Emily Brewton Schilling
I began writing professionally in 1986 as art critic and assistant editor for a weekly Philadelphia newspaper, the South Street Star. Since then I've written for arts nonprofits, theater, advertising agencies, multinational corporations and dot-coms.
As public relations and program director for The Philadelphia Art Alliance I conceived and booked more than 40 programs a year. During my tenure, Art Alliance exhibitions were featured four times in The New York Times.
Moving on to work as public relations director for the Fulton Opera House, I also freelanced for Armstrong World Industries. After a year I joined the company full-time as an employee communications specialist. While at Armstrong, a manufacturing and sales company employing 30,000 people worldwide, I worked on brand and vision development and communication; regular employee communications, including the award-winning magazine, Armstrong Today; managing freelance writers, translators, and production of publications; speechwriting for the CEO and executives; training development and delivery; self-assessments and applications for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (the ceilings division won the award in 1995); and developing the company's intranet and Armstrong Television Network.
From Armstrong, I moved to San Francisco to manage employee communications for Macy's West, then a 100-store division of Federated Department Stores. Accomplishments included revamping the employee newsletter, WestBound, coaching employees in writing and design, and working on the team designing Macy's intranet. When a group of former Armstrong executives asked me to join their new quality-improvement team at Compag Computer Corporation, I left San Francisco for Houston.
At Compaq, I managed communications for quality and customer satisfaction, designing and delivering an intranet site, helping develop communications for employees brought in through the acquisitions of Tandem and Digital Equipment Corporation, and developing and communicating a system linking variable compensation with customer satisfaction.
Since 1998, when I started my own freelance business, I've continued to help businesses promote their brands, engage their employees, customers, shareholders and constituents, and design and develop websites and social media profiles. I'm proud of my clients and value their trust in me to serve as a one-stop shop, from planning to design to site-building and copywriting.
In addition to experience in nonprofit management and applications for tax-exempt status, grant writing, literary and artist estate management, I monitor the ever-changing nuances that affect strategic planning for various media channels and social media platforms.
I've guest-lectured at Moore College of Art, Franklin and Marshall College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Clients include Ancestry.com, Cspace.com, Forbes ASAP, Quokka Sports, NBCOlympics.com, Compaq Computer Corporation and The Modigliani Project. Among recent projects the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium's website and social media accounts. I'm founder-director of the James E. Brewton Foundation.
Freelance Communications, New York, N.Y. (1998-present)
Compaq Computer Corporation - Manager, Communications, Corporate Quality and Customer Satisfaction. Houston, Texas. (1997-1998)
Federated Department Stores - Manager, Employee Communications, Macy’s West Division. San Francisco, Calif. (1996-1997)
Armstrong World Industries - Manager, Employee Publications, Lancaster, Pa. (1990-1996) Manager, Baldrige Award Communications, Building Products Operations (1995-1996)
Fulton Opera House Foundation - Public Relations Director. Lancaster, Pa. (1989-1990)
The Philadelphia Art Alliance - Public Relations and Program Director. Philadelphia, Pa. (1987-1989)
The Authors Guild, Inc.
Catalogue Raisonne Scholars Association
Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC)
For my art portfolio, click here.
I've been exhibiting my work since 1990 in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and in juried/curated shows online.
A few words of praise
"That was a great speech!"
--President Bill Clinton, 1986
"Grace under pressure--and she cracked the nut at The New York Times!"
--Marilyn Goodman, Director,
The Philadelphia Art Alliance
"A diamond in the mine."
--Andy Goldblatt, Sales Manager, WMMR-FM
"Emily has done the seemingly impossible by elevating her performance even beyond the rarefied level she achieved. I cannot apply enough glowing superlatives.... Suffice it to say she has been superb."
--Joseph DiSanto, Employee Communications Manager, Armstrong World Industries
"Outstanding communication and organizational skills...."
--William W. Adams, President & CEO, Armstrong World Industries