How to Get Something Done
The Women in Leadership conferences began with the question, “What could we accomplish if the women of influence in Oklahoma City worked together to make a difference for other women?” The answer is, “A lot.”
But first the women needed to get to know one another.
To that end, Donna Miller founded the Senior Executive Women’s Networking Group in 2008. SEWNG’s first event was lunch at the Governor’s Mansion with First Lady Kim Henry. (Donna won the lunch at an auction at Keystone, her kids’ school.)
Debbie Fleming, a vice president of a public utility and an early member of SEWNG, was one of the 14 women at lunch. “It was the first time many of us had ever met,” says Debbie.
“It’s probably difficult for younger women to imagine our lack of connection to one another at that time,” Debbie continues. “But most of us were pioneers. We were often the first women to sit at the executive table.”
Donna and Debbie agreed that women in leadership needed to develop a social network. They needed a safe place where they could discuss important issues outside their organizations with people they respected and knew they could trust.
Debbie hosted the next event at her home. An executive chef taught 25 women, including Dr. Barbara Crandall, how to create holiday hors d’oeuvres. Barbara saw a natural tie-in with Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business, where she was a professor of management.
Barbara set up and attended a meeting with Donna, Debbie and Meinders Director of Communications (and multiple hat-wearer) Melissa Cory. “We talked about possible speakers, topics and how the University could – and should – participate,” recalls Melissa.
Marian Moon, who had recently retired as a senior leader in the energy industry, also hosted an event in her home. While the women talked about their lives, careers and key crossroads, Susan Morrison, an artist in residence for the State of Oklahoma, created a painting representing the major themes she heard.
The camaraderie increased with each SEWNG social event. The women created bonds, developed friendships, enjoyed networking and built trust as they learned how to pair wines, attended a Thunder game, took a preview tour of the Philharmonic Show House and picked the brain of an Internet guru.
“As women used to multitasking, we soon wanted to expand our efforts beyond socializing,” remembers Debbie. “We wanted to take on a cause to give us purpose and energy.”
The result? The First Annual Women in Leadership: Powerhouse Workshop & Panel was held at the Meinders School of Business in 2010.
The conference has been remarkable from the beginning. The topics are relevant. The conversations are candid and truthful. The atmosphere is intimate and trusting. The speakers talk openly about their successes and their failures, what they’ve learned and mistakes they’ve made. No one gets talked to or lectured at.
Meinders students attend the conference for free and submit essays to win $500 cash prizes. They benefit from learning about real-world experiences and from interacting with leaders they may never have met otherwise.
“Anyone can ask a question,” observes Martha Burger. “They will always get an honest answer.”
Now retired, Martha was a senior executive of an energy company when she joined the conference planning committee in 2011.
The benefits go well beyond the conference. It’s a win-win for everyone.
“The Women in Leadership conference helps us become better versions of ourselves,” notes Debbie. “We all have causes we’re passionate about. The conference and the relationships we’ve developed help us help other women and our community in meaningful ways.”
For example, Donna is an active member of the YWCA board. She has enlisted women in leadership positions to support the Y’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. “One in four adult women will be a victim of domestic violence,” cites Donna. “I truly believe that domestic violence and its impact on children is the root cause of most of society’s ills.”
Martha is a trustee of Oklahoma City University and a graduate of Meinders, which she says has been “a hidden gem” for far too long. “The conference is one of the reasons Meinders is being recognized as the important community, business and educational asset it is.”
The speakers, sponsors and organizers consider the conference a way to give back to the community, nurture students, recruit talent and promote their companies and institutions. It has given many women the opportunity to discover their voices. Employers also value the training and leadership development the conference provides.
SEWNG and its members have been absorbed into the fabric of the conference. They work on the organizing committee, suggest speakers and topics and solicit sponsorships. Martha and Lisa Putt, one of the core members of the planning team, have hosted the reception for presenters and sponsors the evening before the conference for several years.
Looking to the future, the conference organizers are investigating how to keep the intimacy and trust as the conference continues to grow and how to maintain relevance, especially for younger women leaders.
Not to worry. As we know, anything is possible when women work together to achieve a common goal.
RESULTS: This article transformed a local pharmacist into a national subject matter expert and a medical cannabis dispensary owner.
