Extensive project management, conference management, and theatrical stage management experience, a degree in Philosophy, martial arts training, and diverse interests including training and coaching, organizing and producing events, writing, editing and graphic design, sailing and singing, have given me the managerial, motivational, analytical, and other skills that have helped me to work effectively in corporate, academic, scientific, and artistic environments with a broad range of people, from business executives to technicians, from professors and teachers to trainees and students, from artists to actors.
I specialize in analyzing complex systems of people, data, and equipment, then making them intelligible and usable, and developing ways to track and manage them. Facilitation, coordination, and making things work. I have used these skills to be a problem-solving creative thinker in a variety of positions. References available on request. Writing samples and additional information available both by request and on this website.
Microsoft Suite (including Visio), SAPweb, SAPgui, SharePoint, Photoshop, basic HTML, Firefox.
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Selected Work Experience:
Improbable Research, Inc. / Ig Nobel Prizes Title: General Manager (2003-present)
I am Co-Producer and Stage Manager of the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Together with my Co-Producer and Facilitator, we manage all aspects of this internationally known science-humor award held at Harvard and MIT. We manage over 100 people including Nobel Laureates, scientists, technicians, and supporters throughout the year and broadcast around the world. We evaluate nominations, manage the selection committee, and supervise all theatrical and broadcast elements. We also produce several smaller events for science fairs, conferences and conventions, and operate a website and magazine.
MIT Sloan School of Management Title: Program Coordinator MIT Sloan Student Life (2004-2013)
Coordinating, advising, and tracking all Sloan student conferences, case competitions, and other events. I taught Sloan MBAs and graduate students how to plan their conferences, and helped MIT manage the publicity, alumni, and development opportunities. I developed and managed the system by which students brand events with the school name and developed the on-line planning guide. I advised students and staff on fiscal matters, navigating bureaucracy, project management, donor outreach, event promotion, contract negotiation, VIP security procedures, media relations, vendor relations, and more. I developed and offered training sessions to students and staff, and conducted ongoing outreach to multiple departments around MIT. I received multiple awards from Sloan and completed training in mediation, first aid, and Administrative Officer Fundamentals.
MIT's Business School hired me to help manage their student orientation in 2004, and quickly decided they had to keep me as a permanent employee. The Student Life Office handles Major events, academic advising, all official student trips, activities for over 65 clubs, training and culture across programs and departments, and is the catch-all for all MIT Sloan activities not assigned to a specific department. While there, I invented, improved, or clarified several processes, dramatically increased the size and success of the student conference portfolio. I also began a university wide upgrade of the event registration process (for which I received the first of my Sloan Enterprise Awards).
Harvard University Title: Production Assistant (2003-2010)
Production work for the Memorial Hall Complex as Assistant Stage Manager, House Manager, and as Usher for numerous shows. Additional work with Harvard theatre and music societies over the previous 5 years.
Anmahian Winton Architects
Title: Office Manager (2002-2003)
Cataloguing firm library and materials, real estate search for a planned office move, website design, general office coordination and management duties.
First Night International (FNI) Title: Special Projectes Manager (1998, 2002)
Conference planning, grant writing, giving computer instruction to senior staff, editing the company newsletter, move coordination, facilitating communications among 200 member communities in North America, basic financial bookkeeping, writing, editing, daily operation of office.
First Night International franchises the "First Night" name and vision of a family-friendly, arts oriented New Year's Eve celebration to its member communities. It also teaches those members how to put on a good city-wide show, negotiates national discounts and sponsorship deals, and enforces its artistic and business standards. There are are over 200 member communities in North America and FNI organizes an annual conference to help them meet, learn, and share experiences.
WellChild Foundation Title: Communications Manager (2000-2001)
Event and website planning and management for nonprofit division of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Planned and coordinated logistics for medical and other workshops/conferences. Writing, Editing, and website management, acted as assistant to Director, distributed educational and promotional materials, follow up contact, and office manager duties.
Wellchild was a non-profit dividion of BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts devoted to teaching doctors and parents about early childhood education, and about how to effectively communicate with each other. The division was dissolved in 2001 to make way for a larger version of itself.
Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University (CMS) Title: Executive Administrator &
Media Liaison (1997-2000,
seasonal duties through 2003)
Planning and managing of simultaneous projects for international academic research center. Media contact and spokesman duties, grant writing, office management duties, management of director’s and VIP guests’ schedules, writing, editing, press releases and kits, web design, public presentations and interviews with local and national media outlets.
The Center studies how beliefs in an immanent destruction (or radical change) of the world has an impact on societies throughout history, because people with these beliefs have had - and will continue to have - a significant effect, both positive and negative.
Along with my other duties at the Center, I conducted my own research and writings on millennial and apocalyptic thought and behavior, and edited the research of others in the field. I made presentations to schools, historical and religious associations, and media outlets, consulted for other research agencies working on topics related to the field, and designed and taught a class on millennialism in modern culture. A partial list of the organizations that called on me includes:
The Arlington Institute (Washinton, DC). New England Cable News Network. Thornton Academy. Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Boston Clergy for Interfaith Dialogue. The Society of Colonial Wars of Massachusetts. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The Lazarus Foundation. The Greater Lowell Methodist Cluster.
Freelance Event & Conference Planner; (ongoing)
Extensive experience planning, organizing, and managing events of all sizes, in academic, corporate and other environments.
Additional information on my Event Planning experience and credentials available on this website's Language & Logistics page and by
Freelance Writer (1996-present)
Magazine, newspaper, and worldwide web samples available upon request
Samples of my writing are available on this website's Writings page and by request
Tai Chi Instructor (1992-2013)
Extensive experience organizating and teaching classes and educational seminars for Universities, Hospitals, Health clubs, and Cultural Centers.
Additional information on my martial arts experience and credentials available on this website's Wushu page
Harvard Bookstore Title: Special Orders Associate, Bookseller (1994-1997)
Researching customer orders, publisher contact, international customer service
King Richard’s Faire Title: Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Properties Master, and Technical Director
Supervised the simultaneous use of twelve stages and performance areas. Worked with management, actors, security, vendors, and more to give up to 15,000 daily visitors a happy, safe, rowdy, and entertaining experience. Managed rehearsal and technical schedules, designed and built props and stage pieces, created pyrotechnic effects, managed and maintained weapons, and more.
Additional information on my Theatre Production experience and credentials available on this website's Theatre page
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