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@101MEDIA.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@101MEDIA.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.


 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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CASSIDY WILSON

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CASSIDY@101MEDIA.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!


 

EVENTS

Jenna

 

JENNA WATERS

EVENTS
JENNA@DALLASITES101.COM

Born and Raised in the Dallas area, Jenna loves getting to feel like a tourist in her own city with the constant new restaurant/business openings. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelors in Communication, and also studied abroad for a year in Barcelona, Spain earning her minor in Tourism & Hospitality. Jenna enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with her Australian Shepherd/Border collie mix, Milo. She is currently training for the Dallas BMW Marathon in December, and loves getting to explore different parts of Dallas while on her runs!


 

CONTENT

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MADISON DAVID

CONTENT MANAGER
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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ANNA MCSWIGGEN

CONTENT MANAGER
ANNA@DALLASITES101.COM

Anna is from San Diego and earned her degree in Psychology & Human Development from the University of California, Davis. She moved to Dallas with an itch to explore the vibrant city and experience everything it has to offer. Anna is completing her Digital Marketing professional certification from SDSU, and is passionate about creating an exceptional customer experience. Anna volunteers with The American Youth Literacy Foundation where she created and manages the youth tutoring program. When she’s not working or in school you can find Anna on the Katy Trail with her black lab, trying out new restaurants, or traveling.

Katie

KATIE FLEHARTY

CONTENT SPECIALIST
KATIE@DALLASITES101.COM

Katie is a born and raised Dallas native and enjoys getting to constantly explore all the hidden gems that the city has to offer! She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Strategic Communications and is passionate about photography, content creation and social media! She loves getting to combine those talents with her love for Dallas! When she’s not working you can find her at home with her Vizsla puppy Boone, sipping on an espresso martini or planning her next trip

Mitali

MITALI GHUGE

PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
MITALI@DALLASITES101.COM

After I graduated from Baylor in 2019, I moved to Dallas and started working at a local coffee shop as their Social Media Manager and Senior Content Creator. I've always loved digital media and connecting with locals to create content that shares their story and their brand. I also built a freelance company for social media management, videography and photography. I'm passionate about stories and I believe that our ability to connect with one another through our stories is the greatest gift we have. When I'm not working, I'm probably trying out new restaurants and parks around Dallas, cooking good food at home, or playing with my 2 cats.

Jenn

JENN HERNANDEZ

CONTENT SPECIALIST
JENNIFER@DALLASITES101.COM

Jennifer is a born and raised Dallas native with a dual degree in Marketing & Management from UT Arlington. She is passionate about building meaningful relationships for brands and their communities through her love of visual design, storytelling, social media and content creation. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys curating with other creatives, networking, cooking, bouldering and exploring new spots in the city! 


 

SOCIAL

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NATALIE DRAEGER

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
NATALIE@101MEDIA.COM

A Dallas girl at heart, Natalie was born & raised in the DFW area and has loved watching her favorite city flourish with exciting new businesses. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Marketing & Finance and stayed to get her MBA. Her passion for social media sparked when she launched her own social media consulting company in college and her favorite part about social media management is sharing in the successes of her clients & having a creative outlet across numerous industries. Natalie’s second language is puns & when she’s not brainstorming witty posts, you can find her traveling the world, at a fitness class, or hanging on a patio with friends.

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LAUREN BISSETT

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST 
LAUREN@101MEDIA.COM

Born and raised in Dallas, Lauren loves the hustle and bustle of the city and exploring all the new restaurants in Dallas! Lauren graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and Editorial Journalism. She has always been passionate about learning clients’ stories and making their vision come to life through social media strategy. Her adventurous and creative spirit goes beyond the workplace. When she’s not working, you can find her wandering around the Dallas Farmers Market, discovering new local coffee shops, and traveling to places she’s never been!

Angelina

ANGELINA CAZAR

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
ANGELINA@101MEDIA.COM

Angelina is born and raised in the DFW area and a Texas State University Alum. She is passionate about helping small businesses make their dreams into a reality through their social media platforms. Ever since she was little she always had an eye for content creation, copy writing, and social media which allowed her to see the world through a creative lens. When she is not working, you can find her playing with her golden doodle Luka, exploring Dallas, and planning the wedding of her dreams with her fiancé.

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BAILEY TURNER

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
BAILEY@101MEDIA.COM

Born and raised in Maine, Bailey is new to the Dallas area & loving every minute of it! Bailey is a University of Southern Maine alum and is always looking for new creative outlets. She’s passionate about social media strategy and creating premium content. In her spare time, you can find her with her puppy Charlotte, catching up on her favorite podcasts, and exploring her new city. While she’s always missing her friends and family back home, Bailey is thrilled about the new experiences & opportunities here in DFW!


