SUSAN KELLY POWERS - The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City

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					                                SUSAN KELLY POWERS
                           1701 East Drury Lane  Olathe, Kansas 66062
                   913-829-5456

Articulate communicator adept at writing memorable copy, building relationships, and
coordinating programs and projects. Versatile contributor to the team effort. Self-starter with
strong work ethic and proven success in diverse situations. Outstanding analytical abilities,
creative problem solving, and strong organizational and planning skills. Proficient in MS Word.
Skilled in MS Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Master’s degree. Competencies include:
 Award-winning writing            Editor of national newsletter       Successful program manager
 Internal publications            Web writing and editing             Consumer publications
 Persuasive copywriting           Proven proofreading                 Media relations experience

                                 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
SUSAN KELLY POWERS, Olathe, Kansas                                                         2005 to present
Contract and Independent Writer / General Manager / Business Developer
Penned and edited financial articles and press releases, profiles, histories, marketing blurbs,
advertorials, an editorial and a book review for national, regional and local Web sites and
HEART TO HEART INTERNATIONAL, Olathe, Kansas                                                 2004 to 2005
Administrative Assistant / Writer, Resource Development
Created solicitations to grassroots donors and pharmaceutical executives. Took minutes.
Networked and cross-managed. Formulated project timelines.
 Revised grant proposals, three of which appeared online at community foundations.
 Drafted cover letter for 2003 annual report. Contributed 10 editorial suggestions for newsletter.
 Created talking points and follow-up letters for two phone-a-thons and called 25 donors.
 Responded to floods of tsunami donors by phone and email.
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS CO., Overland Park, Kansas                                                      2002
Department Coordinator / Executive Administrative Assistant (via Kelly Services)
Composed agendas and meeting notices. Coordinated moves, travel arrangements, plus meeting
and catering reservations for two directors and combined departments of 100 employees.
Networked and developed contacts throughout the new building.
 During director’s business travels, collected, edited and sent managers' weekly activity reports to VP.
KANSAS UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION, Kansas City, Kansas                                 2000 to 2002
Newsletter Correspondent / Administrative Assistant, Development
Served as newsletter correspondent to the home office. Wrote donor acknowledgments. Took
walk-in donations. Managed reservations and on-site event registrations. Created databases.
 Wrote four monthly articles on subjects as diverse as employee feats and the visit of a key donor.
 Garnered additional publication of two items in Synapse 2001, KU Med’s selective anthology.
 Learned the art and importance of cultivating ongoing donor relationships.
 Responded quickly and thoroughly to donors and other medical professionals requesting service.
STEPP & ROTHWELL, Overland Park, Kansas                                                     1999 to 2000
Assistant Analyst
Documented 150 investment and financial planning meetings with clients.
Page 2, Résumé of Susan Kelly Powers                                                 913-829-5456

METLIFE AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS, Overland Park, Kansas                                  1998 to 1999
Legal Secretary (via Kelly Services)
Drafted legal correspondence, typed multi-million-dollar loan documents, analyzed closed loans
and maintained call-ups for two attorneys.
 Represented department on holiday committee, planning and choosing clothes for needy family.
SUSAN KELLY POWERS, Olathe, Kansas                                                       1993 to 1998
Contract and Independent Writer / General Manager / Business Developer
Wrote about various subjects ranging from people, mentoring and the arts to business and
nonprofits. Edited and wrote for Sprint's online product reference library. Performed an editorial
audit. Coauthored a book about communication in social settings.
 Strengthened marketing skills through networking, writing queries and cold-calling editors.
 Penned articles published in dozens of national and local publications: cover stories in
   Kansas City Magazine, Where Kansas City, and the Ottawa Herald, as well as stories in
   VFW Auxiliary Magazine, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal, Jazz
   Ambassador Magazine, and Together (for a coalition.)
 Won Mensa award for one story and a second prize for a mentoring article.
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS CO., Overland Park, Kansas                                         1989 to 1993
Administrative Assistant to Vice President of International Telecom Services (1990-1993)
Prepared copious technical correspondence and presentations. Assisted high-level, foreign
visitors. Audited expense reports. Implemented new technology to increase productivity.
 Facilitated "Great Decisions" foreign-culture discussions among Sprint International employees.
 Interviewed foreign nationals by phone; earned commendation for marketing research project.
 Polished ethnic sensitivity in seminars and in working with employees from three continents.
Administrative Assistant to Director of Carrier Management (1989-1990)
Served as departmental liaison with onsite telephone carriers. Coordinated projects for director
and six additional staff members. Mastered both IBM and Macintosh platforms.
   Edited and wrote for a monthly, mortgage banking newsletter distributed nationwide to 25
    branches for two years. Guided contributing writers. Named columns. Established a series.
   Recruited students and taught private voice lessons for 10 years. Wrote studio newsletter and
    press releases. Taught voice at Baker University and Ottawa University for a total of four years.
Graduate media writing classes by Ann Wylie, Webster University, Kansas City, Missouri, 1993-1994
Master of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City / Bachelor of Music, University of Kansas
IABC regional writing seminars, Jeff Herrington, Angelo Trozzolo et al, 2006; Don Ranly 1998
Grant-writing seminars, Entrepreneurial Growth Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004

   IABC, 1997-1998, 2005-2007; Volunteer of the Month February ’07; wrote Web articles for ’06
    regional conference marketing committee.
   Association for Women in Communications, past member and VP of External Communications.
   Council on Philanthropy, past member.
   Brainstormed, wrote and edited marketing materials, plus critiqued a Web site, for three
    years on a marketing and communications committee.
   Recruited four weekly volunteer speakers for three years; coached and provided feedback.

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