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Plymouth Court, #809 Chicago, Illinois 60605 Residence: (312) 986-8105 Cell: (312) 208-3421 SUMMARY Strategic and innovative communications professional with top notch media relati ons experience at Fortune 50 companies. Excellent written and verbal skills with proven ability to communicate complex and technical concepts to internal and ex ternal audiences. Strong background in crisis communications with expertise in n eutralizing negative publicity and reinforcing corporate image. Committed to ali gning communications objectives with company's overall mission. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE R.J. DALE ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS, Chicago, IL 2006-present A full-service national marketing communications agency in downtown Chicago. Director, Public Relations, Chicago, IL (2006-present) Supervise and oversee the execution of two corporate local accounts and one nati onal corporate account in three markets; provide public relations counsel and di rection for account executives and client senior level management; develop publi c relations plans and special events for client senior corporate management; sup ervise staff of four in Chicago, Houston and Tampa. * Awarded 2008 Golden Trumpet Award from Publicity Club of Chicago for managing and executing unique, innovative community relations program for global client. GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, Detroit, MI 2000-2006 The world's largest automaker and industry sales leader since 1931. Manager, Media Relations, Detroit, MI (2003-2005) Developed media relations strategies to neutralize negative environmental public ity at GM manufacturing facilities nationwide; strategy involved informing and e ducating environmental trade journalists about GM's positive environmental progr ams and technology. * Awarded 2005 Silver Quill Media Relations Award of Merit from U.S. District 7 International Association of Business Communicators for developing GM's 2004 en vironmental communications plan that clearly articulated the company's position on natural resources conservation and the technology used to assist in conservat ion efforts. * Informed and educated 20+ million viewers about GM's landfill gas projects th at help conserve and save natural resources by assisting in developing and coord inating renewable energy program for global and national educational television series "Learning About...," hosted by actor Michael Douglas. * Succeeded in placing the first major story on GM's landfill gas conservation efforts in Fortune Magazine, Jan. 2005, read by 300,000+ readers that helped the public and media understand GM's conservation of natural resources. * Increased the understanding of GM's natural resources conservation program of some 200,000+ readers by persuading trade environmental publication "critics" t o write about GM's environmental successes in over one dozen national trade maga zines in 2004. Manager, Community/Media Relations, Atlanta, GA (2000-2003) Developed and implemented comprehensive internal communications program for GM t en-state Southeast (SE) Region employees; devised community relations program th at evaluated Atlanta area community events for GM funding.

* Enhanced and improved communications by creating four-page, color newsletter, FOCUS, that covered GM key events and issues for 500+employees in SE Region. Th is newsletter became model for newsletters in GM's other four regions. * Awarded 2002 100s List of Georgia's Most Powerful & Influential Women by Toda y's African-American Woman Magazine for engaging GM support of key events in Atl anta area. COMMONWEALTH EDISON, Chicago, IL 1999 to 2000 Energy company that supplies and distributes electricity to 3.6 million homes an d businesses in Chicago and surrounding areas of Northern Illinois. Now subsidia ry of Exelon. Senior Communications Specialist, Chicago, IL (1999 to 2000) Wrote and implemented overall communications plan, strategies and activities for Environmental Services Department (ESD), performed all media relations for ESD, assisted as company spokesperson during crisis period. * Developed first ever communications plan to deal effectively with environment al groups and trade publications that inquired about ComEd's environmental perfo rmance and anti-pollution practices. AT&T CORPORATION, CHICAGO, IL 1988-1996 A global leader in local, long distance, internet and transaction-based voice an d data services. Manager, Public Relations, Chicago, IL (1991-1996) Coordinated Consumer Services activities including managing media relations effo rts as well as designing and executing PR programs for the African-American, Afr ican and Caribbean markets in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis. Assiste d upper management with planning and implementing strategic marketing plans to g ain a competitive edge in the consumer market. * Awarded 1993 Public Relations Top Performer for the Chicago, Detroit and Minn eapolis offices for media placements that strengthened AT&T's image as a technol ogy leader. * Won 1993 Hall of Excellence Recognition Award for outstanding work on "Images & Realities," a Television and Community Program that reinforced AT&T as a civi c partner. * Won 1994 PRO Award for Excellence in Public Relations for organizing the 1994 -Five City Video Conference at the State of Illinois Building that established A T&T as the leader in state-of-the-art products and services for businesses. Manager, Community Relations, Naperville, IL (1988-1991) Served as liaison between AT&T Bell Laboratories and DuPage County/Naperville go vernment officials. Coordinated all local and external requests for speakers, pe rformed all editing for company newsletter as well as developed and instituted e ditorial policy changes as needed. * Selected in 1989 for a six-month highly visible special media relations assig nment at Bell Laboratories' headquarters to manage local, national and internati onal media relations in connection with breaking news announcements at AT&T. * Won 1991 PRO Award for Excellence in Public Relations for creating and execut ing a communication plan for AT&T Bell Laboratories' 25th Anniversary that inclu ded organizing a high profile event that was attended by then-Governor of Illino is, Jim Edgar, and helped reinforce the company's image as a technology leader to local and na tional media.

EDUCATION MA, Columbia College Graduate School of Journalism BA, University of Michigan, Journalism