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Introductions and Pleasantries


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Introductions and Pleasantries


Six, Six-Word Memoirs Describing Me

1. Samantha Schlemm I am, I am

2. Runs like poetry, walks into walls

3. Homebody diagnosed with extremely acute wanderlust

4. Accustomed to city life, loves hiking

5. Agonizes over giving the perfect gift

6. Nose is always in a book

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Resumé


Resumé


 

Where I've Been & What I've Done

 
 

EDUCATION    

Quinnipiac University

  • College of Liberal Arts, Hamden, CT 
  • B.A. English & Interactive Digital Design
  • Magna Cum Laude—May 2011

University of Westminster

  • London, UK—Semester Abroad 2010

 

Recognition

Established award-winning campaigns for Havas Lynx recognized by:

OMMA, MM&M, The Rx Club, DTC National, W3, PM360 Trailblazer

 

additional skills

  • Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite 5, and basic HTML 
  • Translates “strategy-speak” to “people-speak”  
  • Slashes character-counts
  • Peels oranges in single spirals
  • Dabbles in travel blogging at: RamblingAboutRambling

 

 

Experience

The Bozzuto Group (Greenbelt, MD)

Senior Copywriter—Nov. 2016 to Present

  • Write internal and external corporate communications, including executive speeches, emails, website copy, blog posts, articles, videos, signage, and other promotional materials
  • Educate and guide coworkers by providing strategic branding resources, as well as content writing best practices
  • Act as managing editor of an employee engagement magazine, the Bozzuto Buzz, writing, editing, and planning content, as well as leading a task force of individuals from four divisions to generate their own content 
  • Manage a team of four interns as they learn how to adopt a brand voice and understand the psychographics of their target audience 

Havas Lynx (New York, NY)

Associate Creative Director—Mar. 2016 to Nov. 2016

Senior Copywriter —Jul. 2015 to Mar. 2016

Copywriter—Oct. 2012 to Jun. 2015

  • Lead copywriter for several major healthcare and pharmaceutical clients 
  • Collaborated with creative, strategy, IA/UX, and account teams to develop unique concepts, tactics, video scripts, and new business pitches that felt more like an experience than advertising
  • Created brand identities and comprehensive stories based on category and target insights
  • Engaged various audiences in both digital and print channels by developing cohesive ecosystems that wove the target’s voice into overall promotional campaigns, communications, and tactics 

 

Palm Publishing (Norwalk, CT)

Editor—Mar. 2012 to Sept. 2012

  • Assessed and edited new novelty and traditional picture books for preschoolers, as well as leveled early elementary readers

  • Generated new book concepts, promotional materials, and cover copy

  • Managed authors, illustrators, designers, and licensors such as the Smithsonian Institution to develop compelling and educational stories

 

Lowenstein Associates Inc. (New York, NY)

Literary Agent Intern—Sept. 2011 to Dec. 2011

  • Analyzed fiction and nonfiction queries in attentive, yet concise reports

  • Constructed book proposals for presentations and developed new social media marketing tactics
  • Organized all contracts and digital rights information 

 

Toys"R"Us (Wayne, NJ)

Creative Copywriter Intern—Jun. 2010 to Aug. 2010

  • Wrote and edited copy for weekly newspaper inserts, catalogs, and marketing materials for Toys"R"Us, Babies"R"Us, and FAO Schwarz
  • Lead copywriter on the Imaginarium catalog
  • Researched specific product details and systematized the digital database by communicating with buyers, and other departments

 

Allison & Busby Publishing (London, UK)

Editorial Intern—Jan. 2010 to Apr. 2010

  • Proofread and edited new manuscripts and eBook conversions 
  • Constructed copy for book jackets, as well as prospective audience and marketing strategy reports
  • Designed promotional packaging and a quarterly digital catalog

 

Montage, Literary & Art Magazine (Quinnipiac University) 

Editor-in-Chief—2007 to 2011

  • Oversaw student-run staff in selecting creative submissions and producing the magazine from start to finish—including designing, packaging, and proofing files
  • Coordinated annual student art festival’s displays and performances