Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart

Former Maryland teacher with strong desire to return to the classroom: elementary or lang. arts. I miss making a difference in the lives of children.

Summary

  • STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION: Extensive experience planning and implementing strategic internal and external communication for nonprofit, corporate and agency entities.
  • CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Experience with change management for North American region of a large, international Fortune 500 company. Earned the Prosci Change Management certificate.
  • AGENCY EXPERIENCE: Ability to think creatively, effectively manage hired agencies and work in matrix environments.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Experience managing social media, proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and other design and presentation platforms, and experience with technical topics ranging from automotive to medicine, biotechnology and renewable energy.
  • MEDIA RELATIONS: More than two decades of spokesperson experience, including local and national print and broadcast interviews. Tripled media exposure for past organization.
  • WRITING/EDITING: Compelling writing/editing experience includes university campus news editor, contributing writer for The Columbus Dispatch and The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), and freelance writer for The Columbus Dispatch.
  • TRAINING: Master's degree in education, experienced teacher and facilitator of corporate training.
  • ACCREDITED IN PUBLIC RELATIONS (APR) and national award for SPECIAL EVENT.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2014 - Present

Senior Consultant

Patouillet Consulting LLC

Provide expertise in the area of strategic communication, as part of the staff of Patouillet Consulting LLC. The company assists U.S. colleges/universities, alumni associations and other nonprofit organizations in the generation of increased support and constituent engagement.

Dec 2013 - Nov 2014

Client Strategist

USI Affinity Insurance

Created and implemented business-development strategies with 300+ affinity clients (universities, alumni associations, museums and other affinity groups). Developed business proposals, conducted competitive analysis, and coordinated communication initiatives with insurance carriers.

Apr 2013 - Dec 2013

Senior Consultant

Patouillet Consulting LLC

Provided expertise in the area of strategic communication, as part of the staff of Patouillet Consulting LLC. The company assists U.S. colleges/universities, alumni associations and other nonprofit organizations in the generation of increased support and constituent engagement.

Aug 2012 - Apr 2013

Communications Leader

O2 Ideas/ Honda North America

As communications leader of O2 Ideas (PR agency), provided full-time, on-site change management and communications guidance during period of reorganization and increased international-leadership role for Honda North America. Co-founded social media implementation.

Jul 2010 - Jul 2012

Director of Communications and Marketing

University of Tennessee Research Foundation

Promoted new UT technologies (medicine/biotechnology/renewable energy/agriculture). Managed a communications budget of $1 million ($80 M total project), including websites, news releases, annual reports, ribbon-cutting ceremony and interactive educational exhibit. Collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The U.S. Dept. of Energy and other major partners.

Jun 2006 - Jul 2010

Director of Public Relations

University of Florida

Reporting to the AVP, promoted the university through strategic internal and external communication, including serving as campus news editor and implementing special events. Earned a national CASE award (special-event category) and provided media coaching and counsel to UF Administration.

Feb 2000 - Jun 2005

Public Relations Manager/Media Spokesperson

AAA Ohio Auto Club

Promoted automotive, travel, financial and insurance (35 retail stores; three auto centers) by increasing AAA Ohio's media exposure by 300 percent, with no budget increase. Spokesperson in 1,300+ local/national interviews, including Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, NPR, New York Times and USA Today.

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