Chandra K. Clarke

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Chandra K. Clarke (born July 1, 1972), is an author, columnist, and business woman.

Clarke began her career as a freelance journalist, working for several small weeklies and community newspapers in Southwestern Ontario, specializing in municipal affairs and agribusiness reporting, while completing a Bachelor of Arts at Athabasca University.[1] She then took a position as a managing editor before striking out on her own in 1997 to found Scribendi.com,[2] an editorial services company located in Chatham-Kent, Ontario that employs 200 people,[3] and can proofread over 1.5 million words per week.[4]

An advocate of space exploration, Clarke has been involved in several Canadian space advocacy groups, including the Canadian Space Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and Mars Society Canada. She received her MSc in space studies in 2003 from the University of North Dakota. She is featured in the book Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier (ISBN 1-894959-03-5). Her website to promote citizen science projects was a 2013 Webby Honoree.[5][6]

She is also known for her popular weekly humour column, published online and in print in several publications around the world. Formerly known as In My Humble Opinion, it is now simply published under her name. The column is an eclectic, humorous look at such universal issues as family, parenthood, and modern life, as well as the latest science and technology news.

Clarke also presents at conferences and panels on technology issues[7][8] and women in business.[9]

Awards and Honors[edit]

As an entrepreneur, Clarke has achieved prominence both at home and abroad. In 2009, she led the company to win Best in Class at the Interactive Media Awards,[10][11] and was a finalist for Best Canadian Entrepreneur, Best Overall Company of the Year, and Most Innovative Company of the Year at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, at ceremonies held in New York.[12] In 2010, her company won an International Business Award for Best Writing/Web Content, beating a much larger rival, Accenture, at ceremonies held in Istanbul.[13] In 2010 She was an Enterprising Woman of the Year finalist in Enterprising Women magazine,[14] as well as named "one of the top 25 most amazing women of the year" by Stiletto Woman Magazine.[15] In 2011 she was awarded the Woman Exporter Year award by the Organization of Women in International Trade Toronto chapter.[16]

In addition, she has been listed for three consecutive years on Profit W100, an annual ranking of Canada's top women entrepreneurs.[17][18][19][20][21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www2.athabascau.ca/aboutau/media/documents/OPEN_fall-winter2009.pdf
  2. ^ PR Newswire (February 18, 2010). "Scribendi.com Receives ISO Certification". TheStreet. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Buckner, Dianne (3 March 2013). "It's not just tokenism, women-run firms perform better". CBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Englert, Gianna. "Chandra Clarke". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ http://ckdp.ca/2013/04/15/local-blog-author-becomes-webby-award-honoree/
  6. ^ http://winners.webbyawards.com/2013/web/general-website/personal-blog-or-website/honorees
  7. ^ Canada. "Tech 2010". Globe and Mail. Canada. Retrieved October 18, 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ http://2012.canada30.ca/speakers/chandra-clarke/
  9. ^ Natalie MacNeil (September 25, 2009). "In Her Heels: Interview with Chandra Clarke of Scribendi.com". She Takes on the World. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Winners Gallery". Interactive Media Awards. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Wins Top Honors at 2009 Interactive Media Awards". Scribendi.com. February 12, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Stevie Awards For Women in Business: 2009 Honorees". Stevieawards.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The International Business Awards: Creative & Media Awards Category Honorees". Stevieawards.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2010 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards – Winners and Finalists". Enterprising Women. March 18, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/scribendi_inc/4815886815/. Retrieved 2 May 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Chandra Clarke Awarded The Women Exporter Award By OWIT". Chathem Kent Daily Post. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  17. ^ http://list.profitguide.com/rankings/w100/2010/ranking/Default.aspx?sp2=2&sc1=0&d1=a
  18. ^ http://www.profitguide.com/microsite/profitw100/2011
  19. ^ http://www.profitguide.com/microsite/profitw100/2012
  20. ^ http://www.chatelaine.com/living/budgeting/10-inspiring-success-stories-from-top-female-entrepreneurs/?gallery_page=10
  21. ^ http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/success-stories/virtually-perfect-w100-profile-41326

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