Meet Professional Speaker, Accessibility Marketing Consultant, and Writer Meryl Evans

Bio

Meryl Evans, digital marketer, speaker, and writer headshotI’m Meryl K. Evans, professional speaker and trainer, digital marketing pro, and author of Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook and the co-author of Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites. I’ve done a TEDx talk and have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

Since starting this digital marketing and writing business in 2000, I’ve written and edited for “Billiards Digest,” “The Dallas Morning News,” MarketingProfs, “PC Today,” O’Reilly, Pearson, Sams, Wiley, and WROX.

Clients hire me to speak to their employees on accessibility, inclusion, and lived experiences as a person with disabilities. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker, I’m not the right person. If you’re looking for a speaker to educate and encourage action, then contact me. Employees walk away with actionable items to create more accessible experiences for employees, customers, stakeholders, and prospective employees.

Past jobs include two Fortune 500 telecom companies, the federal government in Washington, D.C., and IT consulting. A native Texan, I live a heartbeat north of Dallas in Plano, Texas with my husband. We have three human kiddos and two fur babies where one thinks she’s human and the other thinks she’s a cat.

People call me the accessibility marketer because I educate people on the importance of accessibility. And besides, accessibility is everyone’s responsibility.

IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core CompenciesHow your company benefits: Companies that create accessible products and experiences reach a much larger audience than those that don’t. People with disabilities have friends and family who make an effort to buy from companies that include people with disabilities in their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

Why work with me? Companies know about my reputation for delivering high-quality and engaging presentations and training. Most clients work with me again, some come back even after changing companies. Here are client testimonials.

Contact me to discuss what you need.

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Media

Speaking

I’m a professional speaker on diversity equity inclusion (DEI) with a focus on accessibility and people with disabilities. Happy to travel to your location.

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In the News and Around the Web

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In Books (as an editor, contributor, or researcher)

History

Meryl first joined the Internet pre-revolution in 1992 with Internet in a Box.

Why the name meryl.net?

I racked my brain to come up with a name that would stick. Alas, nothing came. Ironically, I love to read about names and the meanings behind them. I’m even a professional namer! Yet, I couldn’t name this electronic baby.

I never had a nickname, a big hobby or a way for making up a creative name using my name. For example: If your last name was Boot, then a good Web name would be “Reboot.” Although I had a handle from my BBS (pre-Internet) days, I was embarrassed for ever having used it. Considering “meryl” is so uncommon considering the lifetime of misspellings and mispronunciations, I used it thinking a better name would come later. No brilliant idea ever came. So, meryl.net stuck.

Not So Vital Info

Bio: The cool version

I’ve been hanging out on the pre-Internet aka BBS since 1986. (I appear in BBS: The Documentary, which landed me my own IMDB.com page. Color me shocked.) I met the Internet in 1993. In digital years, that would be the 1800s. I fell in love with it at first text.

I’ve written for anything and everything relating to Web design, technology, content marketing, writing, automotive and buffaloes (not kidding).

I’m the president, CEO, CIO, CMO, CFO, and founder of meryl.net, writing, editing, digital marketing, content marketing, email marketing, social media, tech fixer-upper, and all that extra stuff services.

I’ve blogged about living life as a deaf person. You can find this southpaw in the Lone Star State … not wearing 10-gallon hats.

Stats

  • Sign: Cap-Aquarius (some say Capricorn and some say water bearer).
  • Birthday: January 20 – Inauguration Day.
  • Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ISTJ, ISTJ. (Every single time since taking the first one in ’90.)
  • Birth order: The youngest of three, but practically only child.