 

AUSTINITES101

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TONI CRUSE

AUSTIN CITY MANAGER
TONI@AUSTINITES101.COM

Toni is an Austin native who is excited to become a tourist in her own city! She received her Marketing Communications degree from Ole Miss in 2016. Since then, she has gained valuable hands-on experience through social, experiential events and influencer marketing campaigns. When she’s not working, she’s probably planning her next outfit, spending time with family and friends, or learning how to turn everyone’s favorite recipes into something a bit more healthy

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REBECCA VENTURA

CONTRIBUTOR
REBECCA@DALLASITES101.COM

Rebecca attended the University of Texas at Austin for a degree in Youth & Community Studies. She works with local brands and fortune 500 companies alike for micro-influencer content creation and marketing. She’s passionate about the arts, adventure, and loves creating genuine human connections around the globe. Rebecca is a travel writer that’s been to 30 states and 10 countries (and counting)! She’s based in Austin but you can find her suitcase-in-tow all over the world. 


 

INTERNS

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EMMA WALL

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN
EMMA@DALLASITES101.COM

Emma, being a Texas girl at heart, found a way back to her roots in Dallas following her graduation from Chapman University. While in school, she studied both dance and entrepreneurship. Emma enjoys all things that involve creativity. Known as the girl who is always in charge of taking pictures, Emma carries a camera with her everywhere she goes. Capturing moments and memories is one of her favorite things to do. When Emma isn't behind the camera, she is teaching dance, exercising, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Phuong Vu

PHUONG VU

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN
PHUONG@DALLASITES101.COM

Phuong is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas studying Marketing with a concentration in Sales. Her passion for food photography, trying new cuisines, and discovering local restaurants has led her to start her own foodstagram @phuoody where she spotlights local businesses to help them get the recognition they deserve. Phuong brings a broad set of skills including social media marketing, photography, B2B sales, brand management, and much more. She has a passion for art, music, outdoor activities, and traveling. As a travel enthusiast, she has been to 18 countries and 29 states!

Bianca Amasha

BIANCA AMASHA

CONTENT INTERN
BIANCA@DALLASITES101.COM

Bianca graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2021 and is happy to be back home in Dallas doing what she loves. As a native Dallas resident she enjoys seeing the city grow and expand with new places! She has always loved staying on trends and applying the changing societal interests to companies and brands she was worked with. As someone who is multicultural herself, she has love for getting to know other cultures and appreciating them through traveling to foreign countries

Hallie Callison

HALLIE CALLISON

CONTENT INTERN
HALLIE@DALLASITES101.COM

Hallie is a Dallas girl born and raised! She recently moved back to her native city after attending Oklahoma State University earning a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Marketing. Hallie brings a broad set of social media experience, working with a wide variety of clients from fashion to sports and everything in-between! She loves the way social media can propel a brand through eye-catching photography and authentic messaging. On her days off, you can find Hallie going for a walk on the Katy Trail with friends, trying the newest vegan restaurant in town, or watching college football! Now that she’s back home, Hallie can’t wait to eat and explore her way through Dallas.

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CLAUDIA GUCCIONE

EVENTS INTERN
CLAUDIA@DALLASITES101.COM

Born and raised in a small town in Missouri, Claudia earned her BS in Business Management from the University of Missouri. After graduation, Claudia traveled the world for a few months before getting hired as a Sales and Marketing Assistant for a minor league baseball team out of Kansas City. She moved to Dallas in 2020 and has enjoyed exploring the city ever since. She is passionate about creating lasting memories through experiences and is excited to help bring events to the city of Dallas! Outside of work you can find her browsing an antique store or attempting to cook up a new recipe.

Alex Lumley

ALEX LUMLEY

EVENTS INTERN
ALEX@DALLASITES101.COM

Alex, a Los Angeles native, came to Dallas to pursue degrees in Marketing and Advertising. She is now a senior at Southern Methodist University and can't imagine ever leaving the area! Her favorite thing to do in Dallas is exploring all the neighborhoods the city has to offer, along with all their unique restaurants, shops and entertainment options.

Jasmine Aghazadeh

JASMINE AGHAZADEH

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
JASMINE@DALLASITES101.COM

Jasmine, born and raised in Austin, Texas, came to the DFW area to earn a dual degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising at Texas Christian University. Since moving here, she has fallen in love with Dallas. As she prepares to graduate in Spring 2022, she can’t wait to apply her experience and skills on the social media team at Dallasites101. Being a native Austinite, Jasmine grew up a foodie. She loves trying the latest and greatest local restaurants and being creative in the kitchen.

Shelby

SHELBY RODRIGUE

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
SHELBY@DALLASITES101.COM

Even though she was raised in Louisiana, Dallas has quickly become a second home for Shelby! She attended Northwestern State University where she received her bachelors degree with a major in Mass Communications and minor in Psychology. She splits her time between working for Neiman Marcus Group and content creation for our amazing clients! When Shelby is not working you can find her spending time with her black lab Murphy, shopping, or on a patio with her boyfriend & a drink in hand!

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RACHEL WAGNER

WEBSITE INTERN
RACHEL@DALLASITES101.COM

Raised a Clevelander but born a Dallasite, Rachel returned to the Big D to attend Southern Methodist University. There, she is pursuing a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. She has always enjoyed meeting new people, and trying new restaurants to blog bout. While not studying or working, you can find her at the Boulevard cheering on the Mustangs or searching for a pint of Graeter’s ice cream.


 

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