Emily Allen

Writer/Editor at International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Owner Kansas City Walking Tours

Location icon United States of America

Effective communications create positive change and organizational growth.
I have a successful history in creative leadership, customer engagement, marketing and transparent communications.
I've worked as as a journalist, newspaper and magazine editor, public relations manager, communications and programs director.
I'm also the founder and owner of Kansas City Walking Tours.
My debut novel "A Friend of the Enemy" comes out in 2019.


Magazine Writing and Editing

The Boilermaker Reporter
Writing sample

A feature story on six brothers and their family's 76-year history in the union.

The Boilermaker Reporter

At the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, I am a editor, writer and photographer for the Boilermaker Reporter.

The Boilermaker Reporter
Writing sample

Boilermakers are building a new coal-fired power plant for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

OfficePro magazine

From 2008-2015, I was managing editor of OfficePro. I received an Apex Award for the feature article on Toni Smith of the Boeing Corporation.

Freelance Clips

Weekly Reader's Current Science
Four Feet Under

In addition to writing for adults, I have over 100 articles and features I've written for the 8 to 12-year-old reader.

Kansas City Star
A chance to give love, save a life

I was a Midwest Voices columnist at the KC Star for a year and wrote several columns for the opinion page and also blogged on their website.

The Discovery Channel
Endangered crane migration underway

From the late 1990s through early 2000s, I worked as a stringer for The Discovery Channel's website, writing for their news briefs section.

Communications and Communications Strategy

2015 Benchmarking Survey

Every two years IAAP sends a benchmarking survey to members. This is the 2015 write-up of the information.

IAAP board president's speech

I wrote all speeches for the board presidents, incoming president, Foundation chair and CEO. This speech won an APEX award for speechwriting.

Engagement and Marketing

Kansas City walking, food and streetcar tours
KC Walking Tours Home

I launched Kansas City Walking Tours in 2016. Sales from year one to year two tripled. The third season of walking tours kicked off in March, 2018.

Connections & Cocktails - IAAP

During a restructure, members wondered how they'd continue to connect. To meet the need for face-to-face contact, my team and I created an easy "happy hour in a box" event.

Social media channels
Non-member marketing outreach

I conceived the idea to give away a two-month free trial to non-members and the launch a social media campaign to publicize it.

Press Releases

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