Leanne Libert leanne[at]alumni.cmu.edu
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design, Pittsburgh, PA
M.Des. in Communications Planning and Information Design 5.2009
· thesis essay, “Organizing is Designing”
· thesis project, “Designing for Empowerment”
Gannon University, Erie, PA
B.A. in English, Minor in Journalism 5.2003
· Gannon University Journalism Award for News, 2003
· Gannon University Award for Academic Excellence in English, 2003
Brand & Communications Consultant 3.2007 – Present
KacyDukeFitness, New York, NY
Transform celebrity fitness trainer and best-selling author Kacy Duke’s brand from that of a personal fitness trainer to life coach and motivational speaker by expanding her Web presence, including her personal site and other Web-based social networks. Plan and execute a series of workshops to empower women based on her best-selling book The Show It Love Workout.
Brand & Communications Consultant 3.2007 – 2.2009
BurgessGroup LLC, Alexandria, VA
Partner with the art director to design brand architecture, a visual identity system, Web presence and print materials for a Medicare reimbursement software and solutions firm. Manages press and marketing efforts. Creates tools and visual aids for sales team.
Corporate Communications Associate 9.2005 – 3.2007
Chemonics International Inc., Washington, DC
Created products with in-house design team at an international development firm to standardize a visual identity system and streamline business processes in support of brand development. Designed and implemented internal communications strategies in tandem with senior management. Managed content for internal and external Web sites
and corporate marketing materials.
Publications Coordinator 9.2004 – 8.2005
National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington, DC
Designed all materials published by the national headquarters using Adobe
InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Consulted executive officers on federal and state legislation and news to shape the organization’s message. Wrote and edited content for now.org and its subsidiary Web sites.
Managing Editor 9.2004 – 8.2005
National NOW Times, Washington, DC
Assigned coverage of feminist news for a 250,000-circulation national newspaper, edited and organized stories into layout format following Associated Press and in-house style.
Accounts Payable Manager 7.2003 – 8.2004
PinnOak Resources LLC, Canonsburg, PA
Promoted from administrative assistant to liaise among accounts payable, purchasing and payroll departments to meet all financial commitments. Managed staff at two mining sites to ensure the accounts payable department met all deadlines and produced reports
according to month-end closing schedule.
Features Typist & Editorial Assistant 8.2002 – 5.2003
Erie Times-News, Erie, PA
Worked with a team of features editors to produce religion, health and lifestyles sections for a 62,000-circulation daily newspaper named Pennsylvania’s best newspaper, 2003.
News & Features Intern 5.2002 – 8.2002
Cosmopolite Herald, Girard, PA · Times Leader, Union City, PA
Wrote and edited news and features for 4,000 and 5,000-circulation weekly newspapers and executed the final layout and paste-up procedures each week.
News Editor 4.2002 – 5.2003
The Gannon Knight, Erie, PA
Promoted from staff writer to assign and edit news stories for 1,500-circulation weekly college newspaper rated among first-class college newspapers nationwide by the American Scholastic Press Association, 2002-2003.