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A NOTE FROM

OUR FOUNDER

MEREDITH DEAN

I started to brand myself at a very young age -- using HTML coding to make a customized MySpace profile that represented me authentically to my friends and family. Fast forward to the start of my freshman year at The University of Georgia, I created a logo, personal website/online portfolio, and business card. This strong digital brand created legitimacy as a student, allowing me to present myself well even before meeting potential employers for jobs or internships.

 

Thanks to my digital brand and intentionality with authentic networking, I landed internships at Fox 5 & CNN in Atlanta, Georgia and Terre Des Langues in Tours, France. After college, I landed my first job as Deborah Norville's Executive Assistant at Inside Edition in New York City and am currently the Manager and On-Air Personality at Ryan Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

 

In 2015, I wanted to combine my passions for branding, tech, design, telling peoples' stories, coaching young professionals, my family's non profit in Western Kenya, and empowering women. After a couple of sleepless nights of planning and web design in my tiny NYC apartment, the idea for The Dean's List Services International, Inc. was born. At 22, I founded my own tech start-up to help digitally brand young professionals and score them the job of their dreams through a showcasing of their accomplishments. By 2016, The Dean's List was incorporated and ready for clients all over the world.

The Dean's List goal is to empower individuals -- students, young professionals, pageant contestants, small businesses, actors, journalists, models, non-profits -- you name it -- with our services.  In this fast-paced and ever-changing landscape, you need to make your best first impression on the web and we help you put your best foot forward. And we have a proven track record of starting people on a path to success. Entirely powered by a diverse community and female-led, The Dean's List is all about human empowerment, breaking industry stereotypes, owning your worth, and changing the world one client at a time.

 

Best part? We donate a percentage of every branding package to empowering women and alleviating poverty in Western Kenya. My proudest accomplishment is donating a girls dormitory in Western Kenya -- all thanks to profits from TDL clients. 

Outside of building digital brands for clients worldwide, TDL hosts diverse events focused on building community including Dinners, Meetups, EmpowerCon, and Charlotte’s first and only 20 Under 20 Awards. Through these events, my mission is to help diverse people connect with one another, sharing each other's stories to make the world a better, more empathetic place. Part of this vision includes propelling the effort to build a global community of empowered women who will help one another succeed, while mentoring girls who are ascending the career ladder so that we can get more than 5% of female CEOs into the Fortune 500.

 

The Dean's List has built a strong, empowered network that believes in collaboration over competition. We hope to work with you and continue a strong partnership going forward.

 

 

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