Posts by Maria Keenan

Maria Keenan

Wigs, Women, and Workshops - The Event Round-Up

Wigstock was a New York-based festival for Drag Queens in the 1990s.

This was at the height of RuPaul's gender-bending music career which made way for the lyrics, "It don't matter what you wear, they're checking out your savoir-faire. And, it don't matter what you do, cause everything looks good on you, Supermodel."

Through a more apolitical exploration of gender than drag (my undying passion for RuPaul's Drag Race aside), I've spent my whole life trying to figure out what being a woman means. 

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It's Really Very Simple: The Tito Event Round-Up

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

- Captain Jim Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series

As my previous efforts with the Tito blog would imply, I love words. And, as with most romances, there's a twinge of jealousy attached to my ongoing affair with language.

That is to say, I can't code. 

I find the concept of figuring out how to use CSS declarations about as easy as learning the periodic table by heart. In Basque. Backwards. And I'm on fire.

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3 Ways to See the Value of Events Even if They Didn't Help You Sell

Matthieu Gauthier is the Head of Marketing at Mention, a French HQ’d organization that aims to help those in events and beyond to monitor how their brands are perceived online.

In a previous life, he was the Territory Manager for French sales at HubSpot, so he professionally grew up with a deep appreciation of how marketing affects salespeople’s ability to close business.

With that in mind, I wanted to talk to Matthieu (pictured below) to see what the value of events can be, even if almost no one buys something after attending them.

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A Funny, Little, Weekly Event Round-Up

Babies laugh, on average, 400 times a day; people over 35, only 15.

- Alison Beard for Harvard Business Review

For me, the end of the week is usually a blend of exhaustion and euphoria; I've cleared a lot off my plate and am about to reach into the infinite potential of two days that I haven't made a schedule for. 

Friday, in short, is a time where my brain can only really process tying up loose ends, planning the bulk of what I need to do the next week, and finding terribly great jokes on the internet. 

Why don't you join me?

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A Very Irish Event Round Up

I went to Poland last week and discovered that they really like cabbage and building chandeliers out of salt.

Unfortunately, on the first day of my trip, the rich cultural legacy of the eastern European city I visited was reduced, in my view, to a few pierogi.

This was a result of my travel fatigue making me act like a grumpus, but it made me think about how I would want my homeland to come across to those planning to or thinking about visiting it.

With that, I wanted to share a uniquely Irish event round up to show that there's more to my own people than eating raw potatoes after six pints*:

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