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Kaitlin Barnes

Kaitlin Barnes

Executive Assistant

Reasoning Mind

Houston, TX

Put simply, I like to make sure that things get done. Whether that means doing it myself (I can crank out nametags and spreadsheets with the best of 'em) or identifying the strengths of group members and delegating tasks to them, I love ensuring that projects and events are planned and executed well. I recently graduated ...

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Education reform; school choice; applying business principles to non-profit work; thrift shopping

Planning events and handling logistics for a high-performing charter school system
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Reasoning Mind

Executive Assistant

I anticipate scheduling needs and conflicts for three vice presidents and arrange accommodations for office guests, including board members, researchers, and district administrators. I arrange domestic and international travel for three different departments. I reorganized and continually update the company organization chart so that it can be shared with new hires and candidates. I provide support for special projects, including filing trademark applications, drafting and editing external correspondence, and comparing third-party professional development providers. Finally, I plan multiple company events, including the annual holiday party and department retreats.

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YES Prep Public Schools

Special Projects Assistant--College Initiatives

I managed social media for the College Initiatives team by generating daily tweets for three separate accounts and I increased the number of followers and retweets for @YESPrepCollege and @DonaldKamentz. I created a reference document for students and counselors detailing the process of transferring colleges and re-enrolling in community colleges. I regularly entered, organized, and cross-referenced multiple sets of data to ensure that all student contact information was up-to-date, and I assisted with day-of logistics for Senior Signing Day and Commencement ceremonies.

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YES Prep Public Schools

Campus Recruitment Coordinator

I coordinated and executed information sessions to increase awareness of YES Prep among Rice students and met individually with strong candidates to help determine whether they are a good match for YES Prep. I created and executed a campus-wide marketing strategy using print media, social media, and class presentations, and used TalentEd software to enter and track data on current and potential YES Prep applicants. I also met regularly with the YES recruitment team to strategize on the best ways of reaching Rice students, and how to create a talent pipeline for the following years. My CRC team's work resulted in YES Prep being the #1 employer of 2014 Rice graduates.

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Rice University

University Events Coordinator

I coordinated both university-wide and residential college-specific activities for the largest event on campus (Willy Week), a week-long celebration attended by 10,000 Rice students, alumni, and Houston residents. I secured 18 corporate sponsors for college tailgates and managed a budget of $4,000. I created and executed a plan of advertising events throughout the school year and collaborated with campus administrators to ensure compliance with university requirements.

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Leadership Rice

Teaching Assistant

I collaborated with the directors of Leadership Rice and two other students to create “The Leading Edge,” a new workshop to provide Rice students with professional and leadership development skills necessary to succeed at summer internships. This workshop served 35 students over two days. I designed the curriculum for a summer course on "Leadership in a Professional Context," which required reviewing books and articles focused on leadership, and designed a course syllabus. During the summer, I served as a mentor to 7 students enrolled in the course and administered the course gradebook, assignments, and reading resources.

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Rice University

Orientation Week Coordinator

I worked with two other students to plan and execute all events and sessions related to Rice's Orientation Week, which is attended by all of Rice's 1,000 new students. My responsibilities were extensive and included the following:

Interviewing and selecting a team of 36 upperclassmen mentors (out of 175 applicants) to guide new students through their first year of college. This included designing two applications and conducting three rounds of interviews.

Planning a week of events that equipped upperclassmen mentors with the training and skills needed to interact with new students and their families

Communicating with 25 Rice faculty members and persuading them to serve as mentors for new students

Pairing 94 students with roommates by evaluating extensive criteria and considering residential college culture

Balancing a budget of $14,000

Designing and distributing shirts, lanyards, and a 180-page book that introduced new students to their residential college

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Reasoning Mind

Summer Fellow

My biggest project as a Summer Fellow was creating two fundraising campaigns that Reasoning Mind implemented to attract and engage with individual donors. This process included researching campaign best practices, creating a detailed plan of action items, and identifying different ways of marketing the campaigns (#givingtuesday, Razoo, Twitter and Facebook, etc.). I also kept Reasoning Mind employees in the loop about education news by summarizing articles for the internal news blog, and identified and organized potential sources of corporate and government funding.

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Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation

Community Bridges Fellow

I took the initiative to streamline the organization's grant-writing process. I created a 55-page manual that brought together information that was previously disjointed, including the organization's finances, mission and vision; write-ups of current and completed projects; photos and mock-ups of projects; and application guidelines for specific grants. I also assisted with the planning for the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service by drafting ask letters to secure funding and donations from area restaurants, businesses, and banks for a KaBOOM! playground build. Finally, I increased online presence by updating the website and Wikipedia page to reflect recent projects and media coverage.

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Religion and Public Life Program

Undergraduate Research Fellow

I developed a 35-page manuscript on the relationship between religion and environmental views with Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund. I also transcribed, coded, and analyzed more than 20 interviews with religious leaders and congregants in Houston to assist with research on the connection between religion and science.

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U.S. Department of Education

Leadership Rice SME Fellow

I was selected out of 160 applicants to a competitive summer mentorship program. I analyzed news stories to identify trends in education and summarized findings to compose a daily news briefing that was emailed to 30 Department of Education employees. This work led to me being asked to conduct research on school discipline topics and compile talking points for the office's director to use in press interviews.

I evaluated grant applications and communicated with 50 school districts nationwide about grant eligibility status. I also interviewed a youth anti-bullying advocate and published the write-up on the stopbullying.gov blog.

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Rice University

B.A., Sociology, Policy Studies

Minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities.