About Me

Years of Professional Experience

Clients

Pro-Bono Hours Donated Annually Since 2015

Cups of Coffee

Education

 

Georgetown University, Master of Arts: Communication, Culture, and Technology, Graduation Expected: 2023. Current GPA: 4.0.

Colorado State University – Global Campus, Bachelor of Science: Communications. Double Minor: Small Business Entrepreneurship & Public Administration. Graduated: 2017. Major/Minor GPA: 4.0.

Recent Projects

Public Policy Graduate Research Intern – Virginia Tech, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

July 2022 – Present

Under the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and Dr. Eric Burger, researching the policy implications and opportunities of commercial spectrum sharing on the 12 GHz frequency band as part of the SWIFT ASCENT team. Responsibilities include writing manuscripts, performing literature reviews, data mapping, and other related tasks. 

Graduate Research Assistant – Georgetown University, Communications Security Lab

September 2021 – Present

Responsibilities include performing literature reviews, organizing and conducting interviews, data analysis, presenting findings to stakeholders, report writing, copy-editing, and other related tasks.

Editor, GNOVIS 

August 2021 – Present

Editorial oversight for the student-led, peer-reviewed academic journal of the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

President-Elect – American Marketing Association, New Jersey Chapter

July 2023 – July 2023: Chapter President

July 2022-July 2023: President-Elect

August 2020 – July 2022: VP, Communications

In this role, I am preparing to take on the role of chapter President in July of 2023. I work with our current chapter President to lead the AMA New Jersey chapter board of directors in providing events, networking, and professional development opportunities to communications professionals in the state of New Jersey. 

Founder & Author, The First Dollar Feeling Project

November 2020 – Present (As “Erika Heeren”)

The First Dollar Feeling Project is a product of my experience and connections in the business world. It is based on my first book, First Dollar Feeling: Stories from the Trenches of Small Business. The First Dollar Feeling Project is a growing collection of resources, educational opportunities, and real-life insights from business owners for current and prospective entrepreneurs to help them succeed in a changing economy. 

Skills

Research Competencies

  • Critical Thinking 99% 99%
  • Data Collection & Organization 99% 99%
  • Quantitative Methods: Statistical Analysis 80% 80%
  • Quantitative Methods: Content Analysis 75% 75%
  • Legal Research 75% 75%
  • Historical Research 90% 90%
  • Qualitative Methods: Interviewing 80% 80%
  • Qualitative Methods: Survey Analysis 80% 80%
  • Qualitative Methods: Ethnography 50% 50%

Programming Languages & Technical Skills

  • Python 60% 60%
  • Java 45% 45%
  • SQL 55% 55%
  • PHP 45% 45%
  • HTML 65% 65%
  • CSS 45% 45%
  • Unity 45% 45%
  • Adobe InDesign 85% 85%
  • Adobe Illustrator 75% 75%
  • ArcGIS 35% 35%
  • SPSS 50% 50%

Professional Skills (Marketing & Communications)

  • Grant Writing 99% 99%
  • Copy Writing 99% 99%
  • Public Speaking 90% 90%
  • Information Architecture 99% 99%
  • Search Engine Optimization 80% 80%
  • Website Design 85% 85%
  • Social Media Strategy 90% 90%
  • Public Relations 90% 90%
  • Change Management 90% 90%
  • Project Management 95% 95%
  • Crisis Communications 95% 95%
  • Marketing Analytics 95% 95%
  • Graphic Design 80% 80%

My Awards

2021 GNOVIS Fellowship Award - Georgetown University
2021 Georgetown Merit Scholarship Award
2019 Women in Content Marketing Awards - Mentorship

Learn more about the award, and the winners here: http://bit.ly/WICMA2019

2019 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year

Annual award recognizes 50 outstanding women in Idaho for excellence in leadership, professional accomplishments, mentorship and community service.

2017 Idaho Press Awards: Best of 2016 - News Release Division

Top honors in the Public Relations: News Release Division for a selection of three press releases.

2013 Employee of the Year

Presented during my time as Studio Manager for Buzzbizz Creative.

2011 Suburban Newspapers of America Design Award - First Place, Best Special Section

For the design of the 4th of July 2-sided flag.

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