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About Me

My name is Colleen Paulson and I have been a freelance business writer for more than a decade. My broad mix of experience (including leadership roles with 2 Fortune 100 companies) gives me a unique perspective on both financial markets and the career development process. My work appears in newspapers, magazines, and online resources including Investopedia, Businessweek.com, The Motley Fool, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Multichannel Merchant magazine, Bloomberg Business, and Woman Engineer magazine.

I started my career with Procter & Gamble as an Engineer/Production Manager, learning not only about consumer products, but also gaining key insights into leadership and career development. In my early 20s, I helped P&G move its manufacturing operations from Greenville, NC to Belleville, Ontario. I lived in Canada for 3 years and managed multi-million dollar projects and operations, managing a team of 30 in my Production Manager role. After earning my MBA, I worked in strategic marketing for FedEx, setting prices and forecasting profits for Fortune 500 customers and establishing price points for a new transportation product offering.

After almost 10 years in Corporate America, I pivoted and launched my own writing/consulting business. I served as a Contributor/Analyst for The Motley Fool for 4 years and have been cited as an industry expert by major news organizations including CBS News. I have also directly served hundreds of clients as a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), with a focus on delivering resumes which quantify my clients' key accomplishments.

I stay on-trend for career development best practices through my additional consulting work. I served as an External Reader / Interviewer for Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business for 7 application seasons, evaluating 1000+ applicants on 6 continents. I also previously served as Board Connection Director for CEO Connection, connecting Mid-Market CEOs with board seats and participating in our "How to Get on a Board" Workshop. I am currently serving as Communications Chair for the Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA)

My proudest professional accomplishment is my involvement in saving our local pool. As President of the Brook Park Swim Club Board, I worked with our community to turn a projected $70K deficit into a surplus within 12 months, protecting this community asset for our children.

Please feel free to email me at colleen@colleenpaulsonmba.com - I would be happy to help you!

Education

I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering/Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and earned my Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and strategy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

Three Ways a Gap Can Boost Your Career

There’s been a lot of talk, rightly so, about how the pandemic is hurting women’s careers. The data is clear – women are dropping out of the workforce voluntarily and involuntary in record numbers. As a mom of 4 school age children, I am living this myself. It is nearly impossible to work while doing Zoom school with a first grader or helping your high-schooler with Geometry, so I have cut back on work in order to support my family through these challenging times. Here's how to rebound

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/3-ways-a-gap-can-boost-your-career/

Paid Less in Pittsburgh

Should Pittsburghers be paid less for the same work?

https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2007/09/30/Sunday-Forum-Paid-less-in-Pittsburgh/stories/200709300239

Tips for Finding Work in Hard Times

Here are some actionable tips for finding work in even the most difficult times

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-12-02/tips-for-finding-employment-in-hard-times

Motley Fool Contributor

Here is a link to the 175 stories that I wrote for The Motley Fool

https://www.fool.com/author/1627/

Experience

Production Manager/Technical Engineer

I directed all aspects of production for 2 manufacturing lines making over 1.5 million cases of consumer products per year, leading a team of 30. Accomplishments include: * Improved overall profit margin by 10% through increasing production speed while cutting maintenance and personnel costs * Generated cost savings of $1 million through improving existing processes and consolidating product manufacturing to one North American site.

Company: Procter & Gamble

I worked there from 6/1996 until 6/2001

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