My name is Stephanie Drenka. I am a photographer, writer, and digital communications strategist. My work is centered in racial equity, social justice, and trauma-informed youth advocacy.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University, with minors in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies. Asian Week magazine once named me one of “Ten Asian American Young Women Who Will Change the World,” for my contributions to a prominent human rights campaign.
Adopted from Korea, I turned to the Internet as a young adult for a sense of belonging- sharing my experiences with fellow adoptees in a personal blog and on YouTube. Fascination with the ability to use technology in building community and creating platforms for storytelling shaped my career path.
At a company called rewardStyle, I worked with fellow fashion and lifestyle bloggers to help optimize their web presence, improve social media engagement, and increase sales conversions. Needing to get back to my roots as an advocate and activist, I left the glamorous fashion world for the non-profit sector.
I was recently the Senior Communications Manager for Big Thought, a Dallas-based organization committed to closing the opportunity gap for young people by unleashing creativity and strengthening social emotional well-being.
Inspired by the incredible community work happening in the city, I left to form my own business, SD Media, where I could focus on authentic, constituent-first, and ethically-told storytelling.
My photographs and writing have been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, ABC News, and CNN.
As an INFJ Myers-Briggs Personality Type (with an Altruist Predictive Index Pattern), my ultimate goal in life is to leave the world a better place than I found it. I hope to work with others who share a similar vision.