McKenzie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

MCKENZIE ERICKSON

Marketing Coordinator
Benetech

“Put the emphasis on your strengths; invest in your strengths.”

INTERESTS:

Art Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Confidence Honesty Passion Choices Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

advocate, art, books, business, college, community, confidence, creativity, design, dyslexia, education, family, goals, ideas, learning, learning disability, marketing, nonprofit, publishing, value

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Diagnosed with dyslexia when she was in the third grade; says she was very outgoing and bright, but she simply couldn’t read.
  • After that diagnosis, she was placed into special education classes, but still chose to keep her dyslexia a secret from many of her friends.
  • Constantly trying to hide her dyslexia got to be too big a weight to carry, and she had to take a semester off of school to reevaluate her needs.
  • When she was applying to college, she looked for programs that would be able to better help her.
  • She chose Landmark College, a university that caters specifically to dyslexic students.
  • At Landmark, she wasn’t the odd one out; everyone was tackling their education and overcoming their struggles together.
  • After that experience, she felt empowered to go on to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
  • She currently works at Benetech marketing a program called Bookshare, an online library of ebooks for people with reading disabilities.

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