Master list of skills and jobs, take 2

22 09 2014

a living laundry list for resume iterations, linkedin and so on. time to get serious about job deliberation. 

UNC ICMA Student Chapter
Chapel Hill, NC
August 2013–present

  • Created idea and plan for student video competition to support ICMA’s Life, Well Run campaign
  • Learned iMovie software to produce video about Hillsborough, NC Riverwalk area

Corporate English Instructor
Seoul, Republic of Korea
November 2011–present

LG Electronics
Business English Instructor
Suwon City

  • Meetings—created material for leading English meetings. Drew on corporate work experience to teach students expressions, grammar and meetings practices.
  • Business Writing—assessed students’ business writing needs and focused on teaching email writing, making complaints, requests and scheduling meetings. Taught expressions and difference between American and British English.
  • Presentations—taught students how to deliver effective presentations in English, including creating interesting openings, organized content and effective closings
  • Case Studies/Debate—guided students through controversial conversation topics
  • Public Speaking—taught how to create impromptu and prepared speeches
  • Overall, taught basic, intermediate and upper-intermediate level students; created conversation activities, grammar lessons and games related to learning objectives to keep students engaged for 70- to 90-minute sessions

Business English Tutor
Seoul City

  • 1:1 Business English tutor for employees within Toyota
  • Created and taught weekly lessons for students based on their English and business needs

Dong Suh Shik Poom
Seoul City
Substitute English Instructor

  • Assumed responsibility for group business English class, after English instructor departed
  • Created three lesson plans weekly for 6-8 company executives
  • Focused on conversation activities, while integrating listening and reading comprehension

Language Clinic
Seoul City
Created and taught multiple English grammar, writing, and conversation lessons to 5th grader

Executive Director
Futures for Kids (F4K), Raleigh, North Carolina
APR 2003–NOV 2011

F4K is a state-wide nonprofit that links students’ career goals with communities’ workforce development needs    

  • Shepherded successful ED search and transition process, articulating job description and expectations, setting and meeting deadlines, and engaging board members over a 5-month period
  • Reached 125,000 students statewide by raising $1.3M in funding ($500K corporate + $800K legislative) for program
  • Raised $500K+ in corporate funding by cultivating relationships with business leaders state-wide
  • Assumed leadership of start-up organization, negotiating down $700,000 in debt and securing $500,000+ in corporate funding to sustain the program in its first year
  • Scaled program nationally by forging strategic relationship with industry-leading software vendor
  • Legitimized program for stakeholders by securing funding and endorsements from state agencies and the General Assembly
  • Engaged stakeholders by meeting quarterly with business and education advisory groups
  • Forged partnerships with chambers of commerce, county governments and civic organizations
  • Acquired endorsements from statewide business and education organizations
  • Drafted talking points and letters of support for government officials and business leaders
  • Improved program by conducting usability sessions with users, writing usability reports and prioritizing improvements with development team
  • Supervised seamless executive transition over 6-month period
  • NC State Board of Education endorsed in 2003*
  • NC Chamber of Commerce endorsed in 2004*
  • NC Technology Association names F4K its Technology Nonprofit Company of the Year in 2005*
  • Duke University Child & Family Policy Institute completes favorable study in 2006* 

Marketing & Communications Consultant
Family Health International, Durham, North Carolina
NOV 2002–MAR2003
FHI is a global nonprofit working to prevent HIV/AIDS and expand access to health services

  • Strengthened corporate brand with 70+ international field offices by developing internal newsletter
  • Produced FHI conference booth to be used at 20 annual international conferences
  • Initiated internal events, including a staff photo competition, to boost employee morale
  • Developed internal newsletter to foster communication between 70+ international field offices


Marketing Communications Strategist / Event Planner
IBM, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
APR 1999–JUN 2002

  • Acquired internal support and awareness from senior level executives by documenting client successes through 50 case studies, 100 client profiles and electronic newsletter
  • Supervised $300,000 marketing materials budget with communications agency
  • Increased traffic by 100% to site by writing customized content
  • Fostered collaboration between 8 software product groups (through conference calls and web content), which led to comprehensive trade show strategy and new business opportunities
  • Generated new business leads in key markets by managing $300,000 marketing materials budget and planning software receptions in multiple cities includingNew YorkandSan Francisco
  • Negotiated contracts with multiple vendors to secure best price and quality for goods
  • Acted as company representative showcasing IBM products at industry events
  • Conducted post-event analysis to determine content value and overall event success

