Service is her passion; Writing is her platform; Uplifting women and the Black Community is her purpose.
Shala Marks is a writer, editor and soon-to-be author. Shala’s stories have been published in a variety of newspaper, magazine and online formats, including The Arizona Republic, The Daily Herald, Arizona Foothills Magazine, and various classroom magazines of children’s book publisher Scholastic Inc. During 2012-14, Shala was the online editor for career networking platform, Recruiter.com, where she wrote 800+ extensive and thought-provoking articles. She is also a frequent contributor to African American blogs.
In 2014, Shala was awarded the highly-competitive ProInspire Fellowship, which prepares young business professionals for social impact. In her fellowship role, she served as a communications manager for a local Northern Virgina non-profit where Shala developed and strategized two successful social media campaigns:
- More Than a Box social media campaign promoted awareness and strengthened the organization’s brand identity around its annual care package program for 2,500+ foster youth.
- #journeytosuccess social media campaign engaged the organization's 2015 Aim Higher Fellows while promoting program and organizational value to stakeholders.
In 2013, Shala served as moderator of a panel discussion for an exclusive product launch release party for job search app Apploi. She directed the discussion of current technology trends alongside panel members Adam Lewis (Innovate CV CEO), Joshua Waldman (author) and Co-founder of Facebook and MyBarackObama.com Chris Hughes.
That same year, Shala was an on-air guest on Huff Post Live's "In Praise of Humble First Jobs" where she shared insights on how a humble first job changes your perspective on work.
Shala received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She graduated summa cum laude and held a place on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters.
Shala attained numerous achievements during her collegiate career. She was 1st runner-up in the United Press International National Journalism Writing contest where her essay received national publication. She was the recipient of the Phoenix Press Club Scholarship, the American Muslim Women’s Association Scholarship for minority women and the Spirit of Service Scholars Scholarship. She was a Barack Obama Scholars Program mentor and crowned Miss Black & Gold and Miss Academic 2012 in the Alpha Phi Alpha 2012 Miss Black & Gold Scholarship pageant.
Shala worked at seven consecutive journalism internships throughout her undergraduate years. During a reporting internship in 2011, she was featured on the front page of The Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and acknowledged for her story, “A legacy of service,” on the life and passing of the first black man to become a secret service agent.
Shala is passionate about social justice, women's issues and images and representation of the Black Community. Her life-long focus through writing and many other future endeavors is to educate, uplift and help improve the state of all women and African-Americans. Using her “conscious voice” writing style, Shala aspires to demonstrate The Craft of Writing, and the Art of Efficacy.
Shala stands on the scripture Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”