Colleen Bohen

Content Director

AKA “Busy Bohen

Formerly an award-winning journalist, Colleen Bohen has been leading Spark451’s content team for several years. During her tenure, she has helped to develop the team, expanding its pool of talented copywriters, editors, and proofreaders.

Before joining Spark451, Colleen was a magazine editor and reporter for more than a decade. Over the course of her journalism career, she worked her way up from intern to editor in chief. Along the way, she covered an eclectic mix of topics, including business, health and fitness, retail, the arts, and more. At the dawn of her career, she even received a prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for “best news coverage,” in recognition of her contributions to Playthings magazine’s long-term coverage of the potential breakup of Toys “R” Us’ business in the mid-2000s.

Colleen holds a B.A. in journalism from Hofstra University. A lifelong dance enthusiast, she still tap dances under her desk whenever she’s working on a piece — it helps her think.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had at Spark451 thus far and why?

I had a pretty memorable first day: I was scheduled to start on the day of the company's annual employee retreat. Instead of filling out paperwork, I spent the day racing my new coworkers around the track at a go-kart course. All in all, it was a pretty effective icebreaker!

How did you choose your profession/why?

I'm naturally inquisitive and love telling stories, so becoming a journalist was appealing because it gave me license to ask questions and an avenue to share what I learned with others. Now, after spending several years as a writer, reporter, and magazine editor, I'm able to leverage those skills to help colleges and universities craft messaging that resonates with prospective students.

Beach vacation or city vacation and why?

I'm a city girl. There's nothing better than spending a day wandering through museums, shops, and other attractions, then checking out a new restaurant for dinner, and capping it all off with tickets to a show.

Where is the place that you want to visit most in the world and why?

I can't think of just one. My top five right now: Tokyo, Barcelona, Rome, Zurich, and Old Montreal. Why? In each case, there's a culture I'm interested in learning more about and beautiful sights I'd like to see for myself.