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I've been a word nerd my whole life, and a professional communications junkie for the past 15 years. After paying my dues at two international public relations agencies, GolinHarris and Hill and Knowlton, I founded Brilliant Ink in 2008. I've worked in PR and marketing communications, but the bulk of my expertise — and my passion — is in motivating employees to do their best work. Throughout my career, I've been fortunate enough to tackle employee communications and engagement challenges for a broad range of clients, including Bristol Myers-Squibb, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Yahoo!, Dow Chemical Co., Novo Nordisk and Cord Blood Registry, just to name a few.
My two babies – the human one (my daughter, Claire), and the non-human one (Brilliant Ink).
I would love to be able to write music.
Katniss Everdeen. She’s tough, no nonsense, and she takes care of her family. All good things in my book!
Taking Care of Business
I’ve always been intrigued by the power of words to persuade, inspire and motivate people. And to me, there’s no more important audience than a company’s own employees. At Brilliant Ink, I’ve developed employee communications programs for clients including Cord Blood Registry, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novo Nordisk. Prior to joining Brilliant Ink, I worked at some of the largest PR agencies in the world, including GolinHarris, GCI Group and Fleishman Hillard, where I helped strengthen internal communications for organizations ranging from the Dow Chemical Company to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Ever since high school (and my obsession with the musical “Rent”), my motto has been “No day but today.” I really do try to live that motto – although it’s not always easy!
I think I am a typical Libra – very fair and balanced. I pride myself on trying to see all sides of a situation and weighing all options before making a decision.
After college, I backpacked across Europe alone for 6 weeks. It was the most empowering and exciting journey I have ever taken. I’ve never felt so free, and probably won’t again – college was behind me, a great job was in front of me, and in the moment, it was pure bliss.
“Ultimate” or “ultimately.” I always try to push myself to think about the bigger reasons for taking a particular approach. And even though that’s a good approach, I know I’d benefit from cutting back on “ultimately.”
Snuggling in bed with my family on a Sunday morning, followed by chocolate chip pancakes, followed by more snuggling on the couch. I’m dreading the day my kids won’t snuggle with me anymore!
I’ve worked in commercial property management for the past five years. My favorite parts of the job were operations as well as designing and delivering training materials for new and existing employees. I’m excited to make the change to a new industry with a fun and exciting company.
Look for the best in every situation.
I’m super organized. One of my favorite Christmas gifts of all time was a label maker.
A clean house, a glass of wine, and my family.
To be a great pool player or to play the guitar.
From a young age, I’ve always had a pen in hand and designated myself as the chief note taker, travel journalist and word whiz. I used my obsession with words to handle PR and communications for two amazing not-for-profits, Dress for Success and The Fresh Air Fund. Now I’m excited to flex my writing muscles in a different way and develop stellar internal communications materials and strategies.
Love what you do.
Anyone who drives in rush-hour traffic and doesn’t lose their cool.
Exactly where I am - the beautiful Bay Area - plus one weekend a month in NYC or Paris wouldn’t hurt.
SFO-> EWR (Newark Airport)
Anne Lamott, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dr. Seuss and Maureen Dowd
I’ve always had a love of writing and found my way into professional communications after careers in retail management and commercial real estate appraisal. My passion is for helping companies to make their internal communications better and to stamp out corporate speak. Before finding agency joy with Brilliant Ink, I worked as an internal communications manager for Shell Oil in London and Kaiser Permanente in California.
Animal control officers and assistants who work with abandoned and abused dogs. Wendy Davis
Learning to write American
That moment on a road trip when you’ve definitely left home but the end is too far away to be real
To sing without frightening the cats
I’ve always been fascinated by the dramatic effect subtle word changes can have in communications. During my career I’ve had the opportunity to hone my skills in both internal and marketing communications at financial services firms and on the agency side for companies such as PwC, Guy Carpenter, MetLife and GCI Group. It’s exciting to help clients drive change and inspire audiences.
I always try to see the other person’s point of view.
Napping in a comfortable chair under an umbrella on a quiet and breezy beach…
I'm a Londonder with over 15 years of design experience with leading advertising agencies in London and New York. I've developed concepts and campaigns for major international brands including Absolut, Coca-Cola, Nivea, Samsonite, Sony and Stella Artois. I moved to San Francisco in 2007 and since then have been working as a Creative Director for the likes of Nike, HP and Whole Foods Market.
Francis BACON, John HAMM – these answers also apply to my favorite deli heroes.
I went to Costco once and spent under $300!
James Bond What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (caught 15 mins of it only last week)
“Working for the Weekend” - Loverboy