Welcome to Ginna Foster Cannon’s website.
Who am I? I am someone who loves connecting people, places and ideas.
There is nothing more satisfying than researching and putting together a project, program or partnership that hits the mark and helps people think about an issue a new way and provides actionable next steps. As both a historian and marketer, I believe in the power of compelling stories, preservation and authenticity. In fact, I wrote a whole dissertation on the subject.
But storytelling alone is not enough. Information needs to reach out and grab someone. This means good copy, powerful images and flexibility to connect in multiple formats. To maximize reach and potential impact, it’s key to establish strategic partnerships.
Recently, I signed on to be the Director of Cultural and Heritage Tourism for Rutherford County! It’s a newly created position focused on promoting the places, stories and experiences that make the area unique from historic sites to festivals to the arts. I started on August 15, 2018.
I received my PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in December 2017. I am currently continuing my research on Tennessee’s historic hotels as community landmarks and drivers of economic development as a Fellow at MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation. I serve as the VP in charge of programming for the League of Women Voters of Nashville and a Board member for Tennessee Craft serving on the Community Engagement Committee. I am also a poll worker for Davidson County and have participated in voter registration drives at local high schools. Prior to receiving my doctorate, I ran my own PR business in Nashville including the well received monthly program called Evening with an Author and served in various business development roles at McGraw-Hill. I have a MBA in Marketing and Management from Columbia Business School, an MLAS from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Harvard College.
I live in Nashville with my husband, daughter and a houseful of dogs. Please feel free to leave comments or contact me offline at email@example.com.
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