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Jessi Craige Shikman


Whether it was moving from my native Canada to Texas, visiting family in Hungary, or spending a few months in Russia, I’ve always been struck by the importance of cutting across countries and cultures to find commonalities. And much of the way we connect comes down to language, whether it’s stumbling over a foreign one or finding exactly the right word in your native tongue. Simply put, words matter: the ones we choose, the way we order them, and most of all, how they add up to create stories.

I’m fortunate to have landed on a career that focuses entirely on stringing the right words together, and I’m incredibly grateful to be the Editor of theĀ First Round Review. It’s a rare opportunity to share the insights of entrepreneurs and leaders across a wide spectrum of disciplines and I’m grateful to be playing a small part in all the stories that have yet to be told.

Prior to First Round, I worked as a copywriter at Evernote, writing everything from blog posts to release notes and tweets. Before that, I worked at the McChrystal Group as a research, editing, and writing assistant on General Stan McChrystal’s New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. I then worked on broader content marketing initiatives for the consulting firm and ghostwrote for senior leaders, with their bylined articles appearing in HBR, Inc., Fortune and Entrepreneur.

I graduated from Georgetown with a BS in Foreign Service, majoring in Regional Studies. While in college, I spent a semester abroad in St. Petersburg and worked for a summer as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. Outside of work, you can find me taking entirely too many photos of my dog, Lincoln, or whipping up some baked goods that are full of flavor but free from gluten.