additional experience

Managing Editor, Business Leader Magazine

Adjunct English Instructor, Durham Technical Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, NC Wesleyan College

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going global

Experience conducting business in person in the following countries: Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, India, Kenya, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Uganda.


"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

-George Bernard Shaw


"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

-Mark Twain

"When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems."

-Stephen Covey

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work history

Vice President, Communications, RTI International

2011 - Present                                Read Recommendations
Lead Corporate Communications for an independent nonprofit research institute working on projects in more than 75 countries across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development disciplines. Responsible for strategic integrated communications planning and program implementation across earned, shared, paid, and owned media communication channels. Lead the Office of Corporate Communications team responsible for content marketing, media relations, social media, advertising and sponsorships, conferences and events, executive and internal communications, and corporate social responsibility. Lead crisis and change communications for the institute.

Corporate Communications Consultant, Progress Energy

2010 - 2011                                 Read Recommendations
Responsible for internal stakeholder communications for the Distribution System Demand Response (DSDR) Smart Grid project, working with the change management team at Progress Energy Carolinas. Developed a range of communications materials for internal audiences ranging from linemen to project executives.

Corporate Communications Principal, Campbell Alliance

2008 -  2009                                Read Recommendations
Led corporate communications function for management consulting firm serving the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Developed materials presenting corporate information to a multifaceted audience, including the board of directors, investors, employees, and customers. Provided extensive communications support to executive management.

Head of Marketing Communications, Sony Ericsson, North America

2008                                            Read Recommendations
Identified market needs, developed product go-to-market strategies, and created relevant marketing campaigns targeting wireless operators and consumers in North America for wireless handset manufacturer. Served as company spokesperson and managed PR outreach in North America. Managed internal and executive communications programs and marketing communications staff for North America.

Corporate Communications Director, Harris Stratex Networks

2006 - 2008                                 Read Recommendations
Senior communications executive for new publicly traded global wireless transmission company formed from a merger of Harris Corporation division and competitor. Directed media relations program and served as company spokesperson. Managed company brand, including corporate messaging and product positioning. Led all internal communications efforts and served as primary writer for all CEO and executive communications initiatives. Directed investor communications program, including earnings releases, investor/analyst road show presentations, and annual report. Managed corporate communications staff

Senior Manager, Global Marketing Communications, Harris Corporation—Microwave Communications Division

2004 - 2006                                 Read Recommendations
Directed all global marketing communications activities for microwave radio and network management products and services for commercial telecommunications division. Creative director and project manager for all advertising and marketing campaigns, including product launches. Managed international trade show/event program and internal communications for division. Managed media relations program, working with PR agencies in North America, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. Managed global marketing communications and technical marketing staff.

Global Marketing Director, Tompkins Associates, Inc.

1999 - 2004                                 Read Recommendations
Developed, implemented, and measured marketing plans for supply chain consulting and systems integration firm. Managed global marketing staff and outreaches including media relations; collateral and publications; speeches, seminars, and executive education programs; trade shows and events; direct marketing campaigns; and website.

Marketing Communications Manager, Misys Healthcare Systems

1998 - 1999
Responsible for media relations, advertising design and placement, collateral production, and promotional campaign creation for healthcare information technology firm. Worked directly with the CEO on investor/crisis communications initiatives. Served as creative director and chief copywriter for all marketing department projects. Managed vendors.

Corporate Communications Manager, UAI Technology, Inc.

1995 - 1998
Managed communications for financial education and corporate cash management market research divisions. Served as creative director, chief copywriter, and project manager for all marketing and sales materials, coordinated trade show participation, and facilitated customer training sessions. Managed communications staff.

Communications Specialist, Peace College

1994 - 1995
Served as primary writer for the college, writing all press releases and feature stories for publications.

Account Manager, Articulate Concepts

1993 - 1994
Consulted with design firm’s corporate and nonprofit clients to assess marketing needs, determine goals, and set project specifications. Served as creative director and copywriter for client projects including brochures, newsletters, directories, annual reports, advertising campaigns, promotional packages, and sales materials.