Skills

PUBLIC RELATIONS STRATEGY

MEDIA PITCHING

PRESS RELEASE WRITING

FREELANCE WRITING

GHOSTWRITING

EVENTS PR

 

Work Experience

Poets & Quants – Staff Writer

2010 – present

Back in 2010, I became one of the very first writers for poetsandquants.com. Ps&Qs is the go-to source for everything related to business schools and business education. Since 2010, I’ve worked on a freelance basis. In this role, I’ve profiled The World’s Top 40 Business Professors Under 40 Years Old, written about The World’s Top 50 Business Professors, interviewed MBA students who happen to be Miss New Jersey, and former NFL quarterback, and (my favorite) interviewed and written about Divya Narendra. Yes, that’s the guy who sued Mark Zuckerberg for stealing his Facebook idea! Thanks to my awesome editor (who’s seriously one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked for) and his partnership with other media, several of my articles have been published by Fortune and CNN Money. In August of this year (2017), I joined Poets & Quants as a full-time staffer.

 

AWeber – Senior Public Relations Specialist

2014 – 2017

At AWeber, I significantly boosted the company’s byline article placements like this one by the CEO and this one by the CMO. I’ve also grown especially fond of infographics and visual storytelling. Check out this infographic created by me and one of AWeber’s visual designers (the one behind this very site you’re on!) and this one with stats that made it all the way to FORBES!

 

 

Ascensus – Public Relations, Social Media and Events Specialist

2011 – 2014

Never thought in a million years I’d find myself working in financial services, much less find pleasure in it. I started out as a Copy Editor then saw an opportunity to create a PR path for myself. By convincing the higher-ups about the power of and need for PR, I successfully launched the company’s first ever public relations program. The first year of the program, we achieved over 100 media placements and mentions.

 

Villanova School of Business – Marketing & PR Coordinator

2006 – 2010

Every journey has a starting place. For my PR career, it began at Villanova. After college, this was my very first PR job and where I truly learned and fell in love with my craft. Major accomplishments include media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and Financial Times. Oh, and I ran point on the the business school’s annual graduation ceremony (3,500+ guests) five years in a row.

 

Education

Villanova University – M.A. in Communication

2007 – 2009

Working at a university has its perks. One of them being a steep discount on education that you simply cannot turn down. That wasn’t my intent when I applied for the PR job there, but getting my Master’s was a huge perk of working at Nova. Go Wildcats!

Millersville University – B.S. in Communication

2000 – 2004

Pennsylvania state schools represent! During undergrad I minored in Journalism, wrote for the school newspaper (snagged an “exclusive” interview with Sinbad the comedian), interned with a PR agency, and worked part-time doing phone surveys for a political opinion research center.

University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

2010

Another awesome opportunity brought to me by my involvement with Poets & Quants. I received a digital media scholarship and completed Wharton’s Seminars for Business Journalists program. Fantastic program. Highly recommended.

 

Extracurriculars

Philadelphia Public Relations Association – Guest Blogger

2014 – present

In 2014, I joined this awesome group of Philly area PR pros. The networking and educational events have truly been helpful for me in staying current within my field. I’ve also snagged a spot as an occasional guest blogger. Check out some of my past posts.

 

Christ Haven Church – Public Relations Auxiliary Leader

2010 – present

There aren’t too many things I love more than my church. That’s why when I joined, I was grateful when our Pastor allowed me to bring the passion I have for my craft to help support the ministry. Christ Haven has been featured on numerous local television stations and has received continuous newspaper articles over the years.