9 random (and inspiring!) facts about our team

istock_000006887085xsmall_dragonfly-blue-sky1Our proposal editors handle resumes just about every day. We thought we had this resumes-for-proposals thing down to a science—until we had 7 days to respond to a Request for Quotation of our own. Instead of editing a proposal, we were suddenly writing it.
In the process of crafting resumes for 10 Dragonfly proposal editors, I discovered some interesting facts about my colleagues that surprised and impressed me.
What didn’t surprise me is that we have a core team of strong, experienced editors. In fact, of the 10 resumes submitted, eight editors have been with Dragonfly for 5 or more years, and one has been with Dragonfly for 4 years. Time flies when you’re editing proposals!
More surprising were the unexpected skills and experiences I discovered. For example:
1. Samantha and I met when she managed the editorial function for the corporate communications division of CSC, staffing and mentoring all of us editorial temps in the “Editorium,” sometimes nearly around the clock. But I didn’t know that for two years she had performed similar coordination efforts in a quite different environment—a 24-hour hotline for survivors of sexual assault.
2. I knew that Jeni manages our European Urology medical editing team and works on writing and editing projects for the Defense Centers of Excellence related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. Now I understand why she is comfortable editing medical content. In addition to a background in journalism and editing, she graduated from a Mini-Med School Program at the University of Virginia, has a graduate certificate in Gerontology, and is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.
3. Erika, who is our primary point of contact with Booz Allen’s Marketing and Fact Sheet production group, first honed her writing and editing skills as a reporter on Capitol Hill. After covering Congress and federal agencies through three presidential elections, it’s no wonder she has a knack for distilling verbose text on federal IT issues down to the nitty-gritty.
4. Michelle’s technical editing and writing experience for such heavy-hitters as Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Adobe, and Apple comes as no surprise. But it never came up that she once taught undergraduate courses in classical mythology and Biblical literature.
5. Margaret, one of our strong day-to-day proposal editors, often returns her files with a note about the feast she is going to prepare that evening. But I didn’t realize until I worked on her resume that she was recently the managing editor and contributing writer for a startup food industry quarterly.
6. Diana, another strong proposal editor and project manager, has provided editorial services for tech giants such as Boeing and SAIC. The big surprise to me is that she once taught Spanish immersion courses to government employees.
7. Susan, one of our go-to evening/weekend editors, is the primary assistant to the editor of the Foreign Service Journal, based in Washington, D.C. Freelance editing experience is the norm in our Dragonfly group. But Susan spent eight years freelancing in a less typical location—New Delhi, India!
8. Lisa, another strong proposal editor, has project managed teams for Microsoft, Apple, and IBM and worked with Cisco, Amazon, and the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. But then one day she happened to mention she’s also writing a Young Adult novel and developmental editing other authors’ novels.
9. Diane, one of the newest additions to the Dragonfly team, has edited more than 70 standards for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Another cool factoid: In 1980, she was on the President’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, researching and writing the final report for President Carter.
I’m honored to work with such a delightfully smart group of women—and to get to know a bit more about each of you. You inspire me.
Amy Paradysz manages Dragonfly Editorial’s day-to-day corporate proposal editing.

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