PROBLEM: Illinois became the twentieth state to legalize medical marijuana in August 2013. My client wanted to apply for a medical cannabis dispensary license and asked me to place, research and ghostwrite an article to establish his credibility.
SOLUTION: I convinced Drug Topics, a trade journal, to accept an article about medical marijuana as an excellent entrepreneurial opportunity for pharmacists. Their training, experience and mindset are perfect prerequisites for this new industry. The article I wrote was published online and in print under my client’s name in the December 2013 issue of Drug Topics — and published in Drug Topics’ sister publications. I suggested and arranged for my client to take a fact-finding trip to Colorado, where he formed some useful professional ties. I taught him how to use the article with the media, professional associations, elected and appointed officials and other influencers, which generated extensive media coverage and speaking dates. I prepared his presentations for professional presentations and public hearings and created his initial website.
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RESULTS: This article encouraged a new crop of women business leaders to become involved in helping other women — and also recognized the original and ongoing contributions of the founders.
PROBLEM: Donna Miller, a leading human resources professional, and I have worked together for years. She and a few other powerful women in Oklahoma organized what became an annual leadership conference. I wrote and edited welcome letters, seminar descriptions, speaker bios and ads for the conference programs. For the fifth anniversary, Donna asked me to write a history of the conference.
SOLUTION: I interviewed the original movers and shakers. Each woman talked about how the experiences around putting the conferences together had benefitted and changed them personally and professionally. They talked about having a safe environment for them to get to know — and trust — one another. That’s the purpose of the conference after all and became the theme of the article I wrote.
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Should you establish a medical marijuana dispensary?
I know the exact moment my inner entrepreneur roared into life. It was Sunday evening, Oct. 21, 2012. I was watching a segment on 60 Minutes about the medical marijuana industry in Colorado.
I’ve been interested in the medicinal benefits of botanicals since learning about them in pharmacy school. So I paid attention when California became the first state to legalize the medical use of cannabis in 1996. I continued to take notice as more states passed medical marijuana legislation.
However, the 60 Minutes segment inspired me to turn my interest into a business. I decided to apply for one of 60 licenses to open and operate a medical marijuana dispensary in my home state of Illinois as soon as they become available in 2014.
That was my first step into an exciting new industry.
Many other steps had preceded it. I’m a registered pharmacist with an MBA and more than 15 years of pharmacy and business experience. I’ve held senior director of pharmacy positions with major procurement and distribution companies. I have a passion for sales, marketing, negotiations, business development, and relationship management, and have used my entrepreneurial spirit to create new business lines, call centers, retail outlets, and services — all for other people.
I decided those days were over.
Opening any new business, even in a mature industry, is complicated. However, opening a medical marijuana dispensary in a brand-new industry with significant challenges goes beyond complicated. Here are a few reasons:
- Even in states that have legalized medical marijuana, licensed and registered medical marijuana growers, distributors, and patients are breaking federal laws under the Controlled Substances Act every day.
- Because of warnings from the U.S. Justice Department, banks are reluctant to open bank accounts for or lend money to legal medical marijuana businesses.
- By enforcing section 280E of the tax code, the IRS denies legal medical marijuana companies the ability to take standard business deductions on their federal taxes. It’s difficult to find investors for companies that can be audited and taxed out of existence.
- There are no consistent standards, rules, or regulations for any aspect of the medical marijuana business. The conditions it can be used for, the amount of drug a patient can possess, where it can be cultivated – these considerations and more vary wildly from state to state.
- Beginners should expect to go to more meetings and hearings than they could ever imagine with people and agencies they never heard of before. This business requires networking on steroids.
- Many of the cultivators (i.e., suppliers) are less than reliable.
- There are legions of people who claim to know how to help business owners and who are more than happy to take their money. Very few people actually know anything and are able to provide good counsel. Finding them is a bear.
A growing industry
In spite of substantial roadblocks, state legislatures continue to pass laws legalizing medical marijuana. They want — and need — the tax revenue and jobs.
Forbes estimates that the medical marijuana market was worth $1.7 billion in 2011 and expects it to be a $9 billion industry. That doesn’t count revenue from recreational use.
There may be more than 2.4 million medical marijuana patients currently registered in the United States. Forbes suggests that there may be 24.8 million potential patients.
The more I learn about the circumstances and challenges connected with dispensing medical marijuana, the more convinced I am that pharmacists are the best candidates to own and operate dispensaries.
We have the training, skills, experience, and patient-focused mindset. We are accustomed to adhering to regulations. We already know how to protect children, create a safe and secure environment, deal with difficult suppliers, maintain quality and inventory controls, educate patients, comply with rules and laws, and more.
In Connecticut, patients can obtain medical marijuana legally only from dispensaries licensed by the state, and only licensed pharmacists can apply for and obtain a dispensary license. The Connecticut statute also reclassified marijuana as a schedule II substance.
Whether other states and their regulatory agencies use Connecticut as a guide or not, they should at least enlist pharmacists to help them develop rules, standards, and practices.
The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, NASP, has established a task force to explore — and help its members capitalize on — the opportunities offered by medical marijuana. Certification and insurance reimbursement are two of the items on the task force’s extensive agenda.
Marijuana in various forms has been used for medicinal, religious, and ceremonial purposes — and probably for recreational purposes as well — for thousands of years.
Marijuana is thought to have been cultivated since the dawn of agriculture 10,000 years ago. The pharmacopeia of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, who lived circa 2,700 B.C., recommends marijuana use to treat more than 100 ailments.
Colonial Americans were ordered by the king of England to raise marijuana for export. George Washington grew marijuana at Mount Vernon.
In the United States, the criminalization of marijuana began in the 1930s. Recreational use had skyrocketed during Prohibition, during the years 1920 to 1933. Although opposed by the American Medical Association, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. Possession of marijuana for recreational use became illegal for the first time, and an excise tax was imposed on cannabis for medical and industrial uses.
The U.S. Supreme Court declared the 1937 law unconstitutional in 1969. The government countered by passing the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, claiming that marijuana has no medicinal applications, is unsafe, and has a high potential for abuse.
Marijuana was thereby declared a schedule I substance. Doctors are not allowed to prescribe marijuana; they can only “suggest” it. Pharmacists endanger their licenses if they have marijuana on site.
However, as of October 2013, medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and Washington D.C., and more states are considering legalization. Washington and Colorado have already legalized its recreational use.
People have been challenging the classification of marijuana for years. In August 2013, Sanjay Gupta, a respected neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for the CNN media network, and 60 Minutes correspondent, joined their ranks.
In an essay for CNN, Dr. Gupta publicly apologized for his previous opposition to medical marijuana. He explained that his research has proved to him that there never had been any scientific basis for the government’s claims. He went on to say that he was sorry for his part in helping the government mislead the American people for decades.
Gupta stated that many clinical studies have established that marijuana has “very legitimate medical applications” and “doesn’t have a high potential for abuse. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works.”
Reliable scientific studies by reputable organizations and universities have proven over and over again that marijuana can:
- Alleviate chronic pain, especially nerve pain caused by diabetes, amputation, HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis.
- Lower intra-ocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma.
- Relax muscle tension, decreasing muscle spasms and reducing shaking caused by multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders.
- Act as an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting agent, especially for people receiving chemotherapy.
- Stimulate the appetites of people with AIDS, cancer, and eating disorders.
- Relieve acute anxiety, insomnia, and other sleep disorders.
Researchers continue to discover and confirm additional medicinal uses for marijuana. For example, marijuana may have properties that enable it to starve cancer tumors.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 58% of Americans believe that marijuana use should be legal. The federal government’s resistance to public sentiment and scientific proof is crumbling slowly.
On August 29, 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would no longer enforce federal marijuana laws in states where marijuana use by adults is legal. Although he directed this statement to Washington and Colorado, it is seen as a major policy shift.
At the same time, Holder warned that states must have — and enforce — “robust controls and procedures” or face the risk of renewed federal enforcement. For example, states must prevent marijuana distribution to minors, ensure that criminals and gangs do not receive revenue from marijuana sales, and prevent marijuana from being sent to other states where it is not legal.
A 2010 memo sent by the IRS reminded the members of Congress that section 280E makes no exception for “medically necessary marijuana.” Congress needs to amend the code and exempt medical marijuana – at least in states that have legalized it. That action would finally allow legal and licensed medical marijuana companies to deduct standard business expenses on their federal taxes.
