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Creative Director

Experience

Freelance Creative Director/Copywriter & Consultant Chicago, IL

March 1999 to Present

•     Manage, write and design strategic marketing projects that include collateral, 

      advertising, direct mail, promotions, newsletters and web sites for a variety of     

      marketing firms, corporations and non-profit organizations 
•     Manage public relations from releases to media relations 
•     Hire and supervise staff as needed 
•     Conduct client presentations and manage budgets 
•     Won awards for Rush-Copley Medical Center ad campaigns

 

Director, Marketing & Public Relations • National Poetry Slam Championship, Chicago • Aug 1999 & Aug 2003 

•     Responsible for planning and implementing program that included advertising, public         relations, promotions for non-profit, five-day international poetry competition
•     With minimal budget and a staff of 14 volunteers achieved full capacity at six local     

      venues 
•     Achieved placement of stories in the Washington Post, New York Times, and on 60

      Minutes and NPR. Local print and broadcast media included Chicago Tribune,

      Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Q101, WTTW, WGN-TV and WLS-TV.

Creative Supervisor • Frankel, Chicago, IL • Dec 1997 to Mar 1999 

•     Managed creative strategic marketing projects that included POP, sweepstakes,

      outdoor advertising and product for Target Stores

•     Hired and supervised staff of art directors and copywriters 
•     Created seasonal and vendor-sponsored promotions with Disney™,  DreamWorks™

      and Mattel™ products.

Copywriter • Storandt Pann Margolis & Partners, Western Springs, IL

May 1993 to Dec 1997

•     Created print and broadcast advertising, promotions, web sites, direct mail, videos

       and collateral from concept development through production for healthcare,

       business-to business and consumer clients 
•     Won 1996 Healthcare Advertising Merit Awards for Saint Thomas Hospital

      (Tennessee) and Port Huron Hospital 

      (Michigan) campaigns.

Additional Experience

 

Five years as a copywriter with Bell & Howell Document Management Division. Three years as marketing manager/writer with Savlin/Petertil, a graphic design firm in Evanston, IL; one year as a freelance copywriter with Rand McNally.

Tech

Proficient in Word, InDesign, Acrobat ,PowerPoint and social media apps. Working knowledge of Illustrator, Wordpress, QuickBooks, Photoshop, Excel.

WHAT clients SAY

"On every project that I've worked on with Emily, she's brought fresh ideas and unending creativity, coupled with a firm understanding of the client's needs and goals. She embodies a
rare combination of the artistic and the business sides of marketing
and writing."

— Jane Jerrard, Copywriter