Cindy Orlandi is a retired PR and marketing executive who is still pursuing her passions in writing and volunteer work. AWC-Detroit's Little Libraries initiative in Detroit inspired her to donate copies of her book, which benefits a favorite cause, animal rescue.
Pat Gomez Martz had no idea she was a technical communicator until her daughter made the observation while working as an unpaid intern at her mother's business. Later, a master's in technical and professional communication from Lawrence Technological University changed the direction of her career.
Lydia is responsible for course management and communications for an online public health program at Michigan State University. She is currently working on a master's degree in strategic communications at MSU and loves helping friends and associates with creative media.
Renata has an MBA from the University of New York in Prague, a master's in biology and chemistry, and a long history working in the pharmaceutical industry. She recently moved to the Greater Detroit area after her husband's job transfer in the auto industry. She is eager to apply her skills to digital marketing and looks forward to participating in volunteer organizations like AWC Detroit!
Emily Shirden relocated from Chicago to Detroit in 2014 to help build the Detroit office of Finn Partners, which now employs nearly 20 full-time communications professionals. With over 15 years in the PR biz and particular experience with national health organizations, she was recently acknowledged as a "PR Guru" by pharmaceutical marketing journal PM360.
Stephanie Steinberg is the managing editor of monthly lifestyle magazine Neighborhood SEEN. She was also a features reporter for the Detroit News and a health and finance editor at U.S. News and World Report. Her favorite interview was with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis while riding a duck boat tour in Boston.
Julie Fracker is the communications director for the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. When Julie worked in media relations for Kmart, she took calls from national media after the company stopped selling handgun ammunition – a decision influenced by Michael Moore after he showed up in the company's headquarters to film a scene for his documentary Bowling for Columbine.
Freelance writers need every ounce of inspiration to earn a buck or two and keep going when things get tough. Here’s what Pam Houghton learned from Michigan-based movie-makers at an AWC Detroit program back in 2010 that has stuck with her.