So far, all such bills submitted to Congress have died in committee.
I have no idea whether I will be granted a license to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois. But that doesn’t stop me from imagining my one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art dispensary.
My dispensary will be welcoming, patient-focused, and safe, and will be in strict compliance with all rules and regulations. It will offer various forms of medical cannabis, along with ancillary services and homeopathic remedies. There will be a comfortable seating area dedicated to patient and community education. There will be written material and touch screens to help patients access the latest information.
If your inner entrepreneur is clamoring to be set free, consider establishing a medical marijuana dispensary. It’s a challenging and exhilarating new field — and a perfect choice for pharmacists.
RESULTS: As a creator of beautiful and effective websites, trade show materials and many other communications, hype finally has its own website. It’s pretty old, but it still works.
PROBLEM: Daniel Stein, the art director and founder of Denver-based hype, and I worked together for years. His business is so successful that he never had time to create a website for his company. But then, Dan had an unlisted phone number when we first met, too.
SOLUTION: Dan and I forced ourselves to create this website. I wrote the content and set the tone. I also wrote and edited many of the pieces featured in the “work” section.
RESULTS: Healing Foundations has been able to add new content to its website as its business has expanded, just as we planned. The owners have maintained the welcoming and straightforward tone I established.
PROBLEM: A brand-new acutherapy center, Healing Foundations needed a website that would launch at the same time as it opened for business. The content needed to appeal to an educated 20 to 45 demographic in Roscoe Village, one of Chicago’s up and coming neighborhoods. The target market is curious about Oriental medicine but turned off by anything too woo-woo.
SOLUTION: I worked closely with the owners to plan the website, set the tone and make sure it could expand as needed. I wrote the content to be straight forward, informative, friendly and professional.
A lot of my content and tone is still present in many other websites that I wrote originally and that have been updated since by the companies’ internal teams. These include Sysmex USA, Miner Enterprises, Gayety’s Chocolates, Fidelitone, MyFinancialAdvice, Griffith Laboratories, Advent Oil and Gas, PursePower, PDI Medical, Purple Monkey Studios and Evans Food Products.
New Trier Performing Arts
RESULTS: This brochure helped increased participation in New Trier High School’s extracurricular performing arts programs and and set a new graphic standard for communications with students and their parents.
PROBLEM: The Performing Arts Department needed a good looking brochure to attract students to join its programs. There wasn’t much money or time. We would have to repurpose whatever we could find.
SOLUTION: With the help of the Performing Arts Coordinator, I collected existing photographs, selected quotes from students and rewrote program descriptions.
Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care
RESULTS: A successful campaign that included brochures, e-newsletters, news releases and lobbying convinced the Colorado legislature to fund school-based health clinics for the very first time.
PROBLEM: School-based health clinics provide low-cost and good medical and mental health services for economically struggling families. Most school districts are strapped for cash and need additional funding to support these clinics. Although hospitals often help set up the clinics, they usually don’t stay around as a funding source. The logical place to turn to is the state government. However, most state legislatures resist funding school-based health clinics. Many legislators represent rural areas and tend to think the clinics only serve the urban poor.
SOLUTION: We set up a campaign to let the legislature know that clinics are cheaper than emergency rooms and fill a healthcare void for poor children and their parents in underserved rural communities. I specifically included a chart to show the counties that currently had school-based health clinics and the services they provided. The chart showed that the counties served were overwhelmingly rural — and white.
I write a variety of brochures from one pagers that fold down into self mailers to multipage corporate extravaganzas. Clients include KN Energy, Murrayhill Company, Braddock Financial, KN Power Company, US West and others.
RESULTS: TopNews, a full-color email newsletter, went beyond increasing sales, which was its original purpose. It also generated positive media coverage, solidified relationships with the members’ executives, and increased employee participation. It was a major factor in Topco’s Retailer of the Year Award from Private Label magazine.
PROBLEM: Topco Associates is an multibillion dollar food industry cooperative. It provides private label food, merchandise and equipment to regional supermarkets, food service companies and wholesalers. The operating committee, Topco’s governing group, wanted the company to create and distribute an electronic newsletter to promote and expand sales.
