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Wendi McGowan-Ellis
Works at Lifestyle Frisco
Attended University of Texas, Austin
Lives in Frisco, TX
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  • Lifestyle Frisco
    Vice President, Editorial & Co-Founder, 2013 - present
    As a Co-Founder and Vice President of Editorial, Wendi is responsible for curating content and leading a team of writers and photographers to ensure quality standards and brand vision for the online media property, Lifestyle Frisco. Focused on digital engagement, content strategy, eCommerce, mobile experience, and creative technologies that recognize the "constantly connected" consumer. Directs all social media strategies to identify and deliver branded digital experiences informed by the hyper-local competitive landscape and consumer insights. Drives social media conversations and creates online content to increase consumer and business activity. Frisco continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in the country every year since 2000 and for a lot of good reasons. With easy access to Dallas, a moderate cost of living, a Top 10-rated school district in Texas, and a thriving business community, Frisco is a great place to live well without breaking the bank. While Frisco has a rich history, much of the community is less than 10 years old, so Frisco provides a good mix of good ole' Texas and modern amenities. Lifestyle Frisco delivers hyper-local information and content about Frisco life, entertainment, fashion, arts, dining, nightlife, sports, travel, and real estate close to home and even closer to our hearts. On a cutting-edge web and mobile publishing platform, our writers and editors are citizens and denizens of Frisco contributing stories, photos, videos, and events.
  • Wendistry
    Art Advisor & Commissioned Painter, 2003 - present
    "Creating Artistic Interiors... What is YOUR Art Affinity?" Wendi McGowan-Ellis, principal of Wendistry, creates artistic interiors. Utilizing both her own paintings and other artists’ works, Wendistry is a comprehensive art advisory service. Non-art collectors focus first on their interiors… thinking in terms of furniture, the patterns, colors, and textures. The overall look and palette, and THEN consider adding art as a last step to complete the space. This approach, while completely acceptable, is primarily the audience with whom Wendistry advises through the ART AFFINITY Questionnaire. But when working with serious art collectors, Wendistry finds that the art is their primary focus in designing the room. The furnishings are secondary. If they have a valuable piece, in particular, we work with interior designers to develop a palette that doesn’t compete with the piece, neutrals and solids, versus patterns and vibrant colors that might overpower it. Wendi firmly believes that art doesn’t have to match an interior, or vice versa, but it must compliment. The best advice is to allow the art to breathe, not to clutter the space around a special piece in particular, and to let it shine. Wendi McGowan-Ellis brings thoughtful art, color, and designed inspiration to everything she touches. Her intuitive, collaborative approach results in innovative ideas and color palettes that inspire and engage those who experience her work.
  • Valtech
    Digital Strategy Practice Lead, 2013 - 2013
  • Acquity Group
    Senior Digital Strategist, 2011 - 2013
  • Verizon Communications
    2010 - 2011
  • TXU Energy
    2009 - 2010
  • La Quinta Inn
    2007 - 2008
  • PSINet
    2000 - 2002
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As a recovering digital and mobile strategy management consultant, Wendi McGowan-Ellis has over 20 years experience in entrepreneurial environments providing business strategy, customer engagement leadership, and digital/emerging technologies/mobile management. Wendi is now fulfilling a dream to combine her art with her digital expertise as an art advisor, commissionable painter, lifestyle editor, culture curator, and arts advocate in Frisco, Texas.

In addition to running an art advisory consultancy, Wendistry, Wendi is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Editorial at Lifestyle Frisco.  Partnered with her husband, V. Scott Ellis, Co-Founder & Publisher of Lifestyle Frisco, Wendi is responsible for curating content and leading a team of writers and photographers to ensure quality standards and brand vision for the online media property. Directs all social media strategies to identify and deliver branded digital experiences informed by the hyper-local competitive landscape and consumer insights. Drives social media conversations and creates online content to increase consumer and business activity.

Wendi is an active member of the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, the MAC PAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary Patrons & Artists Collective), and Women in Wireless, while also serving in the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Arts of Dallas.


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Movie "Guernica" about Pablo Picasso to star Antonio Banderas... Bring on the #art movies!
Antonio Banderas will star in an upcoming Pablo Picasso bio pic, with Gwyneth Paltrow to portray the artist's muse-mistress, French artist Dora Maar
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Education and training options for all ages at #Frisco ISD: http://vsell.is/1nnlm4V 
Fifteen years ago the idea of "knowing every Frisco student by name and need” might not have seemed a complicated task, but how do you maintain that mission statement when you are one of the fastes...
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47 wonderful and inspiring spaces for showcasing your #ART  
   Whether you’re hanging one large piece, a grouping of small ones or a combination of both, properly showcasing your art can be a daunting task. Artwork …
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Nothing like going out on top, #Frisco @TexasLegends end #basketball season with a win http://vsell.is/1qj38mK
Frisco’s finest hoopsters, the Texas Legends, have concluded their 2013-2014 season.  From the thrilling acquisition of key players, to the agony of an extensive losing streak, the Legends persever...
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Thank you +NorthPark Center  and Business Council of the Arts for a wonderful Friday evening!
 
+Wendi McGowan-Ellis and I had a great time at Art Spark After Dark last night. It was an event that her Leadership Arts Dallas class organized as a kickoff for Art Spark, which in turn kicks off Arts Week in Dallas.

As someone who spends way too much time with a computer it's refreshing and important to me to get out and experience things like this for the socialization and the creative inspiration.

It all doesn't happen in front of your/my computer.
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If you attended the Frisco StrEATS Festival this past Saturday, then you will probably find yourself at a salad shop for lunch all week!  The City and sponsors did a fantastic job.  The weather hel...
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Expand Your #ART Collection with a New Artist at Eight 11 Place http://wendistry.com/hi2v @Wendistry debuts tomorrow at brunch!
Please join me in announcing and celebrating my latest exhibition, "FLOWERS & CHAMPAGNE," at Eight 11 Place in Frisco. As the new solo artist featured at Eight 11, I invited you to come and see...
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Eggs, ducks, art, and movies... Learn about #Frisco's past and future this coming weekend! http://vsell.is/1euPfe8 
Ducks, eggs, art, and movies... Learn about Frisco's past and discuss it's future.  It's another busy weekend in Frisco with fun for everyone! Did you know you can now add your event to the Frisco ...
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NEW product offerings on @Wendistry Society6.com site! http://wendistry.com/mfze  #showercurtains #rugs #wallclocks
Since launching my store on Society6 last December, the company has come out with a TON of new products.  In addition to offering: Art prints Framed prints Stretched canvases T-shirts, tank tops, a...
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A weekend of Wizardry: recap of Texas Pinball Festival in #Frisco http://vsell.is/QLOetg 
This past weekend the Embassy Suite’s and the Frisco Convention Center played host to one of the more unique experiences I’ve had from a gaming perspective. The Texas Pinball Festival was in town a...
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