Member Spotlight: Emily Chiodo

Member Spotlight:  Emily Chiodo

Emily Chiodo is Communications & PR Manager for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC).  Emily manages public relations for CEC’s corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh and 18 additional offices throughout the U.S.  She is the in-house writer for marketing materials and communications pieces, and she also coordinates the firm’s social media effort.  In addition, Emily serves as writer and editor for ‘Elements’, CEC’s news magazine.

Previously, Emily was grassroots marketing and social media manager at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and, prior to that, was creative writer at Burt Hill (now Stantec).  Emily has 15 years of marketing and communications experience, and has been active with SMPS since joining CEC in early 2012.  

In my personal time, I enjoy staying on top of the latest happenings in the city, such as restaurant openings, festivals, exhibits and Cultural District performances.  I enjoy making the most of the growth and development taking place downtown…and I always run into someone I know!

People would be surprised to know that I used to work for Carnegie Science Center as a travelling presenter.  I would go to schools all over PA, OH and WV to enthusiastically present fun and exciting science programs to auditoriums full of students. I could shatter a balloon frozen in liquid nitrogen into a thousand pieces!  I’m definitely not shy in a crowd, which has helped me in a number of ways as a marketing professional.

I enjoy being a member of SMPS because it affords me an opportunity to talk to folks who do what I do and who understand the challenges of marketing our business.  It’s great to gain new perspectives on topics I deal with every day – and it’s nice to know you’re not alone out there!  In particular, I find the Morning Shows to be convenient and informative.

Advice for New Marketers:

Spend a substantial amount of time really learning your company’s business.  As a writer, and as a curious person in general, I need to fully understand a topic or subject to write about it with intelligence.  A deeper understanding also allows me to communicate on the subject matter in a friendlier, more accessible way.  Being able to communicate information in multiple ways for multiple audiences is critical to working in a marketing department.

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