As the School of Medicine (SOM) Development Communications Associate, I oversee our comprehensive communications plan and generate all of our external and internal development content. In order to build pride, cultivate meaningful relationships with our constituents and publicize the impact of philanthropy, I write all of the SOM development articles. These stories are also the foundation for the development e-newsletter, which is a quarterly publication I proposed in Jan. 2018 to our leadership. The first issue was released in May of 2018 to a readership of more than 26,000 SOM constituents. In my role, I am also responsible for writing and overseeing the design of personalized proposals for major gift solicitations. These solicitations often distill complex topics (ongoing research projects, clinical translational studies, etc.) to positively position the SOM to our key audiences. Enhancing the community’s understanding of the SOM is my primary goal, and I enjoy working with SOM marketing and my direct supervisor to track communication progress, create compelling videos, social media updates and other public relations-related materials.
Since working at Wayne, my direct supervisor has changed three times, and I have consistently proven to be a nimble, flexible thinker and team player. Working for the Associate Vice President for Development, I implemented the department’s strategic communication goals while coordinating with university television to create feature videos for the school. During this time, which was also the sesquicentennial anniversary for both the SOM and the university, I generated all outgoing sponsorship information for the school’s celebratory gala.
Before joining the team at Wayne State, I served as a writing instructor for first-year writing at Eastern Michigan University and a writing center consultant in the Science Success Center and other satellite writing center locations. As an instructor, I taught two semesters of writing courses focused on rhetoric and communication. During this year, I created a course curriculum, taught each class, and evaluated student progress throughout the semester. As a tutor at the Science Success Center, I focused on helping students with lab reports, conference posters, presentations, and other scientific research papers.
Between November of 2013 and November of 2014 I worked as a team lead on the Business Process Optimization team for Hudson Insurance Group in Atlanta, Georgia. The team, comprised of myself and four other individuals, was responsible for documenting and analyzing all current business processes and offering solutions to optimize production efficiency. My role included creating all outgoing communications from the team to the business, and overseeing the completion of a Standard Operating Procedure for the Personal Umbrella Underwriting Department. As the team leader, I planned and prepared all Business Process Optimization team events and meetings and assigned tasks to the team in our weekly Agile Scrum. I was also responsible for all of the team’s final deliverables and reported directly to the Program Manager of the Surety Underwriting IT Department.
I have also previously worked as a marketing intern at both Clickberry Incorporated and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. As the Clickberry Marketing and Social Media Intern, I designed, directed, and completed two successful company sweepstakes and increased Clickberry’s Social Media following from 160 to 2,400 individuals in one month. The marketing campaigns also included creating a plethora of web advertisements in Adobe Photoshop and writing all of the copy for the marketing campaigns and the company advertisements.