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John Wilpers
Works at Degrees2Dreams
Attended University of Kansas
Lives in Marshfield, MA (a suburb of Boston)
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Thanks, Karl. 
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Got heavily into it at the Baltimore Examiner - science writing. Mostly a learning nerd - knowledge omnivore.
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Great story! It's about time the Tea Party ship returned to Boston Harbor! Welcome back!
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Media Consultant & Degrees2Dreams CEO
Skills
Editorial integration, new media innovation, newsroom re-engineering, career counseling, social media
Employment
  • Degrees2Dreams
    Founder & CEO, 2010 - present
    I created Degrees2Dreams to empower college students and recent graduates to leverage social media in landing their dream jobs to launch their careers. We offer one-to-one and group training for students, recent grads, and college career counselors.
  • Innovation Media Consulting
    Senior Director/USA, 2007 - present
    I consult with media companies world-wide on customer-driven editorial integration to deliver multimedia content 24-7 across all platforms. I am currently working with a Prague publisher after completing projects in Washington and Oslo. I am the lead editor of the annual “Innovations in Magazines World Report” INNOVATION creates for the world association of magazines (FIPP) reviewing the world’s best print and digital magazine innovations. I speak at media conferences world-wide on media innovation, including presentations in Seoul, London, Riyadh, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, San Jose (Costa Rica), etc.
  • BostonNOW
    Editor in Chief, 2006 - 2007
  • The Washington Examiner
    Founding Editor, 2004 - 2005
  • Boston Metro
    Editor in Chief, 2002 - 2003
  • AOL/Digital City Boston
    Editor in Chief, 1997 - 2001
  • The Informed Patient
    CEO/Editor, 1995 - 1996
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Marshfield, MA (a suburb of Boston)
Previously
Garrett Park, MD
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MEDIA: John consults with media companies world-wide on customer-driven editorial integration to deliver multimedia content 24-7 across all platforms. EDUCATION: John created Degrees2Dreams to empower college students and recent grads to leverage social media in landing their dream job to launch their career.
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Innovation Media Consulting:

As a senior director at Innovations Media Consulting of London, I consult with magazine and newspaper companies worldwide on implementing newsroom integration and digital innovation. I have spoken about media innovation at conferences in London, Riyadh, Vienna, Seoul, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Oslo, Stockholm, etc. I edit the annual "Innovations in Magazines World Report" for the world association of magazines.

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Degrees2Dreams:

I am creating a company to help students and recent grads leverage the power of social media to find the job of their dreams. Degrees2Dreams, launching in summer 2013, will train students to showcase their skills, raise their profiles in their fields, build a network of powerful people, and stand out from the crowd. We will help them create:

• Interactive resumes with QR codes linking to videos of themselves and their best reference
• "Me sites" to serve as their digital portfolios
• "Passion blogs" to showcase their skills and raise their profile in their field
• Social media marketing campaigns to bring themselves to the attention of the key players in their niche
• And informational interviews to build a network of powerful people who can help them land that first job.

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Prior to Degrees2Dreams, I started a company to recruit high-quality bloggers for major media companies (including Reuters, Christian Science Monitor, Scripps Newspapers, GlobalPost, LA Times) to increase the breadth and depth of the company's content offerings and their relevance, readership, reach and revenue. 

Over 40 years in media, I have built successful print and online companies from scratch and rebuilt existing publications to capture new markets, achieve new revenues, increase readership, realize savings, and create prize-winning content.  

Highly effective motivator known for using innovative team-building methods. Experienced, energetic public speaker.
Bragging rights
Boston's longest-running performer (16 years) as the "Mother Ginger" character (a 12-foot tall "woman" with 12 young ballerinas under my "skirt") in "The Nutcracker" with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Also, I am the founder of Hot Shots Soccer, a program for girls ages 2-10 that builds self-esteem and athletic skills using puppets, parachutes, pillow fights, and other non-traditional training methods. More than 4,000 girls have graduated in the last 16 years. I am also a long-board surfer, gardener, and (very) amateur water-color painter
Education
  • University of Kansas
    Education, 1968 - 1972
  • Georgetown Prep
    High School, 1964 - 1968
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