Holly Rustick is an author, entrepreneur, and mother. As an author, Holly Rustick (aka Erica Sand) dreams of possessing a superpower that allows her to create perfectly formatted novels just by thinking about them! But until that day comes, she’ll have to contend with doing it the old-fashioned way.
When she’s not daydreaming of new superpowers, you’ll find Holly running a successful grant writing business and drawing upon her own exciting life experiences (from being an international expatriate to a fashion model to an award-winning press writer and a published poet) to create her juicy tales. When not travelling, she adores drinking Pinot Noir and spending time with her gorgeous little girl – but not necessarily in that order.
Creator of WEGO Consulting, Holly is also known as the grant girl. She’s been on both sides of grant writing coin – writing them for over a decade as well as managing and reviewing them on behalf of numerous organizations. She also conducts grant training workshops, offers grant-related products, and has a podcast Grant Writing & Funding. Holding a Master’s in International Political Economy and a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Holly is not only a successful technical writer for federal contract bids but also facilitates fundraisers, crowd funding campaigns and solicits in-kind donations from large corporations.
To increase the capacity and bring in more funding for Guam (and the region), Holly has merged her love of novel writing with her company and recently wrote the Amazon bestselling book, Wish Granted! Tips, Tools, and Templates to Write a Winning Grant.
In her spare time (ha!) Holly serves on the Guam Human Trafficking Task Force as the co-chair of the Outreach and Research Subcommittee, and in 2016 was published a peer-reviewed paper An Analysis of Human Trafficking Indicators on Guam. Additionally, she serves on the Guam Contractor's Association Small Business Committee, and works with various nonprofits on community endeavors. In March 2017, she was honored to receive a Resolution (33.34 COR) from the Guam Legislature for her work with nonprofits, as well as her initiatives for human trafficking awareness.
Although she authored four books between in less than two years, her most notable achievement has been the efforts her daughter has made in the community. Little Isabella is already proven to be a social entrepreneur through the journey of her lemonade stand, which has raised hundreds of dollars for those in need. Watch out for Isabella’s book coming out in 2018 about her lemonade stand journey. Of course, she will be a cat in this book, and in the celebrations of cats she will be donating some of her profits to GAIN.
Concerning the GWCC, Holly contributes her skills and passion to help increase the funding and network. She has been a member since 2014, and believes in the mission and vision of empowering women. She also is fervent with breaking glass ceilings (unless it is luxury-non-metaphorical-glass, then Holly will not break that!), and works hard to secure finances necessary to increase services that help women entrepreneurs reach new levels of success and abundance in their businesses, community, and lives.
You can connect with Holly at www.wegogrants.com or @wegogrants or @ericasandauthor.