About Samantha

Content Producer + Creative Project Manager

Professionally, I'm a purpose-driven content creator. Whether I'm scripting, producing, or project managing, I strategically lead creative teams to ensure they are guided by company values and cultivate an environment for growth. 

I believe business can be and should be a force for good, so I strive to incorporate a sustainable mindset and a greater vision in all of my work.

Work Experience

June 2019 - Present

Writer, Producer + Voice-Over Artist | Freelance

As a freelance content creator, I have the pleasure working with various individuals and organizations to develop meaningful work.​

  • Writer: Author scripts, blogs, and creative content to engage audiences across digital, audio, and visual mediums. 

    • A favorite on-going project is scripting for a wellness app on topics such as gratitude, confidence, and healthy communications. ​

  • Producer: Oversee on-set crews as an assistant director and field producer

  • Voice-Over Artist: Record and edit voice-overs for audiobooks, explainer videos, and applications

October 2020 - Present

Video Producer + Project Manager | Encyclopædia Britannica

I'm currently project managing series of educational videos for high-school students to integrate STEAM curriculum. I coordinate communication and manage stakeholders across  global internal teams and vendors to align with project and academic goals from national education ministries.

graduation!

Summer 2020

Mayoral Fellow | City of Chicago

A brief exploration into local government, I worked alongside Chicago's Department of Public Health to develop a communication plan for an event launch and supported strategic visioning for food governance. I also led my peers to create a book of new policy ideas.

went back to school

July 2017 - June 2019

Producer + Project Manager | Guy Bauer

I managed and oversaw production on commercial/corporate video projects from ideation to completion. I guided creative teams in developing mini-documentaries, live-action/scripted spots, animated videos, and photography projects.

July 2015 - July 2017

News Writer + Producer | WGN-TV

As a producer, I identified content that would resonate with audiences for the WGN Morning News. When writing, I would script stories for anchors/reporters, prep online content, edit videos, and prepare graphics.

June 2015 - March 2017

Social Media Manager | Chicago Wilderness

Engaging members and non-members across communication tools, I managed the environmental alliance's social media presence, events calendar, and newsletter.

 Skills

 Creative Problem-Solving    Project Management    Video Production  

 Editorial Content Writing    Scripting    Voice Over    Audio/Video Editing 

 Communication Strategy    Content Management    Strengths-Based Leadership  

Certifications +

Education

My strengths:

- responsibility

- communication

- deliberate

- arranging

- strategic mindset

Northwestern University

MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises

Core business knowledge, strategic thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset to lead successful organizations, people, and projects. Business curriculum focused on the creative sector: media, entertainment, and arts industries.

Loyola University Chicago

BA in Journalism

Minors: Business Administration; Environmental Action & Leadership

Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

A little more

personal

I aspire to lead an eco-conscious, sustainable and mindful life and hope to inspire a similar mindset in others. I'm constantly absorbing podcasts about well-being, mindfulness, and culture and sharing what I've learned. Some of my favorites include The Happiness Lab, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Deliciously Ella, and A Bit of Optimism with Simon Sinek.

I'm a theatre kid at heart, and you can usually find me listening to a musical soundtrack, dancing around the living room, practicing yoga, watching shows about drag queens, or singing my heart out when I play the piano.

Also, I enjoy cooking & baking...I'm always trying new recipes

(and searching for the best chocolate chip cookie.)

© 2021 by Samantha Sartori