Hello! My name is Josie Ahlquist, lifetime learner, educator, triathlete, recent yoga addict, achieving doer, Wyoming native and proud to stand tall at 4’10.
In 2015 I graduated with my doctorate at California Lutheran University, studying Higher Education Leadership. It was in my program that I began to blog – which lead to becoming a full-time speaker and consultant, sharing my research on college students and supporting universities to engage more authentically with their campus community. My research looks at how leadership and social media are intertwined. To see more about my research, including published articles and featured videos head here.
I am drawn to challenging the norm of higher education, seeking innovations that will keep up with evolving technologies and needs of our students as well as, understanding and be preparing for the next wave of students.
I have been blogging for five years, with my first year completing a challenge writing 50 posts in 50 days. Now, I blog about higher education and social media, showcasing my research, insights and innovative practices in the field. I have fifteen years working in Higher Education, which started on college campuses but now exists from my home office in Los Angeles to whatever campus or conference I am speaking at. And I love it!
Uniquely, I am also part of the YouTube industry, as my husband Lloyd Ahlquist is a major content contributor online, as the executive producer, writer, and talent for one of the top YouTube channels called Epic Rap Battles of History. Known as EpicLLOYD, we are celebrating eight years of marriage and have been together since March 2003. Read about our story here and check out some of my YouTube appearances below.
Our family is composed of three rescue animals, a Russian blue cat named Isabelle, Parker a Border Collie/Lab/Boxer mix and Dakota a pit mix. It is quite an animal house! #AuntJosie is now a proud title and identity of mine, with two nieces and a nephew I will forever spoil and support.
Please join me on this adventure. Use the contact page to get in touch and follow me online!
YouTube Guest Appearances
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw