Erica Lee Schlaikjer


Press play to watch me speak at the CatalystCreativ Speaker Series in Las Vegas

TALKS & honors

WeDC Ambassador at SXSW (March 2016, Austin, Texas) — I was chosen by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) as 1 of 9 #WeDC brand ambassadors to represent the District.

99U Local Ambassador (September 2015, Washington, D.C.) — I was selected as an ambassador to organize 1 of 28 events worldwide, offering practical creative career and business advice from exceptional Washington, D.C. locals who make ideas happen.

CatalystCreativ Speaker (April 2015, Las Vegas) — I was invited to speak about “Creating Community Through Storytelling, Film, & Arts,” in partnership with the Downtown Project.

StartingBloc Fellow (August 2012, New York) — I participated in the 5-day leadership Institute for social entrepreneurs and leaders.


"Creative Placemaking through Art + Design" at Rural Summit, hosted by Blue Sky Center (May 2017, New Cuyama, CA)

"Mom, God & Dove: The Origins of Branded Virtue" at ContraryCon, hosted by iStrategyLabs (June 2016, Washington, D.C.)

"Women in Digital: Tech, Inclusion and Innovation" at PR Summit, hosted by Capitol Communicator (June 2016, Washington, D.C.)

"DC Millennials: Making Change at the Intersection of Tech and Social Good" panel discussion, hosted by Sapient (July 2015, Washington, D.C.)

"Activism" at the Social Learning Summit, hosted by American University (April 2015, Washington, D.C.)

"1 Million Views: Now What?" & "Communicate With Purpose" at the Social Action Summit, hosted by LearnServe International and American University (February 2015, Washington, D.C.)

"Nerds in NoMa: The Power of Paint," hosted by NoMa BID (February 2015, Washington, D.C.)


"CapComm Lab," School of Communications, Howard University (Fall 2016, Washington, D.C.)

"Public Speaking & Pitching," Master of Professional Studies in PR & Corporate Communications, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (February 2016, Washington, D.C.)

"Entrepreneurial Journalism," Master of Professional Studies in Journalism, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (October 2015, Washington, D.C.)

events & festivals

The third annual Media Rise Festival brought together more than 700 attendees at 10 venues across Washington, D.C. to hear 40 speakers share ideas on the power of storytelling, art and design to make the world a better place. As the co-founder and festival director, I oversaw the overall vision and strategy for Media Rise, which also organized city meetups and other special projects to promote meaningful media.

Watch the recap:

Hosting a panel discussion at the 2015 Media Rise Festival in Washington, D.C.