Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Philister’s desire to change the world through storytelling is visible through her experiences. Prior to joining the ILAACP, she taught Video Production to students at various charter schools in Chicago through CTVN (Community TV Network). She also worked as the Digital Marketing and Community Engagement Manager at jjslist.com, and the Marketing Specialist at H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). These experiences gave her the opportunity to share the stories of those often forgotten by society – teenagers from underserved populations, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.
Philister received her MFA from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen and Stage, and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Film and Video Production. Her interests are social entrepreneurship, violence prevention and public engagement through marketing. She is excited to use her storytelling and marketing background to promote the ILAACP’s initiatives and engage the public in an ongoing dialogue around preventative measures.
Where is your favorite destination in the world?
I really enjoyed the French countryside. The towns are beautiful and I was able to get a lot of writing done.
What is your favorite quote(s)?
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela
What three things are on your bucket list?
1. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
2. Write a bestseller
3. Visit every country in Africa
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Wangari Maathai! Growing up I had this idea that if I was an environmental activist, I was a peacemaker by default because of the impact the environment has on people.