Venessa Paech is an internationally renowned communities and content expert.
Previous roles include Senior Manager for Content and Community at REA Group, Global Communications Head for Envato, Head of Community at Lonely Planet and Managing Editor at Arts Hub. She has worked extensively with diverse organisations ranging from multi-national brands to start-ups on effective story-telling, community building and innovation practices.
In 2009 Venessa founded the Australian Community Manager Roundtables and in 2011 she co-founded Swarm, Australia’s national community management conference.
With her Swarm co-founder Alison Michalk, Venessa runs the Australian Community Managers group on Facebook (over 2,000 community and social media managers around Australia). In 2015, she released the Australian Community Management career survey with Quiip and Dialogue Consulting and in 2016 Alison and Venessa launched the inaugural practitioner-created Code of Ethics for Australian social media professionals.
Venessa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (USA) and an MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton (UK). She is a published scholar on online communities, and an in-demand speaker, educator and consultant on our digital lives and identities.
Venessa is a giant, proud nerd who met her husband on an X-Files fan forum in the early 1990s.
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