Sometimes you don’t need a cheerleader; you need a realist with a non-biased outsider’s perspective. I offer a variety of services to help you in life or business, and am currently accepting new clients. I am located in Northern Virginia, but can also work with you virtually.
I graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a degree in computer science, and have worked in technical roles for a number of years. I also taught Java for Sun Microsystems, so I know how to guide and empower people to learn technical skills. Later in my career, I was a consultant for IBM working to customize Watson (the super computer that famously beat human Jeopardy! champions) for a client.
I have been employed by small and large companies, and am familiar with a range of environments. I’ve even experienced three acquisitions.
Many of my interests lie in the artistic realm, leading me to volunteer with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Michael Weiss Foundation, among others. In addition, I am actively involved in two community governance associations. Through these organizations and my professional experience, I have learned a variety of lessons in perspective, consensus, compromise, and communication.
Engage me and my unique analytic and artistic skill set to solve your pressing needs.
Let me create a gorgeous WordPress blog for you. I can also train you on how to use it as you start your journey into the world of blogging!
Do you ever have an idea, but aren’t sure how to put it on paper? I can help with that! This can be written or graphical, and tailored to the desired audience.
I was drawn to design since childhood when I started my first business as a notecard, letterhead, and business card designer. I love producing clean, elegant products and have an eye for putting pieces together. I can create a brochure to market your company, or I can produce a digital photo book of your treasured memories.
I am available to edit short or long documents, from resumes to manuscripts. I am detail-oriented and can help you find your polish.
I have designed and facilitated half-day and full-day meetings with clients while at IBM, which included a blend of presentations, discussions, and group activities. I also served as a facilitator for a Sharing Session at the Annual Convention for the National Down Syndrome Congress. For several years, I have chaired Covenants Hearings where we work to solve community issues and mediate between opposing parties.
Is your home or office filled with distracting clutter? I can help you design a clean, functional space that works for you like I did with the playroom pictured below. The playroom went from a disaster zone to a fun and educational environment for kids!
Sometimes you need an outside eye to define the problem. I can communicate with your team to determine areas for improvement, and deliver findings in the format of your choice.
I write here on halfempty4now.com, but I can also write for you. This includes print or online publications, copywriting, information guides, memoirs, and more.
Ms. HalfEmpty has an uncanny ability to make any task a work of art. A rewarding outcome of working with her is the “surprise effect” of the finished product. She is clever with words and has an eye for picking what would make an impact.
Ms. HalfEmpty can manage complex and simple jobs with the same ease and excellence. She has amazed me in her take charge attitude, transparency, and efficiency. If you are looking for competence and meaningful results, seek Ms. HalfEmpty’s professional expertise. She has never let me down; her work and products were always superb.
-Kathleen in Vienna, VA
I needed someone to teach me how to maintain my WordPress site. Ms. HalfEmpty was very patient and willing to go the extra step to explain WordPress and the entire process in detail, especially to one who knows very little. You won’t find an easier person to work with.
-Kwelli in Washington, DC
We couldn’t be more excited about with the stunning family photo album Ms. HalfEmpty created for us. It was a masterpiece, put together with very little input, in a short amount of time, over the holiday season. My mother cried tears of joy as she first viewed the touching presentation of 70 years of family photos laid out in one album. It was perfectly put together. We can’t wait to work with Ms. HalfEmpty again on the next project – our wedding album!
-Karen in Vienna, VA
Please let me know how I can help with your project.