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Paula Dupont

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Darien, Illinois, United States
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Do you have a communications plan?
Does it actually tie to your business objectives?
Do you dread the thought of writing a business letter?
Do you come up dry when thinking about a marketing piece?
Do your press releases lack zip?
Do you know good blogging and what it can do for you?
Do your own articles bore you?
Do you wonder about every comma and semicolon?
Do you try to pawn off the writing on someone else?

Let me help!

I have a unique background blending lots of science coursework (and interests), with education and experience in business communication and instructional design. With a BS in Psych and a Masters in Communication Management, I spent my early years at a consulting firm where our motto was “If they don’t have the talent or time, they hire us.” I’ve had clients from Prodigy to Sears to Citibank to Kimberly Clark. And the services I provided ran the gamut: on-line training course development to packaging; advertising copy to technical writing. What the clients wanted they got – exceptionally written and done quickly. I enjoyed nearly ten years of fast-paced external consulting and in-house communication.

Since I left corporate America and hung out my own shingle, I’ve been a strong consulting and writing presence in my local community -- and well beyond. I’ve written grants, newsletters, press releases, blogs, video scripts -- even children's books. More importantly, I've helped clients assess and define their communication needs -- then executed on those plans.

I've evolved with the times to become web & social media savvy. I understand the concept of SEO (and how NOT to do it!), and am expert at making the most of the three seconds you have to grab your reader's interest. If you prefer, I'll tailor an in-house program that specifically addresses your needs.

I’m creative, fast, consistent, and adaptable. And of course I'm the consummate professional who relies on delivering outstanding work that garners repeat business. Typically a one-time project turns into an ongoing relationship where I'm the "go-to" for all communication needs.

Please give me a try and see how effective “your “writing can be!

For more information please email me at And check out my website

Paula Dupont

Masters Degree in Communication Management, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, 1988.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 1986.

Current Communications Experience
Freelance writer, 2000 – present
Consult on, design, and develop all matter of written communication materials including press releases, business-to-business communications, reports, sales & marketing materials, creative pieces, instructional aids, presentations, web-based articles, and blogs.

Relevant Volunteer Experience
Illinois Technology Foundation, VP for Communications, Jan 2013 - present
Work with not-for-profit to define a communication strategy that increases outreach and results in enhanced participation, greater visibility, and better resources.
District 180 School Board Member, 2003 – present (President since 2005).
Lead seven-member board and three-member administration team to make decisions which are both educationally and fiscally sound, and which benefit both our students and our taxpayers. Skills used include: leadership, organizational, communication, presentation, and negotiating.
VP Donor Development, Assistance League of Chicagoland West, 2009 – 2010.
Drive effort to fund programs for entirely volunteer organization which provides coats to children, kitchens to families, and reading services to pre-schoolers. Skills used include: business writing, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation.
Parent-Teacher Council President, 1997 – 2010.
Led group comprised of parents, teachers, and staff to develop common goals and implement programs to benefit our students. Skills used include: negotiating, writing, presentation, and organization.
Writing Resource, ongoing.
Provide gratis writing, editing, and communication services as needed to individuals and groups.

Previous Employment
Manager, Training & Development, Hewitt Associates, 1990 – 1995. Lincolnshire, IL.
Managed training consulting branch of Total Benefit Analysis Group. Responsible for overseeing staff, consulting with clients, needs assessment, developing proposals, and implementing training and ancillary communications. Training programs ranged from interpersonal and leadership development to technical sales topics and used a variety of media.
Communications Specialist, TRW, 1989 – 1990. Redondo Beach, CA.
Produced communication materials including newsletters, brochures, business proposals, and grants to support department.
Communications Consultant, Internal & External Communications (IEC), Inc., 1987 – 1989. Santa Monica. CA.
Consulted with clients nationwide to develop training and organizational strategy pieces, and related marketing materials. Managed entire process from initial meetings to needs assessment, to instructional blueprint, course development and implementation. Firm seen as pioneers in the use of computer technology to delivery training.
Business Writing Teaching Assistant, Miami of Ohio, 1986. Oxford, OH.
Taught business writing to senior-year business students to prepare them for writing in the corporate setting.

Honors & Recognition
State of Illinois Outstanding School Board President, 2010. State Board of Education selects one each year from a group of nominees.
Those Who Excel Award Recip
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