About the Puttyteam

About Emilie & Puttylike | About the Puttyteam

For the first three years, I ran Puttylike by myself. As the site grew, I gradually started bringing other smart, creative, curious multipotentialites on board. And now? I couldn’t be more proud to say that I work alongside some of the most interesting and passionate people around. Allow me to introduce… The Puttyteam!

xo,
Emilie

Joel Zaslofsky // Puttytribe Connections + Operations Officer

Joel is the Connections + Operations Officer for the Puttytribe, the podcaster behind Smart and Simple Matters, and gives away his best resources at JoelZaslofsky.com. When he’s not enjoying nature, making his wife smile, or playing with his two young sons around Edina, Minnesota, Joel’s busy experimenting, being Paleo, reigniting his personal renaissance, and Experience Curating.

Neil Hughes // Staff Writer and Puttytribe Moderator

Neil is the author of Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, a comical and useful guide to life with anxiety. Along with writing more books, he puts his time into standup comedy, computer programming, public speaking and other things from music to video games to languages. He struggles to answer the question “so, what do you do?” and is worried that the honest answer is probably “procrastinate.” You can find him at walkingoncustard.com and on Twitter as @enhughesiasm.

Valerie Wernet // Managing Editor and Social Media Manager

Valerie is the mastermind behind largeMirror textiles, a lover of all things text-related and an alchemist in the kitchen. She appreciates the finer things in life, like weather and silence. Emilie Wapnick is her wife and she is Emilie’s wife. Valerie holds an MFA in Writing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and an interdisciplinary BA from The Evergreen State College.

Nat Smith // Puttytribe Community Facilitator & Word Maestro

Nat uses her creative writing skills with the Puttytribe-wide newsletters, helps new puttypeep feel welcome, interacts with potential members (a.k.a. the public), and generally helps to make sure that everyone feels supported. Her trifecta is the intersection of creativity, self-growth, and relationships. Right now, she writes plays, but is also a teacher and informal coach invested in how story and connection impact our lives.

Erika Backberg // Puttytribe Events Jedi

Erika is our master for everything related to Puttytribe events. From workshops to special activities and the ever-present huddles, she’s your woman. She also loves the intersection of people, systems, creativity, mindful transformation, community, service, and innovation (a.k.a. cultural design). At its most fundamental level, her work is about helping others to uncover their own potential.