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    Vanessa M. Buenger

    Director of Marketing & Content

    What inspires Vanessa? Great music, thought-provoking conversation, inspiring theatre, trying new food, exploring new destinations, and laughter—lots of laughter.

    Vanessa is the director of marketing & content for Chicago Ideas, heading up content, marketing, and digital strategy across all mediums. Vanessa is responsible for telling the stories of the Chicago Ideas brand and community in an effort to keep the conversations inspired by Chicago Ideas programs going.

    Prior to joining the Chicago Ideas team, Vanessa was the head of growth marketing for New York-based media startup Love Stories TV. She cut her content marketing chops as a social media manager for beauty subscription and retailer Birchbox, which led her to head up social strategy for fitness manufacturer Life Fitness, and ultimately end up as the first hire at Love Stories TV, building the community from the ground up.

    Vanessa is a natural storyteller and began her career as such on the stage, having earned her Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Towson University in Maryland.

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