Kris Schindler’s Quest for a New Opportunity

Work fuels me.

But I’ve been running on fumes so it’s time for me to find a new gas pump.

I moved from Los Angeles to Wichita, Kansas five years ago and have helped Start-Thinking manage exponential growth by re-positioning the digital PR shop as a full-service agency that can meet any communication challenge presented to us. We have a strong team and do good work but the client base in Wichita doesn’t allow us to realize our potential.

This gal is motivated by challenge, change, growth– features that aren’t indigenous to Wichita but are intrinsic to who I am.

To get to know me better professionally, of course view my LinkedIn profile, follow me on Twitter and read this article that was written by Karen Long in November 2008. But more importantly, engage me. Ask me to respond to something– anything; ask me how and why my approach to leading a team centers on my experience in theatre; ask me why I think the ad agency/PR firm business model is dead; ask me why a woman with so much self-confidence struggles with self-promotion; ask me to let you tap into my brain. I’m educated and have admirable experience but my best feature is my brain and how it works.

So here’s what I’m looking for: A position on a team that appreciates efficiency, effectiveness and creativity. I don’t have to be the top dog but I’m a resourceful strategist and connector who excels in leadership positions. My resume talks to work history. Read it here.

I’m very open to relocating, with Denver, the Pacific Northwest and Southern California as my top geographical locales of choice. I’ve got plenty of experience managing multiple clients but I’m also well suited to leading a communication team (or maybe being the team) in the arts, education, travel and tourism or entertainment (film, television or home entertainment) industries.

The skills I am most interested in sharing with my next team are strategic communication planning, measurement protocol and my knowledge of digital PR.

And my next team may include all or part of my current team. If you are interested in some sort of buyout or merger, I think others I work with would be open to such a scenario.

Highlights of a recent week might provide you with further insight:

CONNECTING: I had THREE phone conversations (remember those?) with people I met on Twitter. I love connecting with people on Twitter, especially when it leads to new business opportunities or allows me to use my connections to help a PR colleague from out of town land a feature story on a cool community art project she’s trying to promote.

MENTORING: Some PRSA Kansas colleagues and I met with students at Wichita State University to encourage them to reactivate their PRSSA chapter. I enjoy speaking to college groups (in fact will speak to a social media class later this semester). Students and young professionals honor me by asking for advice and begging me to allow them to volunteer on client events. Interaction with them provides a unique, two-way learning experience that I hope benefits them as much as it benefits me.

I also met and have been interacting with soon-to-be PR pro (If yresumou ask me, she’s already a pro.) Mikinzie Stuart through Twitter and on her blog, http://theprepguide.wordpress.com. I think it’s important for PR pros to be in tune with our future colleagues. Related, our intern Molly and I have been working on her learning objectives for the semester and we’re going to turn them in to her advisor next week. The process has provided me with a lot of insight and prompted me to work with others on our team to develop their own set of learning objectives.

REMEMBERING: I went to a memorial service for PR colleague Bill Morris this week. I suppose you could say I didn’t know him well but I always felt a strong connection to him and wanted to honor him by being there. I knew his daughter when she was in high school and I was a youth group leader. I have always been impressed with what an insightful young woman she is. I attribute her beauty, strength and artistry to Bill’s influence. At the service I realized Bill had influenced a lot of people, including me.

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