WELCOME TO DALLASITES101

YOUR 101 TO LIFE IN DALLAS

Dallasites101 began with two women, Lily and Kara, organically sharing their adventures on Instagram in 2015, one year after they both moved to Dallas. As transplants, they strived to encourage fellow Dallasites to go beyond their comfort zones and find a sense of place, joy and home in Dallas, and Texas as a whole.

A few months after their start, they recognized the need to go beyond the 'gram and create real experiences between businesses and Dallasites. From happy hours to bar crawls to yoga classes and beyond, they have hosted countless events that have cultivated personal relationships, increased local business sales and awareness, and fostered a sense of community. 

After more than five years, Dallasites101 remains one of the largest lifestyle Instagram accounts in Dallas, about Dallas.

Over time, it has also morphed into a localized media company, with Kara and Lily leaving their corporate roles to pursue Dallasites101 on a full-time. Dallasites101 aims to make Dallas a more accessible and fun place to live through daily content about everything involved in integrating into life here, from events to music to food to fitness and beyond!

Looking forward, we are excited to continue to contribute to shaping a future for Dallasites. 

 

Meet the Team

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LILY KRAMLICH-TAYLOR

FOUNDER/CO-CEO
LILY@DALLASITES101.COM

After graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in Economics and Business, Lily launched her career in global communications with Hill + Knowlton Strategies. From 2015 until the end of 2018, she was a critical part of the AT&T account team, guiding corporate communications and compiling competitive intelligence presented to top executives. Outside of her career, Lily is a member of the Collective 31, plays volleyball at Sandbar, and has served on the Slipper Club of Dallas board as well as the EarthX board. Lily is a big foodie, loves traveling and exploring new places or relaxing at home with her pup!

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KARA SHANNON

FOUNDER/CO-CEO
KARA@DALLASITES101.COM

After graduating with her B.A. from Hamilton College, Kara moved to Dallas for a career with Teach For America. For five years, she led marketing, communications and events work, and was dedicated to leadership and diversity training. She is a member of the Collective 31, Mckinney Avenue Transit Authority’s Young Professionals Board, and Junior Associates of DMA, as well as the Chair of Public Relations for the Junior League of Dallas. She loves being a dog mom to her mini bernedoodle, Daphne and an aunt to her adorable niece who lives in Milan, Olivia Noelle.


 

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MADISON DAVID

CONTENT SPECIALIST
MADISON@DALLASITES101.COM

Madison is a born and raised native of Dallas. From local eateries to community experiences, Madison's passion sources from the eternal buzz that Dallas provides. Her background comes from a wide range of creative strengths including photography, content creation, and visual design. She enjoys pouring her creativity into projects and creating aesthetic + engaging content for social media. In her spare time, Madison savors time with her significant other and puppy, traveling, and trying out new places!

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ABBY SCHIKEVITZ

CONTENT MANAGER
ABBY@DALLASITES101.COM

Abby took her talents to Dallas 4 years ago after earning a degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University.  Originally from Kansas City, Abby loves the hustle of Dallas and the constant restaurant openings, new fitness studios, and of course – the weather! 2 years ago, Abby earned her Graphic Design Professional Certificate from SMU and offers a wide variety of experience with brand management, graphic design, content creation, social media, and website design. Abby enjoys cooking and eating healthy, traveling around the world, and writing about what's going on around the Big D!


 

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CASSIDY WILSON

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CASSIDY@DALLASITES101.COM

Cassidy graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, where she studied Sociology and Advertising. She has always been fascinated with how brands create meaningful relationships with their target audiences and has worked in social media brand partnerships for over 3 years before joining the Dallasites101 team. Combining her love for travel and culture, Cassidy loves to explore all the new and historical Dallas gems in her free time as well as traveling across the world!

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ALYSSA THOMAS

EVENTS & MARKETING SPECIALIST

ALYSSA@DALLASITES101.COM

A born-and-raised Dallasite, Alyssa earned her BBA in Marketing & Management at Baylor University. After graduating, she returned to the lively Dallas buzz. Her background focuses on digital marketing and brand management, and she loves to create customizable and relatable content. Alyssa is passionate about trying different foods, exploring new spots and hosting events. Although she’s visited 18 countries around the globe, she still finds Dallas to be the best city in the world! 


 

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MADDIE MORRIS

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
MADDIE@DALLASITES101.COM

Born and raised in New York City, Maddie just made the move down to Dallas after graduating from Wake Forest University, where she studied Communication and Art History. Her background focuses on digital marketing and social media and she loves creating unique and memorable content for brands. As a lover of art and culture, Maddie loves exploring new cities around the world and is so excited to make Dallas her new home!

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AUTUMN MEHALKO

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
AUTUMN@DALLASITES101.COM

Born and raised in Dallas, Autumn has since lived in Europe before returning back to our big city. She brings a balance of creative force and pragmatic approach. With over 6 years of experience in office administration and business assistance, Autumn’s expertise keeps us on top of the small stuff so we can achieve our big goals. Autumn is also passionate about expressing art through dance, making craft coffee, and continuing to travel and experience more of the world with her husband!

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EVETTE ODHIAMBO

CONTENT ASSISTANT
EVETTE@DALLASITES101.COM

Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in North Texas, Evette  has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington & a minor in French. She began content creating for social media as a creative outlet to balance her science courses. Evette also runs her own baking company, but ultimately, wants to attend medical school to become a surgeon. In her free time, Evette enjoys hiking or jogging with her Husky, traveling, & pinning interior design inspiration on Pinterest.