Professional portfolio

Award-winning writer and editor

In our big-data world, metrics matter. Making a quantitative connection between quality marketing collateral and product sales is a challenge.

Awards answer that challenge.

I started winning awards in graduate school. I earned the Lander Award for the Graduate Study of History from Clemson University for my master’s thesis.

While I was editing team lead, The Integrity Group had its biggest year at the STC Houston awards—winning more than 20 individual awards.

Audits provide another answer.

As Creative Services Manager, I dreamed of setting up a comprehensive quality audit system. I want to make that dream a reality for my next employer.

Expat and volunteer

In 2012, I left the U.S. and a successful career to follow my husband to India.

The image of trailing spouses drinking gin and tonics and spending their husbands’ money is a myth.

The reality is more complex. Like most trailing spouses living in Asia and the Middle East, I volunteered.

In Mumbai, I used my skills to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. As a Mumbai Connexions member, I conducted research and interviewed stakeholders to report on our organization’s charitable contributions. My research took me into Mumbai’s poorest neighborhoods, where I found something unexpected: hope and my own voice as a writer.

As a columnist and blogger, I wrote about Indian economic issues and created an engaging, compelling story that used a cup of Starbucks coffee to explain foreign direct investment in India.

While in Dubai, I edited and marketed the bestselling novel Child/God. This experience led me to write my own book about India.

In 2016, I split my time between Seoul and Bangalore. While at Anita’s Attic writing program, I finished my first draft.

Branding expert and storyteller

Living in India and Korea taught me more about branding than I ever learned as an editor. Creating a global brand is essential but fraught with issues around language and culture.

Once upon a time, men like Leo Burnett created such brands.  Big brands. Kellogg’s. StarKist. United.

 

Today, everyone has a brand. Apple. BHGE. Kim Kardashian. My Chihuahua Peanut.

Everyone.

Fortune 500 companies in the technology, energy, and engineering and construction sectors have trusted me to enforce and create their brand standards. I have worked as an editor on a rebranding team that turned 1250 data sheets in a single month. I have managed a team that created brands for companies that didn’t have them.

As an editor, I had one mantra: write for your audience.

As a brand storyteller, I add one more: tell the best story in the simplest language.

Let me help you tell your brand story.

Core competencies

  • Branding and marketing
  • Content strategy
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Technical communication
  • Thought leadership
  • Traditional and social media
  • Training development

Style guide experience

  • Associated Press
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • HP style
  • Microsoft Manual of Style
  • Society for Petroleum Engineers
  • Style guide creation
  • Weatherford style

Tool expertise

  • Adobe Acrobat and InCopy
  • Author-it
  • Facebook Pages
  • Microsoft Office
  • Scrivener
  • Twitter
  • WordPress
  • XML

Work samples

If you made it this far down the page, you are probably wondering if I have any samples that prove I’m as amazing as I say I am. I created this simple PowerPoint presentation to do exactly that.

The development of this presentation has its own story that explores the creative process and shows why even editors need editors—and graphic designers. If you want to hear that story, contact me.

Contact Jean

I have recently returned to the U.S., so I am temporarily staying in South Carolina. My target locations are Philadelphia, New York, and Seattle. I am highly mobile and am available for immediate relocation.

For inquires, please visit my Contact Jean page or find me on these social media channels: