Cori Sue Morris
Bitches Who Brunch
Cori Sue is a high-energy entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and consultant with 10 years’ experience in marketing and branding. She is the co-founder of Bitches Who Brunch, a tri-city resource for where to brunch, what to wear, and where to party in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. And, the principal of Citrus Me...
"The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you...Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible. Eat sensibly. Stuff like that."
Adventures. Good Books. Clever Conversation. Sustainability. Innovation. Culture. Networking. Social Media. New Friends. Self-Improvement. Communications. Branding. Fashion.
My current one: co-founder of Bitches Who Brunch & principal of Citrus Media, a boutique marketing agency that specializes in women-led businesses.
U.S. Department of Energy
Communications Specialist & Speechwriter
August 2012 — Present
Act as media lead for Tech-to-Market and International programs in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), working to increase news coverage, write press releases, track media coverage and create social media strategies. Oversee development of EERE corporate identity and brand, and serve as primary reviewer of EERE printed publications. Lead strategic messaging for EERE, spearheading a unified approach to public communications across 11 program areas. Previously worked as speechwriter for EERE Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson developing high-quality, timely briefing and presentation materials for speaking engagements.
June 2016 — Present
Citrus Media is a full-service marketing agency providing marketing and social media support to a roster of a dozen small businesses in Washington, D.C. We specialize in brand strategy, social media, influencer marketing, and getting stuff done for our hospitality, lifestyle, start-up and real estate clients.
WRAP: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
Manager, Communications and External Affairs
November 2011 — August 2012
Managed external communications for an international non-profit specializing in social compliance, human rights and environmental protection for apparel factories. Wrote, edited and published all materials including e-newsletters, website, blogs, social media, press releases and brochures.Handled marketing and branding. Built and leveraged cross-promotional partnerships. Planned events. Planned and executed a website redesign to better communicate to our members.
Senior Technical Writer, Coast Guard's Deepwater Horizon Report
September 2009 — November 2011
Managed, wrote and edited the Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s report detailing the Coast Guard’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Designed and implemented new layout, structure and formatting for the manual. Edited the existing text for readability, grammatical correctness and compliance with GPO style.
Editorial Assistant, Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business Magazines
May 2008 — May 2009
Wrote, edited and fact checked for Southwest Florida's leading lifestyle and business magazines. Managed and edited websites, e-newsletters and social media for both websites.
The News and Observer
Reporter, Under the Dome
January 2008 — May 2008
Covered state politics for Under the Dome blog. Wrote breaking news on short deadline. Interviewed politicians, local residents and visiting speakers. Investigated candidates’ backgrounds and researched public records.
University of North Carolina
Web Manager, UNC Global
October 2007 — May 2008
Worked on team to launch the University’s global website and communications hub. Built, managed, copy-edited and updated site using production software. Wrote news and feature stories on International personalities for the Web site.
National Geographic News
Writer and Social Media Intern
June 2007 — August 2007
I had the unprecedented opportunity to be the first social media intern for National Geographic's digital division, where I wrote breaking news and photo captions for website. Created photo captions. Analyzed competition for site redesign. Pitched stories and Internet features at executive meetings.
Most importantly, I fell in love with digital media and Washington, D.C.
The George Washington University
Master's, International Affairs
Having been raised in South America and loving Latin American culture, I was thrilled to pursue a master's in foreign affairs focused on South and Central America, which led to incredible opportunities and really great trips. Working full-time in downtown DC and pursuing a master's full-time was no easy feat, but I graduated on time with a 3.9 GPA.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelors, Journalism and Mass Communication, History, Spanish
Going to UNC-Chapel Hill as an out-of-state student to study journalism was my dream, and went I received the acceptance letter I was elated. My four years at Carolina brought incredible friendships from my sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and study abroad in Spain and Italy. Learning about editorial journalism and digital media directly from experienced journalists at the School of Communications prepared me for where I am today.