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professional experience

Gong Gong Communications LLC

President & CEO | Marketing Consultant

Westerville, Ohio | April 2009 - December 2016

Gong Gong was a creative marketing firm that specializes in experiences, events, and engagement. I scaled back operations in mid-2016 to pursue new options.

  • Independent marketing consultant and grew the team to 5 full-time employees plus contractors. Increased revenue 1000% in first five years.
  • Created Outcome-Centric™ marketing process that started all projects at the end - the outcomes - and worked forward.
  • A part of the team which grew NAWBO Columbus Visionary Awards Gala’s attendance 142% in 2 years and turned it into a cash-positive event.
  • Helped to establish and grow the Women’s Small Business Accelerator’s annual Starting the Conversation event from 150 attendees in 2013 to 300 attendees and over $25,000 funds raised in 2015.
  • Taught more than 20 pro-bono workshops focusing on different aspects of marketing, social media, and branding, resulting in several new clients.
  • Dozens of speaking engagements, including events hosted by the SBA, KeyBank, Columbus Business First, Ashland University, and more.
  • Highlighted in The Daily Reporter: “From Columbus to Ghana and Back, Amanda Sage Discovers Her Entrepreneurial Bug”, July 2013.

World Piece Emporium

Owner | Principal Designer

New Albany, Ohio | January 2008 – January 2009

  • Business development and sales, including tradeshows.
  • Managed and negotiated vendor and client relationships.
  • Handled imports and customs for products imported from Ghana and India.

Global Mamas

Head of Odumase-Krobo Cooperative | Marketing | Intern

Accra, Ghana | September 2005 – October 2007

  • Opened office and volunteer house for non-profit Fair Trade cooperative in Odumase-Krobo at the age of 22.
  • Established a community presence in the region by working with government officials and Manya Krobo traditional leaders.
  • Recruited, trained, and managed more than 15 bead and jewelry makers.
  • Represented Global Mamas at wholesale trade shows in the US.

volunteer experience

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (FOL)

Board of Trustees | Head of Executive Business Management Committee

Columbus, Ohio | January 2013 – Present

  • Primarily responsible for the reopening of the FOL-run Library Store in June 2016. This two-year process included initial purchasing of more than $20,000 in inventory, recruitment and hiring of store manager, design of custom products, and budgeting and financial planning.
  • Store generated gross revenue of more than $77,647 in the first 5 ½ months, exceeding the annual goal by 16% with half a month remaining in the year.
  • Curation of mission-driven inventory, including design of exclusive products.
  • Helps coordinate and market annual Big Book Sale which achieved sales of over $18,000 in 2016 (80% over goal and 200% over last sale).
  • Oversees staff of 1 full-time employee, 3 part-time employees, and a committee of trustees, as well as liaising with Columbus Metropolitan Library staff.
  • Read Columbus Business First recognition...

National Association of Women Business Owners, Columbus Chapter (NAWBO Columbus)

Columbus, Ohio | January 2009 – December 2016

Vice President of Communications | Communication Committee

  • Website maintenance, including content, events, and membership, increasing sessions by 1144% and pageviews by 659% in three years.
  • Handled on-going marketing and promotions including e-mail marketing, social media, marketing collateral, print ads, and PR, during chapters enormous growth of membership (75 in 2013 to more than 220 in 2015).
  • Instrumental in planning the annual Visionary Awards Gala, including all marketing and creative, from 2013-2016. Grew exhibitor hall to more than 50 businesses in 2014.
  • Recognized as Member of the Year in 2014. Watch NAWBO Columbus interview... Read Columbus Business First recognition...
  • Spotlight Member by NAWBO National in May 2013 and recognized in am April 2013 Metropreneur article.
  • Commendations from Secretary of State John Husted and Congresswoman Joyce Beaty for service.

Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc.

Volunteer Marketing

Westerville, Ohio | October 2012 – Present

  • Designed and developed website and e-mail marketing program.
  • Designed brand and marketing collateral.
  • Trained volunteers and staff on social media, e-mail marketing, and website maintenance.

education

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio | 2002 – 2006

  • Obtained two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies with an emphasis on Western European studies, Intelligence and Security, and Development.
  • Wrote Op/Ed articles for The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper. A particular article was so valued by the Fisher College of Business that I received a gift from then-dean Joseph A. Alutto and the piece was used as a recruitment tool for the school. Read articles...
  • Work published in the Mosaic Magazine (Ohio State undergraduate art and literature magazine)
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