Today's guest, Gina DeLapa grew up in a small Midwestern town, as the youngest of four kids, she credits her work ethic to her entrepreneurial parents and her love for classic rock to her three older brothers. Her Midwest family raised a few eyebrows as she headed to Southern California in 2001 to pursue a Masters degree in counseling. But she brought her new skills home and became a full-time career counselor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
Bitten by the writing bug, Gina served as the editor of two national newsletters, Loose Change and Four Bits, a money columnist for Grand Rapids Magazine, and a career columnist for RelevantMagazine.com and CollegeJournal.com, now part of The Wall Street Journal.
As a business writer, she was always interviewing experts—now it was time to become one.
Five years later, she transitioned back to San Diego and began a five-year adjunct faculty role at her alma mater, while traveling the country to teach business etiquette to new college grads. Her clients included Deutsche Bank, Moss Adams, and Grand Valley State University.
Permanently set in Southern California, Gina is the creator of the Stuff You Already Know series that started as random notes in a red leather notebook of words of wisdom she wanted to record for her nephew, Adam which turned into a manuscript then a book & a series that's Gina’s full-time career.