A. Kelly Smith, Pittsburgh, PA — current — Marketing & Social Media Strategist

  • Helping new and established business owners make better marketing decisions

  • Creating marketing strategy plans that show my clients exactly what marketing steps they need to take to get their message in front of the right people

  • Helping my clients create social media plans so they can strategize and plan their social media months in advance and not get bogged down with it day to day

Tin Drum, Pittsburgh, PA (company based in London, UK) — 2018 - 2019 — Director of Brand

  • Helped to create the Tin Drum brand from scratch and maintain consistency within and outside of the company

  • Developed an integrated marketing communications plan

  • Created a social media strategy

  • Acted as public relations liaison for U.S. media outlets

  • Planned social media marketing campaign for Marina Abramovic exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries (February 2019)

Kelly Eckert*, Pittsburgh, PA — 2010 – 2018 — Personal and Professional Mentor/Coach and Author

Truly Accomplished, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2013 – 2016 — Coach/Facilitator

  • Coached private and corporate client using propriety Truly Accomplished software (Trueprint™ and Success Meter™) to achieve personal and professional goals

Navta Associates, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2005 - 2006 — Copyeditor

  • Proofed and edited pre-press mass-media books and textbooks

  • Created PowerPoint presentations and PDF marketing materials

Kelly Eckert, Houston, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA -- 1999 - 2005 — Marketing Consultant

  • Performed brand audits and created marketing plans for clients such as Rice University Graduate School of Business, Identigene, IEC/Edgar Filing, Advanced Distribution Technologies, and solo entrepreneurs

  • Created logos for solo entrepreneurs

  • Performed copywriting and copyediting for solo entrepreneurs


Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD -- 2019 — Master of Arts, Focus Area: Corporate and Nonprofit Communication

Rice University Jones Graduate of Business, Houston, TX -- 1999

  • Jones School Merit Scholarship

Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Science, Medford, MA -- 1994 — Master of Science, Focus Area: Biology

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA -- 1992 — Teacher Certification, Focus Area: High School Biology

Harvard University — Harvard/Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA -- 1992 — Bachelor of Arts, Focus Area: Biological Anthropology 

  • Graduated cum laude

  • Harvard College Scholarship

  • Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit


The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2004 – 2018 — Parent Volunteer, Spring Fling Chair, President of the Parents Association, Gala Co-Chair

  • Secured sponsors and donors for the annual spring festival (2014) and fundraiser gala (2010)

  • Recruited volunteers for room parents and other leadership roles

  • Contributed to marketing efforts of Parents Association

  • Volunteered for basic and other leadership roles in the Parents Association

Harvard University/Harvard College, Cambridge, MA -- 2003 - present — Alumna Interviewer

  • Interviewing Western Pennsylvania high school seniors applying to Harvard College

  • Writing recommendations for use by Harvard admissions office

  • Acting as liaison between applicant and Harvard admissions office


  • Working written and speaking knowledge of French and Spanish

  • Ability to teach myself a working knowledge of other languages before traveling to other countries (e.g., have done so with Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Japanese, Hungarian — currently learning German and have some knowledge of Russian)

  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Lightroom

  • Certified Hootsuite Professional

  • Working knowledge of Wordpress, Squarespace, MailChimp, ONTRAPORT, Constant Contact, blogging platforms, podcasting, and social media

  • Co-host of Geek Girl Soup podcast

  • Featured in First for Women Magazine (July 2015)

  • Author of three books and co-author of one book (see below)

  • Contributed articles to other online publications (examples below)

  • Experience giving presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses (examples below)



What's Your Spirit Animal: A Guide to Uncovering Your Gifts, Overcoming Challenges, and Claiming Your Personal Power, 2014 — (revised and updated edition, 2017)

Make Someone's Moment: Positivity Girl's Guide to Finding Joy in Making Others Happy, 2010

Getting What You Want: How to Go from Stuck to Success, 2010


MEDIUM. "Kate, Anthony, and My Dad — When Celebrity Suicide Hits Home."

THE MANIFEST-STATION. “Fear is Fatal: Thoughts on my Father’s Suicide.”

ELEPHANT JOURNAL.  “Can We be Spiritual and Still Say F***?”

eVISION MEDIA. "The Most Effective Trick I Know for Achieving Your Resolutions and Goals."

eVISION MEDIA. "How toWake Up Your Entrepreneurial Dragon."

WISE WOMEN LIFE. “Universe Knocking? Upside to a Concussion.”


ICF GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2014 LATAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Breakout session, November 2014. “Unleash the Animal Within: A Shamanic Application for Coaching Groups and High-Performing Teams”

ICF 2014 GLOBAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE, Cleveland, OH. Breakout session, June 2014. “Unleash the Animal Within: A Radical Perspective of Metaview, Awareness and Powerful Questions through the Power of Animal Archetypes”

JO-ANN FABRIC AND CRAFT STORES, Cleveland, OH. Workshop for Women’s Leadership Series, May 2014. “Get the Fear Out of Here: How Sabotaging Fears Stop You from Being the Leader You were Meant to Be”

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, Pittsburgh, PA. Speaker, December 2012, May 2014, May 2015, May 2016, May 2017

KEYS TO LIVING EXPO, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakout session, April 2014

PITTSBURGH PROFESSIONAL WOMEN, Pittsburgh, PA. Workshop, November 2013. Presentation, June 2012

INSPIRED WOMEN CONFERENCE, Wexford, PA. Breakout session, June 2013. Round table coaching sessions, June 2012

PITTSBURGH COACHES ASSOCIATION “COACHING WORKS,” Pittsburgh, PA. Coaching demonstration, November 2012

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakout session, April 2012. Keynote speaker, April 2011

GIRLS IN SCIENCE INITIATIVE, McKeesport, PA. Workshop, April 2011

PA CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN, Pittsburgh, PA. Coach/Mentor, October 2010

* I am divorced as of January 2019. Prior to this, my name was Kelly Eckert.