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Work experience

Feb 2008Present

Writer

Brandon Communications

Experienced freelance writer with more than 70 published articles in business, economic development, lifestyle, medical, educational, nonprofit and special event publications. Other writing skills include press release and blog posting (to see personal blog go to www.janebydefault.blogspot.com) as well as feature writing, book reviews and some technical writing.

Exclusive interviews include: Vice President of El Salvador, Pattie Petty of Petty Enterprises and Judge Glenda Hatchett of Court TV. Other prominent figures include Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, former president of Bennett College for Women; David Congdon, owner of Old Dominion Trucking; national motivational speaker, Jeanne Robertston;  Janet Ward Black, president of the North Carolina Bar Association; Michelle Clark, senior vice president of American Express Service Center and others.

Other national figures met in the line of work are Desmond Tutu, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Bradlee, Amy Tan, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Smith, Bob Timberlake, Phylicia Rashad, Maya Angelou and Erskine Bowles.

For more information about services and journalism experience, please go to www.lynnebrandon.com.  All clips are not available on site but can be requested.

Mar 2007Feb 2008

Program Administor - Publications and Special Events

Guilford County Schools

Editor of employee e-magazine (distribution 10,000), special event publications (Back to School Web publication and School Celebration) and community e-letter. Research, writing, editing and proofing for all publications. Speech writing and talking points. Assist with special conferences. Work closely with graphic designer and media team.

Fast-paced environment in the third-largest school district in North Carolina.

Dec 2004May 2006

Editor

Editor of monthly business-to-business Triad publication. Conceptualize and research article ideas for editorial calendar year. Direct graphic designer regarding art layout and design. Supervise writers and photographers to obtain optimum efficiency, creativity and integrity. Maintain schedule and deadlines for writers, art director and photographers. Maintain editorial calendar. Attend photo sessions. Attend media events, tradeshows and networking events. Work closely with public relation firms and business community.

  • Spearhead redesign of company Web site to drive new readership;
  • Initiate concept for the first “Mover and Shaker” function as a successful revenue-generating event;
  • Gain maximum exposure to key decision makers, national figures and people of influence;
  • Forge close relationships with local universities as information sources;
  • Drive the concept of diversity by providing more articles related to women and minorities;
  • Improve the "look and feel" of publication by adding new writers, updated content and stronger design
Nov 1999Mar 2004

Communications Manager

Unifi, Inc.

Editor of internal magazine (4.5K distribution, globally) for international manufacturer. Other roles include, professional development leader, intranet content manager and responsibilities in marketing communications. 

Editorial role encompass concept development/execution:writing, proofing and editing all magazine content. Direct freelance team, including on-site direction for photo shoots, videos, etc. 

Professional Development: Instructor:Stephen Covey Writing Advantage; Professional E-mail course, Culture Diversity Training (Brazil, Thailand, etc.)

Marketing position include product copywriting, work with designer and other creative team members on design concepts and branding of company products.

Additional responsibilities:

·        Lead design projects for Unifi University and additional manufacturing locations;

·        Execute local community events, including media and public relations;

·        Manage publicity for employee events at manufacturing locations;

·        Conceptualize and brand internal promotional vehicles U-Magazine and U-Connect (intranet);

·        Develop strong relationships throughout organization via communication initiatives 

Education

A.A.

Honor roll student in college prepatory courses. Included in Who's Who in American Junior Colleges.

B.S.

UNC-Greensboro

Graduated with four-year undergraduate degree in Clothing and Textiles.

A.S.

Voted #1 Legal Student of the Year. Graduated with honors as Summa Cum Laude in the intensive two-year paralegal program.

Sep 2001May 2005

Master of Arts

UNC-Greensboro

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree (MALS) is designed for the person who retains the 

child-like fascination about life and a desire to know more. It is also a sanctuary for critical thinkers and those who aspire to be lifelong learners. MALS was instrumental in shaping me into a better reader and becoming a more well-rounded individual. 

MALS is light years ahead of the "outside of the box" thinking and instead taught me to throw the box away, Check it out and learn to color outside of the lines at, www.uncg.edu/dcl.web/mals/default.asp 

Skills

Microsoft
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products.  Knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, Photo Shop and Corel.
Published Writer
 See above entries for more information about writing skills. Uses AP Style Guide.

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Summary

Creative, goal-oriented communications professional focused on results while exceeding client needs.Thrives in a dynamic, creative environment while managing multiple projects. Successful track record of leadership initiative within both internal/external communications. Excellent writing, editing, and communication talent. Consummate team player with solid people skills. On-going publications in local, state, and regional media, including upcoming byline in a well-regarded national magazine.

Food for Thought

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.- Virginia Woolf

References

Dr. Nido Qubein

President of High Point University and Chairman of BIZlife Magazine

www. highpoint.edu[email protected]

Joseph Carroll

Publisher, Furniture/Today

www.furnituretoday.com

[email protected]

Jenny Stokes

Director of Communication United Way of Greater Greensborowww.unitedwaygso.org

[email protected]

Mary Best

Former Editor

Our State Magazine

www.ourstate.com

803-628-2600

Chad Campbell

Media Manager

High Point Regional Health System

www.highpointregional.com

[email protected]

Additional References:

Kim D. Shaver

Vice President, Marketing Communications - Hooker Furniture Corporation

[email protected]

Kim Lewis

Former Marketing Director, Unifi, Inc.

[email protected]

336-274-9465