Erica Lee Schlaikjer


Occasionally, I write things.

Occasionally, I write things.



5 Minutes with Benjamin Von Wong (Collide, Apr 11, 2019)

52 mission-led, female-founded startups we love right now (Collide, Mar 18, 2019)

5 ways optimism can be a force for social impact (Collide, Feb 26, 2019)


18 in ’18: The Next Generation of Voter Registration Campaigns (Collide, Oct 26, 2018)

On the Day of the Girl, Where My Boys At? (Collide, Oct 12, 2018)


20 of our favorite “wild thoughts” at TEDxVeniceBeach (Medium, Oct 19, 2017)

Trifecta of goodness: a model for social impact integrity (Medium, Oct 3, 2017)

“Chasing Coral” to Save Humanity (Medium, Jul 11, 2017)

Revitalizing Rural Communities through Shared Missions (Medium, May 19, 2017)


The Sexiest Do-Gooder Things of 2015 (Live FAST Magazine, Dec 30, 2015)

Interview Series: Dan Goldman (Live FAST Magazine, Dec 17, 2015)

Beta-Testing Empathy With TableTribes (The Huffington Post, Jun 28, 2015)


Interactive Artist Explores "Human Connection" in the Digital Space (The Huffington Post, Mar 13, 2014)


Unleash the Power of Your Stories (The Huffington Post, Sep 20, 2013)

Painting the Town in Taiwan (National Geographic, Aug 9, 2013)

New Film Shows Girls Rising from Plight to Power (The Huffington Post, Feb 1, 2013)

$200k Filmmaker Competition Showcases Socially Conscious Art and Media (The Huffington Post, Feb 1, 2013)

How Sundance Filmmakers Took a Stand for Social Justice (The Huffington Post, Jan 29, 2013)

Sundance Filmmaker David France on Activism and Starting a Movement (The Huffington Post, Jan 23, 2013)


Three Case Studies of Transcendent Branding (TriplePundit, Nov 6, 2012)

The Art and Sustainability of Craft Beers (TriplePundit, Nov 5, 2012)

Health Insurer Humana Gamifies Fitness (TriplePundit, Oct 29, 2012)

Mobile Technology: Are Women “Getting It” More than Men? (TriplePundit, Oct 27, 2012)

"Digital Warriors" Experience Technical Difficulties (Social Media Week, Feb 26, 2012)

Quotables from #socialmediaproblems (Social Media Week, Feb 17, 2012)

How One Microgiving Campaign Produced Macro Results (Social Media Week, Feb 17, 2012)


Benevolent Media (2010 - present) — my personal blog about storytelling and design for good. (2008 - 2012) — a blog produced by my former employer,, exploring sustainable solutions to the problems of urban mobility. As Managing Editor, I wrote and edited posts on a daily basis; recruited new writers; created an editorial guide for our globally distributed team of contributors; managed the editorial calendar; and led the re-design of site in 2012.

Crain's Chicago Business (2007 - 2008) — a weekly business newspaper in Chicago, where I wrote for the "Focus" features section about the rise of the Latino workforce, Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, minority-owned small businesses, and profiles of "40 Under 40" business leaders.

Taiwan Business TOPICS (2008) — a monthly magazine produced by The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, where I wrote feature stories about corporate social responsibility, recycling, and aboriginal cultural tourism.

The Chicago Reporter (2007) — a nonprofit investigative news organization where I spent my "Teaching Media" residency while attending the Medill School of Journalism.


My Favorite Places to Visit in LA…So Far (Oct 3, 2018)

Love Letter to Los Angeles (Apr 28, 2018)

A creative response to “This is Not a Small Voice” by Sonia Sanchez (Jan 15, 2018)

How to Keep the Magic Alive: My First Summer in Los Angeles (Aug 13, 2017)

Welcome to California (May 31, 2017)