courtneyIf there’s one common thread running throughout my career, it’s my love for the written word. For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and writer and a born editor who spies grammatical errors in menus and street signs.

I hold a PhD in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and although I’ve left academia, writing a dissertation gave me valuable experience working independently, managing a large and lengthy project, assimilating vast amounts of information, analyzing difficult material, generating novel and startling ideas, and writing to persuade one of the most challenging audiences alive—tenured English professors.

After graduating, I worked for the Apollo Research Institute, where I learned to write such types of media as print and online articles, videos, presentations, corporate reports, and books, and to reach a wide range of audiences, including consumers, adult students, and businesspeople. I helped the Institute garner tens of millions of dollars in earned media coverage and went from uncredited contributor to co-author of the book Women Lead, taking the manuscript from a collection of facts to a cogent and inspiring testament to women’s power in the workplace.

Now, I’m writing a book on how careers have been transformed in the 21st century, which I’m doing in a freelance capacity. If you’ve got a writing or editing position open, I’d love to bring my skills and expertise to your company. Contact me at courtney.l.vien@gmail.com.