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As Seen In

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.

Latest Programs

Integrating Advocacy Into Digital Communities

In September 2020, a group of educators came together to discuss ways that they amplified voices and experiences for marginalized communities. This panel explores how educators can integrate meaningful antiracist strategies into your online communities.

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Radio silence- tools to increase engagement

Radio Silence: Tools to Increase Engagement in a Quiet Online Community

By October 2020, most U.S. institutions have transitioned into a fully online or hybrid model due to COVID-19. As a result, there was an urgent need for higher ed to create an engaging community online for students to feel connected to their peers, staff, and campus. While creating a Facebook group is easy, facilitating conversations and prompting members to interact is a huge challenge and learning curve.

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Burned and Bruised

Burned & Bruised: How to Rebuild as Higher Ed Digital Community Builders

People are experiencing a new type of burnout since the pandemic. In May 2021, a group of supervisors and community leaders came together and discussed ways that we’ve experimented, succeeded, and failed at navigating drastic changes and supporting our team. As digital community builders, what did we learn that we must hold on to, versus what still needs to be thrown away?

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When morale is at an all-time low

When morale is at an all-time low: How to use digital platforms to lift up your community

In October 2020, many U.S. universities were tasked with finding ways to engage, comfort, and support students while navigating the world of online learning and online community like never before. As many people realized that COVID-19 will continue to impact university operations and student learning throughout 2020, a group of community builders came together to discuss ways to uplifting community morale via social media.

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Best practices v. reasonable expectations

Best Practices vs. Reasonable Expectations for Social Media Managers in Higher Ed

As the role of higher ed social media managers and the adoption and influence of platforms continues to evolve, establishing best practices and setting reasonable expectations for yourself, your team, and your institution is critical. …

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#DigLead Book Club

What does it really mean and look like to lead online? The #DigLead Book Club is a series of conversations with leaders featured in my book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World.

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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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Rebekah Tilley

Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Rebekah Tilley is the assistant vice president of communication and marketing for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In that role she supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the university, including its CASE Gold winning Iowa Magazine, and serves UICA in a variety of strategic communication efforts.

Previously she was the director of strategic communication for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and the director of communication for the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a Kentucky native and a proud alum of the University of Kentucky.

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