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Emily Bennington

Emily Bennington


Who Says It's a Man's World

Charleston, WV

Founder of Awake Exec: Mindful Wisdom at Work. Exploring the intersection of doing and being.






"Don't wait for a powerful career to inhabit the space of a powerful person." - Marianne Williamson

Introduction to Awake Exec: Mindful Wisdom at Work

This is a short video for Awake Exec, a 7-day course that provides an introduction to mindful leadership for professionals. Mindfulness is an essential business tool because it teaches you how to stay composed no matter what life throws at you. (And who doesn't need that? :)

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Work+Space Conscious Career Design


With Work+Space, my goal is to curate a site where topics like mindfulness, leadership, and spirituality can be discussed as part of our whole being in mature, inclusive ways. These are the discussions that truly matter because they remind us that our connection to each other is not only all we have – it’s all there is.

Dixon Hughes

Director of Marketing and Development

As Marketing and Development Director for Dixon Hughes, I was responsible for the annual marketing budget for our region, as well as programs and sponsorships designed to expand the firm's presence in the business community. (This was my first corporate job and many of the lessons learned here made their way into Who Says It's a Man's World.)

University of Charleston

Part-time Faculty (Course Instructor)

I taught a graduate-level course entitled “You 2.0: How to Manage and Enhance Influence Through Social Media Marketing" back when social media was super-new. Most of the students weren't on Twitter then and I remember spending A LOT of time trying to convince them of why it was a good idea to engage these platforms.

Maple Creative

Marketing Director

This was my first job out of college and my boss was Skip Lineberg (pictured here circa 2005). At my very first performance review Skip said he wanted to promote me but I needed to earn the respect of the team first. His mentoring and advice to help me do that became our first book, Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space, and it's in that space you choose how you wish to respond." - Stephen Covey

University of Pittsburgh

B.A., Communications & English Writing

No words for how much I loved college and loved being at Pitt. Between three study abroad trips (London twice, Paris once) and taking classes every day in the gorgeous Cathedral of Learning, so much of who I am was shaped in just four years at this incredible uni.

Capital High School

They say you gain your besties in college and, while I met some dear ones there, most of my closest friends are from high school - and I love that. :)