GINA CARROLL

Wordsmith

Gina began writing, blogging and speaking after leaving a large corporate law practice to raise her five children.  Also the author of 24 Things You Can Do with Social Media to Help Get into College, she is nationally recognized for her coverage of the parenting and family landscape, including relationships, digital fluency, parenting adolescents and getting into college. 

She co-found  Inspired Wordsmith, a writing, educational and authorship services company, which produces online writer's workshops for novice writers. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UCLA Law School. Her most popular Tell Your Story Workshop Series is now featured exclusively at StoryHouseLA. Her new book, A Story That Matters: A Gratifying Way to Write About Your Life, helps aspiring writers get their life stories written, polished and shared, based on Gina's belief that the storytelling universe needs more authentic and diverse voices.

 

Advocate

As a passionate advocate for families and children, Gina’s written for Moms Clean Air Force, as a Social Good Fellow for the UN Foundation and a blogging board member for Communities In Schools of Houston. She chairs the board of directors of the Houston Museum of African-American Culture, and is a proud executive board member of the American Leadership Forum, Class XXX.

Wife and Mother

Gina currently lives with her husband and children in Texas. The frenetic movement of her large family across the country (relocating, commuting, and traveling for sports and music) resembles something like the Ringling Brothers meets the Partridge Family road tour. They have lived in New York; San Francisco, Los Angeles and Woodside, California; and Houston, Texas (twice). Four of her children are now in college and beyond, and her youngest child is now on the cusp of adulthood.

In her thirty-one years of mothering, Gina has traversed the parenting landscape and bridged the many divides between career mom and homeschooling mom; stage mom and soccer mom; cool mom and disciplinarian. She has performed her PTA duties in a total of twenty-one schools, both public and private.

She is an avid reader and an aspiring tennis bum, who is currently plugging away on her first work of fiction.

 

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