Emily Brewton Schilling
I began my career as an art reviewer for a Philadelphia weekly newspaper, The South Street Star. From the Star I was hired as public relations and program director at The Philadelphia Art Alliance; while I worked there, the Art Alliance's exhibitions were featured four times in The New York Times. I then moved to Armstrong World Industries, where I worked in employee communications, organization development and quality management. At Armstrong, I learned how to create and implement employee communications audits, using the information to inform strategies that celebrate and shape the corporation's culture and employees' knowledge, empowerment, job satisfaction, and productivity. By volunteering for special projects, I was able to develop skills like creating, honing and communicating the company's vision, mission and goals; crafting consistent, ongoing leadership communications; speech writing and coaching; training; and conducting departmental assessments based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria.
I helped write and produce three applications for the Baldrige Award, each of which earned site visits by the examiners--and Armstrong's ceilings division won the award in 1995. After producing the materials and writing speeches for Armstrong's Baldrige Award-winner conferences, I was hired at Macy's West, a division of Federated Department Stores. While managing employee communications for 100 stores, I revamped the publication, empowered the staff to design it, and served on the company's intranet development team. From Macy’s West, I was recruited by Compaq Computer Corp., where I served on the integration teams for Compaq's acquisitions of Tandem and Digital Equipment Corp.
When I launched my communications consulting business, corporate clients included Ancestry.com, Compaq, Cspace.com, Forbes ASAP, Quokka Sports and NBCOlympics.com. Over the past five years, I've refocused my consulting business to specialize in communications and online presences for artists and cultural nonprofit organizations, adding website design, social media and grant writing to my skills.
In 2008 I also began working to locate and preserve my father’s artwork (he died young, in 1967), forming the James E. Brewton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. My work has been fruitful, and in 2014 I co-curated a solo exhibition of my father's work at Slought, Philadelphia. Thanks to work on a catalogue raisonné project for a nonprofit client, I am also proficient in using panOpticon database software.
I've also been exhibiting my artwork since 1990 and serve on the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium.
Moore College of Art (1988)
Franklin and Marshall College (1992)
University of Pennsylvania (2014)
Baruch College, State University of New York (panelist, 2019)
Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC)
Steering Committee, 2016-present
United Way of Lancaster County
Communications Advisory Board, 1992-1996
Lancaster AIDS Project
Volunteer/graphic design services, 1993-1996
The Authors Guild, Inc.
Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association
"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