Ann Zuccardy is a faculty member for our Social Media Consultant Certificate Course.

Ann is an author, professional speaker, founder of Vermont Shortbread Company, and teacher. In 1996, when online marketing and selling were in their infancy, Ann launched a small baking business out of her kitchen, built her own website and taught herself what we now call social media marketing (long before anyone had even heard of Facebook!). A well-known and respected personality across all social media platforms, Ann’s first loves are writing and teaching.

She is a two-time TEDx speaker, frequent keynoter, and adjunct professor. Known as the Accidental Neuroscientist, Ann speaks on creativity, neuroplasticity and the role of humor and play in keeping our brains healthy for a lifetime.

From volunteer work in Haiti’s tent cities, to walking the Great Wall of China, or hiking the Green Mountains of Vermont where she lives when she’s not on the road, Ann is an avid world traveler, photographer, and adventurer.

Ann is grateful to live in a technological era where geographic location doesn’t need to limit our work lives, a possibility that wasn’t even a consideration when she graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1984.

Ann is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor where she serves as the editor-in-chief of the Humor Connection newsletter. Her interests include: knitting, reading, writing creative non-fiction, cooking, and avoiding snow and cold whenever possible.