'Trading Spaces' Star Genevieve Gorder talks life, work and how to help schools

Genevive Gorder Box Tops for AMerica

DIY guru Genevieve Gorder has been very busy lately.  Not only is she working on her HGTV shows and returning to TLC's Trading Spaces this spring, but she is also a mom of a lovely girl.  Being a mom who is passionate about education led her to be an enthusiastic supporter of Box Tops for America.

Gorder is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but moved to New York City to take a design internship at MTV.  After completing it, they offered her a permanent job.  She went on to earn her B.F.A in design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  Gorder was one of the original designers of the TLC's hit series Trading Spaces and went on to judge HGTV’s Design Star in 2010.  She also hosted HGTV shows including Genevieve’s Renovation, A Hero’s Welcome, White House Christmas and Dear Genevieve.

Box Tops for Education has raised more than $840 million for K-8 schools.  Sept. 24-30 is National Box Tops for Education Week where communities are encouraged to collect as many box tops as possible to help support local schools.  Appropriate box clips are found in hundreds of products.

Genevieve Gorder spoke with Michelle Tompkins for TheCelebrityCafe.com about her career trajectory, life as a busy mom, her return to Trading Spaces, the reason why she was known for being barefoot, what’s next for her, new trends in interior design, why Box Tops for Education is important to her as a busy mom, what she likes to do for fun and more.

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For more information on Genevieve Gorder take a look at her website and to learn how you can help Box Tops for Education check out their website here.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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