Susan joined NCP in 2018. As Marketing Manager, Susan leads NCP’s strategic marketing initiatives and creates and manages marketing and branding content for the firm. Susan previously worked at Luckie & Company, a Birmingham-based advertising agency, as a Creative Content Writer. At Luckie, Susan created content for clients such as Regions Bank, Alabama Power Company and the US Civil Rights Trail, among others. In addition to her career experience writing content for print and digital media, Susan has also published several essays and a chapbook of poetry.
Susan earned a PhD in English with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MA in English from Saint Louis University and a BA in Writing from the University of Evansville.
Of the five NCP Values, which is your favorite one? Why?
My favorite of our values is “Be genuine.” Being genuine is the foundation of great relationships, whether personal or professional. I feel lucky to work in an environment where people are down-to-earth and honest.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Finishing my PhD in 2016 was my personal Mount Everest. I was fortunate to work with a great cohort of writers and fantastic mentors during my time in graduate school. Teaching, writing and working all at once made for a few of the toughest years I’ve had in my professional life, but in the end, I was really proud of myself when I got to walk across the stage and receive my hood and diploma from my dissertation director.
What are some words of wisdom you live by?
Never stop learning. It’s so important to me to stay curious and continue to learn and experience new things, especially those things that are out my comfort zone. This is why travel has become such a priority for me. It’s also why I’m constantly reading. Knowledge does not always equal power, but I do think knowledge helps us be more empathetic.
What fact about you might people be surprised to learn?
Since 2017, I’ve co-hosted a podcast about books and pop culture with three other women.