On-Air Radio Host / News & Public Affairs Director
WTRG Oldies 100.7 FM, WRSN Sunny 93.9 FM, Raleigh, North Carolina
JAN 1998–APR 1999

  • Reached 1,000,000+ listeners daily by hosting radio broadcast and developing on-air content
  • Wrote and delivered hourly news reports under deadline
  • Co-hosted daily program and interacted with listeners from 6-county audience
  • Conceived of new talk show features that boosted market share by 25%
  • Strengthened product awareness through public speaking engagements
  • Increased market share by 25% by hosting live monthly promotional events with 200+ clients

Volunteer, Marketing / Communications + Volunteer Coordination
DOUGHMAN, Durham, North Carolina

Volunteer Teacher, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Durham Literacy Center, Durham, North Carolina
March 2010–December 2010
Durham Literacy Center is a community organization that empowers Durham residents who want to enrich their lives by improving their literacy skills.

  • Created weekly lesson plans for adult English language learners
  • Incorporated lessons, activities and games for adult students with different learning styles and at different English proficiency levels
  • Collaborated with co-teacher and Curriculum Director to gauge effectiveness of lessons

Sogang University
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Korean language, levels 1-2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Basics of Economic Development, continuing education, August 2012
Technology and Communication graduate certificate, December 2011. Courses: Writing for Digital Media, Web site usability, Web and database research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Broadcast Journalism, 1996

* recognitions

what would you do if you weren’t afraid?

27 05 2014

i read this in a TIME magazine last week, something from Sheryl Sandburg. it’s the flipside of, “Before I die, I want to…”
working and being out of school for the summer gives me headspace to consider. 

Potential places to get experience

3 04 2014

A running laundry list…

Workforce development / education

  • MDC
  • DTCC

Ashes to Ashes, but First a Nice Pine Box

13 02 2014

I read this lovely editorial about preparing for death. In the end, the building of the pine box was more important than the box.
This led me to this beautiful poem, “The Old Astronomer (to His Pupil)” by Sarah Williams. The writer liked these lines:

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

And I also like these

I have sown, like Tycho Brahé, that a greater man may reap;
But if none should do my reaping, ‘twill disturb me in my sleep
So be careful and be faithful, though, like me, you leave no name;
See, my boy, that nothing turn you to the mere pursuit of fame.

7 02 2014

i have a problem. i don’t appreciate what i have. who has loved me more than Darrell? i didn’t appreciate him when we were together, and so i broke up with him and broke his heart. wth is wrong with me? and do i really love him and want to be with him? all this time, i’ve longed for Steve, and now i’ve ended with Darrell, i think maybe there is no going back. i am scared of being with Steve and scared of being without Darrell. i am batsh!t and all i can think right now is Darrell is on the other side of the world hurting, and i made him feel that way.

instead of wanting to run to Steve, i don’t want to see him. i am thinking about how hurtful this breakup is to Darrell.

I broke up with Darrell

7 02 2014

for good. 

I feel lower than whale sh!t. How could I hurt Darrell? He is so loving and generous and perhaps the most open-hearted and honest person I know when it comes to his feelings. He said everything with no pretention.

“You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 
I wanted this to work out, which is why I treated it like there wasn’t going to be a second chance.
I’m here if you change your mind. I still want you.
I was hoping our communication patterns would change with time.
I was thinking when I came to visit you, we’d take the next step.”

I’m a b!tch who deserves to be alone.

I’m going to pray in 2014.

7 01 2014

Ever seeking to operationalize my life, I’ve picked up Getting Things Done again and will finish it this month. I know there’s no silver bullet. My goal this year is to pick a small number of things I want to focus on–completing a family tree, sticking to a plan to maintain my Korean, calling and staying in touch with people I love, being able to juggle all the STGDs without stress. So I’ve been thinking first, finish the book. Next, think about that short list of important things for 2014. Third, find time to operationalize those important areas. Maybe, Korean on Mondays and Wednesdays and meet Eddie on Fridays for conversation. I think I can operationalize prayer too. Steve and I talked about writing thank you notes and expressing gratitude yesterday, and how those exercises end up making the communicator feel more positive. Anyhoo, I want to pray before bed, take a few minutes to think about people I know who are sick or facing difficulties and put focused, mental power to them getting better. Let’s start tonight with Kimmie.