SOLUTION: Topco hired me. I interviewed the members of the operating committee to make sure I included their expectations. I developed, named, directed the design and created ever-expanding distribution lists. I managed the project from start to email distribution every week, including gathering news and images and writing the newsletter. The distribution lists included the members’ senior executives and their employees, industry media and Topco employees.
I’m an old hand at creating, writing, editing and distributing online and print newsletters. My clients include KN Energy, Mountain Bell, Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care, ICOM, Chaparral Energy and many others. In a half-day class I developed and taught, each adult student created an individual electronic newsletter using Constant Contact. I won an award from the Advertising Federation for The Noodle, the employee newsletter my colleague Karen Valliant and I created for NDL/Polk.
Walmart Canada and Wholesome Goodness
Midwest Agricultural Museum
I write, distribute and generate media coverage for many of my clients. Recent Chicagoland media relations and publicity clients include TheatreBAM Chicago, Cook County Clerk David Orr and Topco Associates, which was featured in trade journals and The Wall Street Journal.
Rose Medical Center: Hospital to Home
AAEP: Celebrating 50 Years: It’s All About the Horse
direct mail and email marketing
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RESULTS: This 6×9, double-sided and inexpensive postcard successfully launched a brand new company.
PROBLEM: A brand new company, Rocky Mountain Shutters, had limited marketing money, no logo and rather drab but free product images.
SOLUTION: I featured the benefits — an unusually fast turn-around for a good product at a low price — on both sides of an oversized postcard. The graphic designer I selected created the company logo and photoshopped in all that glorious sunlight. The postcard was inexpensive to produce, offered a free estimate and has an elegant look and feel. Best of all, it worked. The card was reprinted many, many times and mailed to lists of new home owners in specific ZIP Codes.
speeches and presentations
RESULTS: Three of the many speeches I wrote for Sol Trujillo, president of US West, were reprinted in the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day. They helped build and reinforce his reputation as a major international business leader. The speeches also attracted extensive media attention.
PROBLEM: Sol Trujillo was the president and CEO of US West, one of the seven Baby Bells created from the breakup of AT&T. He had begun his career as a forecaster for AT&T, moved through the ranks and, although extremely talented and smart, was relatively unknown in the industry.
SOLUTION: Sandra Sanchez spearheaded the executive communications campaign that greatly expanded Sol Trujillo’s standing within the business and Hispanic communities. I freelanced for Sandy. I conducted thorough audience audits, massaged the message points and wrote speeches that resonated with their audiences.
Other speeches and presentations
I’ve been writing speeches and presentations for executives and subject matter experts for a long time. The audiences range from employees and conference attendees to the media, legislators and major influencers. I know my training and experience as an educator, theater professional and public speaker help me create speeches and presentations that keep listeners engaged and encourage them to take action.
human resources projects
RESULT: AT&T’s call centers continued to operate without interruption while 200 call centers were closed and 20 ramped up.
PROBLEM: AT&T needed to close 200 call centers nationwide and open 20 regional centers. Some people would lose their jobs. Others would be offered jobs in the new centers. New people would be hired. Under the law, there are stringent reporting requirements and timelines. The call centers needed to continue to function productively in the midst of turbulent change. This was a massive undertaking and the human resources staff needed as much help as it could get — and to buy into using it.
SOLUTION: Donna Miller was the director of organizational design and effectiveness for AT&T Broadband. She hired me as the writer and editor for a small team of other freelancers. Our task was to create a comprehensive toolkit for AT&T Broadband’s human resources staff to use. The resulting 277-page toolkit lived online, could be customized and was downloadable. It provided the company’s national human resources staff with information and assistance based on best practices and experience. We conducted weekly conference calls with up to 35 HR professionals to make sure we were on the right track and to ensure their participation. The toolkit was easy to understand. It included the business rationale, worksheets, samples of letters, legal guidelines, scripts for group and individual employee meetings, retention ideas, etc.
RESULT: The orientation program significantly improved retention.
PROBLEM: US West, the Baby Bell for 14 states, hired 6,000 new management (i.e. nonunion) employees a year. Many left after six months. Donna Miller was a director of human resources at US West. She determined that a lack-luster orientation program was a major culprit.
