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
  • Digital publishing
  • Editorial workflows
  • Print production
  • Project management
  • Social media
  • Technical communication
  • Thought leadership
  • Training development

Style guide experience

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

Tool expertise

  • Adobe Acrobat and InCopy
  • Author-it
  • Content management systems
  • 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 have a PowerPoint video available on request. Please feel free to get in touch.

Contact Jean

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