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Ellen Pryor Journalist>

I currently am Director of Communications for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, overseeing the organizations marketing, public relations and online presence, including management of the Frist Center’s website and social media activities.  I also write the Ndrive column for Nfocus magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication in Middle Tennessee and occasionally contribute to other publications.

My husband’s career in racing led me into the sport the 80s, and for several years, I raced in vintage events and competed in SCCA Solo challenges.

I serve as a National Trustee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, am president of the Midsouth Region of NATAS.  I also volunteer my time with memberships on the Keyboard of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, the Advisory Board of the Brooks Fund of the Community Foundation and the Community Advisory Boards of Nashville Public Television and WMOT-FM, a public radio station in Middle Tennessee.

How excited or why are your participating with HerHighway Drive Breast Cancer Awareness?

I’m thrilled to be participating in this drive.  My husband was a professional race car driver who segued into automotive journalism.  I followed in his footsteps, racing in my younger days and now writing about and reviewing cars.  I have lost several friends to breast cancer.  Combining my love of cars and driving with a cause as important as this is a great joy.

I’m dedicating my participation to my dear friend, Jayne Rogovin, who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

As a woman what features are your favorites in a car?

In a year, I probably drive 30-40 cars.. cars in every class, from ultra-luxe to economy.  I appreciate great value for money, above all!  It’s pretty simple: I want the things you do every time you climb behind the wheel to be comfortable and work well.  I value ease of ingress and egress, a seat belt that’s adjustable; environmental controls that don’t demand you take your eyes off the road to adjust the temperature, a radio that’s simple to tune, great lumbar support.  Oh yes, and great handling and a high zip factor.

What is your proudest social media achievement?

Having my organization’s Twitter feed recognized as one of our market’s Top 10 users on several occasions.

What is your current challenge at work?

Managing time and trying to squeeze more hours out of every day.

What is your top advice to other women for social media?

Make posts timely and relevant. Include useful information.

Dream job? 

I have it.  I happily spend my work days at the Frist Center for the Visual arts where next summer we’ll have a magnificent car show, Sensuous Steel: The Art Deco Automobile, guest curated by Ken Gross, a name likely familiar to more than a few participants.

What you do to relax?

I drive.

Who have you mentored, or/and did someone mentor you in social media to help you get started?

In Nashville, we have several organized Geek groups…Geek Social, Geek Cocktail, Geek Breakfast, Nashville Social Media Club.  Members of all these groups have helped refine my social media skills.