SOLUTION: Donna originally hired me to create a booklet that would introduce the company to new hires. She had seen a presentation for European investors I had developed for Sol Trujillo, the company’s president. I found a prospectus developed by one of the brokerages that underwrote US West stock to develop the overview. Within a few weeks, I became the sole copywriter for just about every part of the $100,000 on-boarding program, which included:
* Welcoming videos by each senior executive
* Brochures with tear-out checklists for managers and new hires
* Intranet resources, instruction video and booklet
* Benefits manual
* A mentoring program
* Inserts for mouse pads
* PowerPoint presentations and scripts
* A diversity video
* An innovative take a boss, peer and subordinate to lunch program
I also trained senior executives to deliver the presentations at the orientations. The executives practiced with their staff – many of whom said they wished the program had been available when they first joined the company.
The day-and-a-half orientation program was held twice a month in Denver and simulcast to the company’s other locations. The material was adapted for new union hires. I updated the program quarterly for four years — until US WEST was purchased by Qwest.
Other human resources projects
I really like HR and employee relations projects. I’ve researched and written succession planning bios, hundreds of job descriptions, interface copy to make PeopleSoft coherent, employee communications about benefits, management changes, how to avoid expensive and brand destroying lawsuits, and more.
Sandra Sanchez, Director, Office of the Undersecretary, US Department of Transportation
Nancy’s personality and broad knowledge set her apart. She’s reliable and professional and helped me create a first-rate executive communications organization. I recommend her in a heartbeat. She’s enthusiastic, brilliant, funny and honest.
Barbara Ford, Family Therapist
You will spend whatever time it takes to make a project as perfect as you can without cutting corners. You study a situation until you understand what the client really wants, and then you figure out the best way to make that possible. I always end up with the best damn product I could afford – and that takes my organization up many professional notches.
Linda Watson, Principal, Watson Interior Design
I have gotten jobs from the website and printed materials Nancy wrote for me. Because of her copy, clients know what to expect from me and how we will work together. I hire Nancy whenever I’m faced with a new marketing challenge. Her ideas are fresh. Her approach is unexpected and effective. She simplifies concepts so easily that you want to say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” But, of course, her ability to do that is one of the reasons you hired her.
Don Eastburn, Principal, Don Eastburn & Associates
You are a killer writer, very creative with a talent to communicate. You’re able to put highly technical information into laymen’s language. Your copy is engaging and to the point. You always work within my budgets and you make me look good.
Karen Valliant, Marketing Communications Professional
I’ve never found another person who has your ability to distill an idea to its simplest form and then describe it as elegantly as you do. Your writing is easy to understand and always beautiful. I also enjoy the collaborative process with you, and I think you are a great creative partner. I would hire you again in a heartbeat.
Donna Miller, President, Executive Resource Center
I trust you. I know I can absolutely count on you. You always deliver a high quality job, and I get more than I paid for. I ask for A and you give me A, B and C. You’re willing to work long hours and do whatever it takes to get the job done. You partner with me so I can meet my deadline. You’re a good writer, highly capable, highly talented. You have excellent project management skills, so you can run the project. You don’t need a lot of direction. You’re off and running with basic information.
Rebecca Christy, Co-founder, Healing Foundations
Nancy is incredibly patient and focused. I felt safe saying anything to her. She digs in her heels until she figures out everything she needs to know. She’s not afraid to talk to anyone, has a kind and gracious manner and makes everything sound positive. With Nancy’s help, our message is presented eloquently and clearly.
Gary Carpenter, Executive Director, National Reining Horse Association
I hired you and kept hiring and recommending you because you have a very flexible writing style that you tailor to create just the right voice for any piece. You are not only very talented but also very adaptable. I mostly used your writing services, which is only the tip of the Solomon iceberg.
Lisa Alzarez, Co-founder, Healing Foundations
You helped me clarify my business objectives and presented my work professionally. You’re smart, energetic, warm, enthusiastic, savvy, funny and easy to talk to.
Beth Cohen, Patient Advocate
Nancy listened to me and asked the right questions. She created exactly what I was looking for. The quality of her work made me look smart and very professional. Nancy’s a great writer, extremely creative, intelligent and outspoken. She’s dedicated to meeting her client’s needs and becomes a partner in the process.