Keri Ellen Tietjen is an International Business Coach and Executive Brand Strategist. For the first 15 years of her adult life, she learned things “the hard way,” becoming a military spouse and young mother of two by the time she was 20 years old. As a wife of an Army sniper, Keri learned adaptability, empowerment, and resilience due to the challenges of being a military spouse and an acting single parent.
Keri always knew she had more to contribute to the world, and despite those difficult formative years, she was able to achieve some major goals in her life. She got her first writing job at age 19, started multiple businesses by the age of 30, had a successful blog at 31, and had her first six-figure income by the age of 32. At 35 years old, Keri’s marriage ended traumatically, pushing her to reach for her dreams.
She had a successful career in Talent Acquisition, in industry fields such as Civil Service, Finance, Retail, Food & Beverage, Entertainment, and even worked for fortune 500 companies. However, at that point, Keri was ready to make her dreams happen and moved cross-country to New York City from California. After spending some time in New York, Keri went even further – she hopped on a plane to Bali in search of a nomadic life, or the life of a “Digital Nomad.” This experience helped and inspired Keri to lay the foundation for her own business.
Now, after 4 years of traveling, living in 10 countries in 4 years, and visiting 37 different countries, Keri left the comfort of a corporate position to dedicate herself to her brand, The Wildfire Group.
After her experience managing global teams, Keri became passionate about supporting and encouraging personal growth, as well as addressing corporate culture and employment brand strategy:
Hence Keri runs several businesses with different services, but with the same mission. At Wildfire Spark, their focus is on the individual. They provide services such as executive career coaching and empowerment advisory, and at The Digital Nomad Career Coach, she helps individuals who want to chase a lifestyle like hers, but don’t know where to start with a portable career. At The Company Hearth, they focus on cultivating and defining the company culture and offer services such as employment brand strategy, corporate culture audits, training on inclusiveness & diversity, and talent acquisition advisory.
Hence, this is where Keri and the services provided by her companies come in. In the past, people used to stay working in the same company for their entire careers, however, there is no real job stability nowadays as people jump around every 2-3 years.
Having kids at such a young age and facing life or death with her husband going to war twice before she was 30 years old, Keri had a unique perspective on life. Because of her life experiences and empathy, her businesses are focused on providing a platform for people to speak, listen, and collaborate.
Currently, Keri is launching her newest venture, The Good Sh*t Co, an e-commerce boutique that is focused on curating collections from small businesses and co-ops. Their products range from limited apparel collections, accessories, jewelry, home goods, wellness products, and gifts from him/her/they. Furthermore, Keri and her team continue to expand and are in the process of adding a partners and services directory, so that they can refer their readers directly to small businesses that can help improve their quality of life.