• Algonquin IL
  • 847-507-9797
  • cherylhoward@runbox.com
Cheryl Howard

Cheryl Howard

Strategic Communications Manager



Proven track record of developing and directing corporate communications, from strategic planning through execution, utilizing project management processes and platforms.

  • Skilled writer, presenter and planner
  • Effective manager of social media, online messaging, print and branding
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with employees at all tiers
  • Additional training in continuous improvement, video production and human resource management

Work experience

Work experience


Jan 2009 - Present
Owner, Cheryl Howard Communications
Algonquin, IL; Develop and implement communication and marketing strategies for clients, including Fortune 100 businesses, non-profits and start-ups Clients include GE Money(financial services), Mars(pet division) and BWAY Corporation(manufacturing)

Strategic Communications Consultant

Nov 2012 - Nov 2014
Allstate Technology & Operations

Strategic Communications Consultant(Contract); Client:; Northbrook, IL

  • Client groups included Information Technology, Information Security, Operations and Risk Management
  • Worked closely with directors, colleagues and team members to develop and ensure successful execution of strategic communication plans for multiple business units
  • Created presentations, wrote speeches and coached speakers to improve delivery effectiveness
  • Oversaw several business unit websites to ensure accuracy and effectiveness as well as protect Allstate brand Developed online FAQs, articles, headlines, blogs, discussion boards, posters, graphics and job aids
  • Organized and ran audio and video conferences, webinars, and project launch special events Using analysis and planning, increased employee engagement on internal social media site
  • Administered and analyzed surveys to gauge plan effectiveness and made recommendations accordingly
  • Collaborated with executive leadership, team leads, stakeholders, vendors and creative services to achieve change management objectives 


Jan 2010 - Aug 2012
Kendall College, School of Business ; Chicago
Instructor,, IL; Taught marketing and business courses in classroom and online, with emphasis on voice of the customer Paired students with Chicago entrepreneurs and created communications strategy for Fresh Moves mobile market

Communications Manager

Nov 2007 - Jan 2009
Deloitte Services

Communications Manager, LP; Chicago, IL

  • Created and implemented effective communication strategies to enhance awareness, understanding and committed support for new companywide initiatives within Deloitte and member firms
  • Served as trusted communications advisor to executive leadership
  • Created and published daily intranet content
  • Coordinated conferences, webcasts and special events to enhance each initiative's reputation
  • Collaborated with teams across U.S., Canada and India

Communications Manager

Aug 2000 - Oct 2007
GE Money

Communications Manager, Schaumburg, IL

Communications Manager

Oct 1999 - Aug 2000
GE Capital
Communications Manager,; Barrington, IL




Northern Illinois University


Northern Illinois University


Amanda Hale
Dir. of Operations, Americas Region, Deloitte Services

"Cheryl did a great job of bringing our Process Excellence initiative to life. She took what some might think of as a nerdy topic and made it fun! In fact, she made people WANT to learn about PE."

Donna Shelton
VP, Sr. Product Manager, BMO Harris

"Cheryl is an exceptionally creative communications specialist, with a genuine sense of how to elevate a company's processes. Coupled with her technical skill is a real talent for relating to people, and earning their trust.  I would highly recommend her to any interested client or employer."

Bryan Danek
IT Consultant

"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Cheryl at GE and was always impressed by her positive attitude, creativity and pride in her work. She helped me so many times in being able to translate our technical-speak into concepts that everyone in the business could understand and even become excited about."

Michael Tresca
Mgr., Digital Communication, GE

Cher's ability to analyze a communication problem combined with her technical skill created several best practices, including a newsletter that was adopted as a best practice across the company. Her good humor and goal-oriented approach to work makes her an asset to any team



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