilemma on how to fund this and they are trying to put a 1 cent sales take on the referendum next year and I'm pretty sure it won't fly. 

Nice to meet you, if Gini says you are ok, then is must be so because she's smart like that if you didn't notice. 

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Alina, welcome to #FF and great to learn a little bit about you. Broken bones and all. Congrats!

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

Very cool - it's nice to meet you Alina and congrats on getting Spun


Do you follow Don Norman's stuff at all? Love his perspectives on everyday design that most people overlook.. http://www.jnd.org/

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

Ooohhhh I love urban art! So amazing how it can transform neighborhoods (both physically and sociologically). Some of the studies about how this type of transformation of the physical aspects (both art and urban gardens) can improve overall quality of life, decrease crime, etc. are really inspiring. I really wish more cities would invest in this type of urban renewal. 


Anyway, so great to meet you, looking forward to learning more about you and congrats, congrats, congrats!!! 

susancellura
susancellura

HI Alina! It's a pleasure to meet you! I have a dream to throw a Wimbledon party, but think I will have to DVR it so people can go to church or sleep in.  :-)    I do hope you have a wonderful and fun Follow Friday!

AlinaKelly
AlinaKelly

@dbvickery I climbed Kilimanjaro and made it to the top. Unfortunately, I slipped and fell approximately a third of the way back down and had to be transported to base camp by Sherpas. It was mortifying.

The foregoing was pure fabrication. 

Actual story: I tripped and fell on the last step coming down from the upper deck in my backyard. 

Lessons learned: (1) Flagstone is unforgiving. (2) Drink milk to keep your bones strong. 

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

@bdorman264 Bill, you're in Polk County? How'd I miss that? Howdy Neighbor! I'm in Ponte Vedra Beach now, but moved not long ago from Tampa! What part of Polk are you in? I have a good friend in Bartow


AlinaKelly
AlinaKelly

@bdorman264 @ginidietrich Hello Bill! Great to formally meet you - although I feel I got to know you a bit back in the days when you were allowed more than two comments a month ;) 

I'd be happy to visit Polk County but funding transit is a problem everywhere. Having said that, the City of Los Angeles has taken tax increases for transit to a referendum and been successful. So hope springs eternal in Polk County! Fingers crossed for you.

AlinaKelly
AlinaKelly

@JoeCardillo Hi Joe! So nice to meet you too. I was not aware of Don Norman but I am now. Thanks for sharing! This is totally in my wheelhouse! Thanks!

AlinaKelly
AlinaKelly

@LauraPetrolino Thank you so much. So glad to hear we share a love of great neighbourhoods. It's wonderful to live in a place that you love. Investments in public spaces definitely deliver exponential returns to the community in all the ways you cite.

In our community, the Beach Garden & Horticultural Society (http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/beach), a community organization, plants many of the public gardens in the neighbourhood. What a difference it makes to so many of our public spaces. So some of the improvements can actually happen from the grassroots (in this case, floral roots).

AlinaKelly
AlinaKelly

@susancellura Thank you Susan! I am totally honoured/honored to be here.

My view on your Wimbledon party idea: go for it!

bdorman264
bdorman264

@LauraPetrolino Lakeland, Bartow is just a few miles away; I go through it quite often, and howdy is right, huh? 

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

@AlinaKelly @LauraPetrolino Oh how lovely!!! And yes totally agree, actually I think movements that start on the grassroots level, but are supported by government are the ones that are most powerful! 

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

@bdorman264 @LauraPetrolino Of course! Wow, such a small world! I feel proud our Florida chapter of Spin Suckers seems to be growing by the second! We will need to have an executive committee meeting at LegoLand sometime soon!

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