About Sydney


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Short Bio:

My life until today: born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, I went to KU for two years (ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!), dropped everything, moved to Florida with my parents, finished my degree at USF, moved to Chicago, rocked the Windy City PR agency scene, got certified to skydive, did a “semester abroad” in Austin, moved back to Chicago to work at the DZ I started at, took a trip out west to Skydive Elsinore for the Chicks Rock Boogie, moved out to California to work at Skydive Elsinore, rocked the scene there for three years, and now the founder of Planet Green Socks

::deep breath – that was a long sentence::

Now that is the very, very condensed version.

Extended Bio:

I like to jump out of airplanes. So much in fact, that I’ve created a lifestyle that has skydiving weaved in just about everything I do. After quickly falling (quite literally) in love with the sport in 2005, I reignited my love for freefall in March 2010 at Skydive Temple while in Austin to speak at SXSW. I am now a USPA D-licensed skydiver. But I haven’t been a skydiving bum slash entrepreneur my whole life. No, no, I was a cubicle dweller for a bit after college. I’ve worked with some of the best and brightest agencies in the business, and, from what I gather, I was on a rocket ship up the corporate ladder. My life used to work like this: I’d work 9-5 (or you know, 8-11 sometimes, yay agency life), then, at 5:00 on Friday, you’d find me bolting to my car, backpack and blanket in tow on my way out to the dropzone to squeeze in a jump before sunset and camp out for the weekend.

After leaving the corporate world, I had the chance to work with two of the most prestigious drop zones on the planet, Chicagoland Skydiving Center and Skydive Elsinore. Most recently, while working with Skydive Elsinore, my main focus was on all things events, digital and social media. I spent my days at the dropzone, cranking out some serious planning for the event calendar, helping to manage the skydiving teams (including my first team, Elsinore Horizon), and rocking out with some of my social media marketing know-how between jumps and packing my parachute.

On 2015 I’m embarking on a new adventure. I have started an event planning company called Planet Green Socks, and we’re on a mission to change the world, one skydiving event at a time.

This blog here, Sydney: Unfiltered, is “a raw take on my life as it is: unpredictable, frightening, and wildly exciting.” Here, I explore the day-to-day learnings of a nomadic 20-something (until June of this year, shhhh), including the transition from college to corporate, corporate to skydiving industry employee, and now business owner, as well as my adventures in the bright blue skies.

I’m a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a focus on digital/emerging media.  I currently reside in Lake Elsinore, California, happily surrounded by a handful of different mountain ranges, 45 minutes from the beach, and about an hour to LA or San Diego.

If you’re interested in working together, learn more about Planet Green Socks here.

Orrrr you could always just shoot over an email: sydney.a.owen@gmail.com.