Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit world, the last 13 at 501creative, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. As resident extrovert at 501, she gives workshops, creates web content, facilitates focus groups, and eats a lot of chicken breast lunches. Previous to 501creative, Maryanne was a consultant at Vector Communications and the public relations officer for the City of University City.
Maryanne is currently writing her first book, Courageous Communication: Why Codependence Is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It, due out in January of 2018. She will be teaching nonprofit marketing at Washington University in January 2018.
Maryanne and her husband of 27 years, Jon Schmuke, adopted their three children, Patrick, AJ and Taylor, out of foster care. She is on the board at Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and has been a foster parent for Stray Rescue of St. Louis for 19 years. She is known for her love of ultra high heels, extra large Diet Cokes, and short karaoke rotations.