We are thrilled to honor Macaroni Kid's 2019 Publisher of the Year, Julie Dikken.
Julie is a mother, wife, twin sister, lover of hiking and nature, and skilled DIY-er. She generously shares her many brilliant ideas with her fellow Macaroni Kid publishers and regularly inspires and motivates her MK sisters to take their own editions to new levels, all while making a name for herself in her local community.
It's always fun to check in with our newer publishers to see how they're doing and find out how we can best support them. Check out this email from Diana, publisher of Macaroni Kid Chicopee-Holyoke, MA, as she reflects on her first two months with Macaroni Kid.
Each year, Macaroni Kid Publishers across the country celebrate Macaroni Kid Act of Kindness Day (#MKAOKDay). MK-AOK Day is an extension of Macaroni Kid’s core mission to enrich the communities in which we live.
Macaroni Kid publishers come from all walks of life. Elementary school teachers. Corporate recruiters. NASA astronaut trainers. Payroll managers. We’ve got a little bit of everything when it comes to background.
Want to know why we do what we do? Why do we choose to enrich our communities and empower our colleagues? How do we put family first, but make sure to take care of ourselves? How and why do we put a focus on collaboration, kindness, dreams, creation, innovation, and mistakes?
One of the best things about being a publisher for Macaroni Kid is that you have friends everywhere you travel. Check out some of our publishers at play, enjoying experiences with each other that they wouldn't have had if it weren't for Macaroni Kid.
As an army of parents here at Macaroni Kid, we know the truth to the proverb “it takes a village.” We also know just how hard it is to find that village. Nicki Medford, Macaroni Kid publisher in Raleigh, NC, decided to do something to help the moms in her community find their tribe by hosting a speed dating event for women to find friends.
Congrats are in order for Katy Myers, our fabulous publisher in Pasadena-Severna Park, MD! On May 10, 2018, she was recognized by the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club as Citizen of the Year for the community work she has done in her community, particularly with her annual Act of Kindness appreciation event.
When I joined Macaroni Kid, I saw it as an opportunity to get out of my rut and help other moms in my similar situation. Filling my calendar and keeping my newsletter relevant and full of community events began to increase my subscriber numbers, slowly at first, and then like a tumbleweed effect, and it’s still growing!