ABOUT ME

ÜMA KLEPPINGER

Hello.

With roots deep in publishing, I’ve worked on both the visual design and the narrative sides of storytelling. The publications I’ve designed, written for, edited, and produced run the gamut from business books to books on Buddhism, and from political news to punk rock magazines. These diverse experiences have refined my capacity to adopt others’ voices, as well as clarifying my own as a nonfiction author.

My stories are evocative, grounded in truth, and full of humor, and wit. I develop my storytelling skills onstage in front of live audiences at events such as The Moth, ROAR Voices, Pants on Fire, and others.

I am also the founder of Allied Independent, a digital strategy and creative services studio. With over 20 years as a sole proprietor, I know first-hand the challenges women entrepreneurs face—and why now the need is greater than ever before for more stories about and advice from women in leadership.

Social justice, equity, and humanist issues drive me. Mountain biking and hiking the Pacific Northwest sustains me. Poetry feeds me. Making a difference in this crazy world of ours is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

MY NAME IS ÜMA.  THE UMLAUT IS SILENT.

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“Üma worked for me on dozens of print projects. She’s was a strong team member and collaborator. I highly recommend her and I will continue to use her in the future.”

BRUCE RASKIN
MANAGING EDITOR, TIME INC.
EDITOR-AT-LARGE
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“Uma’s writing is clever and clear without talking down to her audience. She communicates in a personal and humble manner that balances her authority with her authenticity. ”

TORI BORTMAN
CORPORATE TRAINER & CONSULTANT
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“Üma has a unique skill set across several content mediums. She’s also a joy to work with and a real producer."

ADRIAN MONTGOMERY
VERDE PUBLIC RELATIONS
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"Üma was a dependable and consistent editorial columnist with a high degree of integrity. She took her work seriously, had great attention to detail, and was driven to achieve success with everything she did as a contributor.”

 

CORNELIUS SWART
MANAGING EDITOR, GOLOCALPDX

“Üma's unflinching self-awareness, keen attunement with the world around her, and her deadpan humor blend together to create a story cocktail that is equal parts authoritative, playful, and deeply human.”

—R. Tod Kelly, Producer of Seven Deadly Sins, Pants on Fire