Highly adaptive and versatile leader with 12 years of experience in organization, brand, and people development. Expertise in strategic planning, organizational efficiency, marketing, and human capital building.Exceptional talent for diagnosing the root cause of problems, streamlining procedures, and creating innovative solutions.Proven ability to motivate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders, people from other cultures and all walks of life.Passionate commitment to proactive, transparent communication and servant-leadership.
Highly analytical thinker
Superior communication skills
Root cause analysis
Driving continuous improvement
Bilingual in English and German
Building & leading teams
Training and talent development
06/2015 to Current
Marketing & Communications StrategistSpark Freedom – Greater Nashville Area, TN Spark Freedom (SF) is a nonprofit communications advising organization that enables other nonprofits to formulate, target, and release the messages that will best accomplish their organizational objectives.
Developed organizational multi-pronged and comprehensivemarketing & communications strategy in collaboration with senior management and the Board.
Created the annual marketing & communications plan for Spark Freedom.
Ensured that all of Spark Freedom's marketing & communications activities adhere to the strategic direction and positioning of Spark Freedom.
Oversaw implementation of all marketing & communications activities.
Promoted a culture of collaboration, high quality performance, and continuous learning and improvement.
Mentored and developed marketing & communications staff and interns.
Created effective messaging using language, graphics and marketing collateral.
06/2005 to Current
Internal Communications AdvisorAHP Advisors – Greater Chicago Area, IL In my freelance consulting role, I help clients:
Set and execute a coherent vision and strategy for internal communications & culture that aligns with their company's mission, vision, values, long-term organizational strategy and highest priority objectives.
Evaluate their existing internal communication & and pinpointing areas for improvement.
Develop effective internal communication routines that strengthen staff/team alignment, foster high quality performance, and enhance/protect their organization's brand.
Establish metrics and measure the business value of internal communications & culture efforts.
12/2013 to 06/2016
Vice PresidentIntellectual Takeout – Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, MN Intellectual Takeout (ITO) was founded in 2009 as a non-partisan, educational 501(c)(3) institution based in Minnesota. ITO's mission is to feed minds, foster discussion, and inspire action based on the principles and virtues necessary for human flourishing.
Built a vast online library of primary and secondary research on topics across a wide range of academic disciplines, with heavy emphasis on history, moral philosophy, business ethics, public policy, and science & technology.
Managed 6 FT staff and >80 research interns (who worked remotely from around the world).
Produced content covering complex ideas and public policy issues for a general and diverse audience.
Designed a web-based multimedia training system to teach interns the skills necessary for research and content creation.
Fine-tuned ITO's web content production, which cut researcher training time in half and raised productivity by up to 60 percent.
Increased website traffic from a few thousand to over 100,000 visits per month by rebuilding website back-end functionality, and by implementing progressive social media marketing strategies.
Our team collaboratively devised a strategy to grow Facebook fan base from >500 to 1M in under 3 years.
Took on key role in strategic planning, talent acquisition, website development and marketing for three major projects totaling over $2M.
01/2010 to 12/2013
Research AnalystWitt/Kieffer – Greater Chicago Area, IL Witt/Kieffer is a top-ten executive search firm specializing in healthcare, higher education, life sciences, board services and not-for-profit industries.
Designed and executed effective recruiting strategies for consultants.
Compiled business intelligence client background research to generate new business for the firm.
Repeatedly recognized for creating unique strategies to identify niche candidates and close difficult searches.
Master of Arts: Organizational Leadership Gonzaga University - Spokane, WA
Master of Arts: Political Science and Biopolitics Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL
Bachelor of Arts: Philosophy and Psychology Rockford University - Rockford, IL