Amanda Cohen
5430 Corteen Place #44, Los Angeles, CA 91607
773-519-2227 — amanda@amandacohen.com

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Summary

Expert in use of PowerPoint, Word, and Adobe Creative Suite, with ability to teach and support other users. Experience includes presentation design, template design, graphic art, digital retouching, document editing and formatting, form design and merges, and live graphics operations. Experienced writer and trainer. Able to juggle multiple projects and produce high quality materials on schedule, exceeding customer and client expectations.

Technical Skills

PowerPoint Word/Excel InDesign
Photoshop Illustrator Acrobat Pro
Keynote Audio/Video Editing Publisher
Digital Retouching Event Production Public Speaking
(Proficient to expert in most recent as well as older versions of all applications listed, as well as Mac and PC versions)

Specific Skills

PowerPoint:

Animation, links, graphics, original templates, charts and graphs, infographics, visual design, audio/video linking and embedding, training, live show operation

Photoshop:

Image retouching, color correcting, actions/batching, original image design, digital and PowerPoint optimizing

Illustrator:

Graphic design, file conversion, logo management, optimizing vector images for PowerPoint

Acrobat Pro:

Forms, internal and external links, content editing, markup

Word:

Forms, mail merges, templates, style sheets

Excel:

DDatabase clean-up, merge files, pivot tables, custom charts, templates, forms

Live Event Experience (PowerPoint and Live Graphic Operations)

Worked onsite at events for large clients (1,200+ attendees), editing presentations and notes with executive presenters, coordinating with directors to operate PowerPoint graphics for meetings and breakout sessions, maintaining and operating multiple sets of laptops and remote control, working with backstage crew for companies including:

Technical Training, Writing and Consulting

Business Experience

Online Portfolio

http://www.amandacohen.com/portfolio

Work Experience

Aug. 2000 to present Freelance Presentation/Document Specialist, creating presentations, graphics, charts, spreadsheets, and documents of all kinds using Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark and PowerPoint, working independently and through agents including Aquent Inc., Artisan, Sun Consultants, and The Creative Group.

Sample Freelance Work

50,000 Feet

PowerPoint Specialist

American Hydrotech

PowerPoint Specialist

Aon

MS Office Template Designer, PowerPoint Specialist/Trainer

Avenue Inc.

PowerPoint Specialist

AT&T

Sales Training

Bagby & Company

PowerPoint Specialist

Beam Global

PowerPoint Specialist

Brand Image (formerly LAGA)

Presentation Specialist

Brella Productions

Sr. PowerPoint Tech, Live Graphics Operations

Change, Inc.

Presentation Specialist

Chicago Humanities Festival

PowerPoint Animation

Chicago Tribune

PowerPoint Specialist

Context Magazine (Diamondcluster Int'l)

Production Associate

CPE Communications

PowerPoint Specialist

CVS Health

PowerPoint Specialist

DDB Chicago

Presentation Specialist

Dearborn National

Presentation Specialist

Deloitte & Touche

Document Specialist

Edelman Public Relations

Presentation/Quark specialist

Equity Office Properties

PowerPoint production artist

Forsythe

PowerPoint Specialist

Goble & Associates

PowerPoint production artist

Hamilton Associates

PowerPoint Specialist

Holt McDougal

Document specialist, Project coordinator

Huron Consulting Group

PowerPoint Specialist

IPP Lithograph

PowerPoint Specialist

Jenner & Block

Desktop publisher, ad designer

Joseph Jefferson Committee

Keynote Specialist
Kaufman Hall PowerPoint Specialist, Trainer

KPMG

Document Design, Printing

Kraft Foods

PowerPoint Specialist, Live Graphics Operations

Paterno Wines International  

Photoshop Specialist

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Photo Archivist, Keyword Specialist

Plan B Agency Alternative

Art Director, PowerPoint

Purohit Navigation (formerly DPM)

PowerPoint Specialist

Quaker Oats

Presentation Specialist

Rand McNally

Database queries, graphic design

Syinc

PowerPoint Specialist

Seko International

PowerPoint Specialist

The Marketing Store

Document Specialist

Trustwave

Document Specialist, Graphic Designer

United Airlines

Photoshop Archivist, Photoshop Production

Wirestone  

PowerPoint Specialist

VSA PArtners

PowerPoint Specialist

WNEP Theater

Graphic design

YMCA

Document Design, Editing

 

Feb. '98 to Aug. 2000

Frankel, Document Production Admin. Coordinator, Document Specialist, produced promotional and marketing materials for many corporate customers on tight deadlines.

1997 to present

Fine Point Productions, children's entertainment, face painting, event planning and production.

1995 to 1997

Stellar Business/Marketing Masters, Internet marketing assistant.

1989 to 1996

KDKA Radio, Pittsburgh, Pa., Producer for news and programming. Also news writer, copywriter and assistant to Programming Director. Duties included creating original art and documents for the promotions department, database management for Storm Center.

1990 to 1991

Gateway Publications/Woodland Area Progress, Staff Reporter.

Educational Background

B.A. in Creative/Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon, 1989

Special Skills and Projects

Document Specialist
Wide range of documents includes newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, slide presentations, pamphlets, direct mail letters, name tags, posters, handbooks, cookbooks, interactive tables of contents, phone directories, print advertising, mail merges, direct mail, charts and tables, online forms, templates and original graphics.

Freelance Writer
Wrote features, previews and news for many newspapers, including: In Pittsburgh, Woodland Area Progress (staff), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Shepherd Express, Philadelphia Daily News, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Scene, and Just For Laughs (comedy trade paper). Currently write sketches, lyrics and scripts for local theater productions.

Event Producer/Promoter
Organized three successful celebrity fan conventions. Event grosses ranged between $10,000 and $20,000 and raised money for several charities. Involved web design, graphic design, public relations, merchandise design and sales, video production, staffing, and regional and international media interviews. Produced Improv-a-Thon charity events in 1994 and 1995, coordinating entertainers and soliciting business sponsors and donors. Produced three conventions for fans of "Weird Al" Yankovic (1998, 2000, 2002) including merch coordination, memoriabilia auction for charity, celebrity appearances. Also produced competitive comedy show, The Improv Challenge, 2000-2003.