About the Authors

LindaOhio14One of PermissionSlips’ cofounders, Linda Williams Rorem is a writer, editor and high school French teacher. She spent 10 years as a staff reporter (Time Magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal), and has freelanced articles for publications including Sunset, American Airlines’ inflight magazine and the New York Times. She wrote Careers Without College: Computers (Peterson’s, 1992), which won a New York Public Library award, and served as the primary researcher for Donald R. Katz’s The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears (Viking, 1988) and Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond, by Thomas J. Watson and Peter Petre (Bantam, 1990). Williams Rorem worked as PR manager for two art museums in Seattle and has served in communication roles on several nonprofit boards. She holds a BA from Indiana University (majors in English and Journalism, minor in French) and an MSJ from Columbia University. After growing up north of Chicago, Williams Rorem spent a decade in Manhattan and later moved to the Seattle area, where she and her husband are raising four children. In her “spare” time, she skis, runs, bikes, travels and studies Italian.

Carol2011Carol Lewis Gullstad cofounded PermissionSlips and served as cowriter until March 2014. She continues to contribute occasional posts. Currently, Gullstad is focused on her family’s organic-farming business, Cherry Creek Farm, and the launch of a local Moroccan spice company, Seven Red Tagines. In her career at General Mills Inc., Gullstad managed household brands such as Hamburger Helper, Betty Crocker and Yoplait Yogurt. Since then she has served as an adviser,  investor and board member to a wide range of start-up businesses such as CityForest Corp., Dry Soda Inc. and TeachFirst. Gullstad’s extensive community-based volunteer activities have included youth coaching, mentoring foster children at Treehouse and serving on non-profit boards. Gullstad holds a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. She grew up in L.A. and has lived in Minneapolis and other cities on the east and west coasts. Gullstad currently resides with her husband and four children in Mercer Island, Wash.


  1. Carol, it was great to meet you and I can’t wait to start reading this blog! best for now, Erica

  2. Hi Linda,

    I’m trying to contact you about your recent article in ParentMap magazine. Can you please email me? We had a question from a reader and I was going to send you a web badge. Thanks so much and sorry to contact you in this comment!


    Jen Betterley, ParentMap Web Editor

  3. Jo Haverfield says:

    Took 10 min to scan some of your blogging posts – loved them – they are altogether too familiar!

  4. Sara Clignet says:

    All of your blogs reach out. Thanks for the hands-on advice and humbleness…and the ongoing reminder that we have to take care of ourselves and help others let us.


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