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Join me for a training series that explores digital leadership, engagement, and community building with practitioners leading the way online. My workshops, webinars, and panels offer a deeper dive into best practices that will inspire meaningful connections on your campus.

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What really works for building a community

What really works in digital engagement for building a community?

Without proper strategy and planning, digital engagement and online community building can make you feel like a lost fish surfing on the internet.

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Forecasting Fall 2021 for Social Media Managers

From new perspectives and reaffirmed emotions, this session explores how we plan future content with vision, advocate for digital community building needs, and “going with the flow” while higher education figures out Fall 2021.

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Training and empowering students

Training and Empowering Students as Digital Community Builders

If you are thinking of recruiting students as social media managers for your team, this conversation will get you thinking strategically on how to hire, train, and empower students to be purposeful digital community builders for your campus.

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Student Leaders as Social Media Managers

There is no expert other than students themselves who can better understand, connect, and engage with issues close to their hearts. When higher ed pros provide students with adequate training, resources, and guidance campus social …

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How communities will help rebuild higher ed

How Digital Communities Will Help Higher Ed Rebuild

Higher education is in a state of repair; rebuilding as we sprint toward the next academic calendar. Will your campus go back to business as usual? Start over? Reimagine?

While the evolution of the value of social media remains to be fully seen, it’s safe to say that the pandemic brought to light many ways these tools are powerful. 1. The power of online community. 2. The necessity of a highly skilled digital community manager. 

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Building digital communities for first-gen

Building Digital Communities for First-Generation Students and Graduates

For first-generation college students, their navigation and challenges don’t stop with graduation – it carries on in their graduate school and professional lives. In November 2020, a group of scholars, educators, and advocates shared their stories as first-gen students and graduate students. They further explored how intersectionalities showed up in first-generation students’ professional career and postgraduate life, as well as success in using digital space to raise awareness, build communities, and extend student support.

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About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership speaker, consultant and coach. 

She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals and company executives how to humanize tech and prioritize building online community over traditional marketing methods. She also serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. She is extensively published and maintains an active blog ( and podcast (Josie & The Podcast) which have received accolades from EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"It's not about platforms. It's about  people."

-Dr. Josie Ahlquist, in Digital Leadership in Higher Education

She received her doctorate from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University and majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University. She graduated in 1999 from Newcaslte High School, serving as both the student body president her senior year and vice president her junior year. Josie resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Lloyd Ahlquist and their three rescue-fur babies.

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