Melanie Stewart

Music Curator

Location 15h@2xGreater Chicago Area

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Summary

Being in the service industry is for the courageous and brave at heart.

To be an effective server or leader you have to play many roles including:
coordinator, strategist, creative, liaison, negotiator, mediator, and sometimes counselor to secure the deliverables. How does one approach such tasks, maintain balance, and keep a positiv... Read more

Being in the service industry is for the courageous and brave at heart.

To be an effective server or leader you have to play many roles including:
coordinator, strategist, creative, liaison, negotiator, mediator, and sometimes counselor to secure the deliverables. How does one approach such tasks, maintain balance, and keep a positive attitude while being on target with various projects?

Combining aspects of my professional and creative self to manage a variety of creative projects for clients provide unique adventures that are quite delightful to solve.

Some current and clients include:
Chicago Public Schools
University of Chicago
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Creative Loafing Charlotte

My Dream Job is My dream job would allow me to meld all things creative into creating transformative dining experiences that stimulate all senses.

Work Experience
  • Music Curator

    Currency Exchange CafeChicago, IL, US
    Oct. 2015 to Sep. 2016 (11 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Created custom playlists for the cafe

  • Visual Consultant

    University Of ChicagoChicago, IL, US
    Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2016 (3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Assisted University of Chicago in implementing Kissa Kahani, an
    international digital storytelling project in Lucknow, India
    - Served as a Videographer and Photographer
    - Liaison between documentary and facilitation teams

  • Digital Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

    Freelance
    May. 2015 to Mar. 2016 (10 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Professionally known by the name Selah Says

    - Develop curriculum and teaching aids such as handbooks, models, visual aids, computer tutorials, and reference materials to support curriculum design
    - Prepares materials for training sessions and presents training programs in a clear and concise manner.
    - Provides methodology training to staff in an effort to promote effective and efficient workshops
    - Prepares reports for clients
    - Continually monitors and assesses participant progress throughout the learning process and makes adjustments as needed to ensure knowledge transfer and applied understanding

  • Freelance Photographer

    Creative Loafing Charlotte
    Mar. 2013 to Dec. 2014 (1 year and 9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Freelance Photographer
    -Shoots various events for the publication.
    -Coordinates shoots with all parties involved to secure deliverables on time
    -Works directly with the Charlotte Publication’s Creative Director, Melissa Olyer

  • Creative Project Manager

    Lowe's Home Improvement
    Aug. 2011 to Aug. 2014 (3 years)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Pitched project ideas and secured accounts
    • Conceptualized and supervised three special projects for Lowe’s Distribution Center
    • Managed projects at all stages of development
    • Oversaw daily client relationship management
    • Coordinated with outside vendors to secure needs for project at minimal to no cost
    • Personally designed, coordinated teams, and created deliverables including two large scale murals and countless DJ Mixes over a span of three years

    Deliverables:
    • 2014 - Designed & painted a 10’ x 22’ mural for Lowe’s Distrubution Center
    • 2011- Designed & painted a 23’ x 24’ mural for Lowe’s Heroes at Statesville Middle School;
    • Curated Music & Playlist for special in-house events at the Lowe’s Distribution center in Statesville, NC

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
    Sep. 2011 to Sep. 2012 (1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Professionally known by the name Selah Says

    -Created and Designed Promotional Materials for various exhibitions and events under the tulege of Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Shantrelle P. Lewis

  • Brand Ambassador

    Levi's Strauss Jeans Company
    Aug. 2010 to Feb. 2011 (6 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - 1 of 12 Women chosen from the US to represent Levi’s by designing pages for a book for the TED Women’s Conference
    - Worked with Edelman Digital to further conceptualize the project.
    - Traveling Journals Project - International Project; Approached by the brand to create content for a book to be presented at TED’s Women Conference
    - Shape What’s to Come - Chosen by the brand to represent the company while launching their new platform

Education
Skills

Off-site Event Management

On-site Special Events

Food Budgeting

Staff education / motivation

Menu development

Staff Education / Motivation

Time Management

Ability To Lift 40+ Lbs

Basic Floor Service

Classic Wine Service Knowledge

Spirits/Cocktails Knowledge

Craft Cocktail knowledge

Staff Education

Glassware Knowledge

Inventory

Classic Food / Wine Service

OpenTable or other

Customer service

POS Systems

Event Management / Organization

Food Safety Knowledge

Conflict Resolution

Customer Service

Social Media

Food Safety Knowledge

Web Maintenance

Microsoft Office

Interests
Event Planning, Customer Service, Branding, Project Management, Visual Arts, Music, Live Music
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