An award-winning travel writer with a decade of editorial experience, Stacy H. Small (pictured here with her parents) spent the past six years as a senior editor with Travel Agent Magazine, the last two based in Los Angeles as the trade publication's West Coast editor. Prior, she covered the airline industry for the weekly magazine from its Manhattan headquarters, following a stint as the Caribbean editor.
Upon graduation from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 1991, the Rochester, NY-native began her editorial career at Caribbean Travel and Life magazine, a bimonthly consumer travel magazine based in Washington, DC. Over the past 10 years, Small has traveled to more than 100 cities and dozens of countries worldwide, covering industry events, conducting product reviews, meeting with top travel suppliers, interviewing high-level executives, and reporting on current events. Small has written about destinations, hotels, airlines, ski resorts, spas, and travel industry news and attractions‹as well as health, fitness, real estate, business, entertainment, life style and restaurants‹for dozens of consumer and trade magazines and web sites.
Recognizing the growing demand for quality content‹on the web and in print‹Small resigned her post at Travel Agent in May 2000 to launch TheWriteCrowd.Com. She currently serves as president and chief content provider of the Marina del Rey, CA-based company and oversees a growing network of writers who are regularly tapped to provide editorial content on a myriad of subjects for magazines, web sites, and companies.
Small's work has appeared in publications including Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Travel Counselor, Courier Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Men's Fitness, Shape, Spa Magazine, Unique Homes, Valley, Sky Magazine, Brentwood, Angeleno, Agenda NY, American Demographics, and Daily Variety. A former columnist for Worth.com and TheStreet.com, Small is the editor of FAR&WIDE News- a monthly internal newsletter published for FAR&WIDE Travel - and she oversees content development for the Travel Industry Outlook, a weekly newsletter commissioned by the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Additionally, Small is a consultant to and content provider for several travel-related firms, and speaks regularly to companies about the value of online content and how to adapt their business model in the changing world. She resides in Marina del Rey and is an active member of the Venice Interactive Community (VIC) and Women in Technology International(WITI).
Stacy H. Small answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies
did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to
women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive
impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?
On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not),
who would they be?
2. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
4. What is your definition of success?