Emily Allen

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

United States

Emily Allen is a seasoned writer and journalist with over 25 years' experience writing for numerous outlets including the Discovery Channel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Kansas City Star. Her PR magic has garnered placement in hundreds of outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post and Forbes. She's won dozens of awards for her writing, photography, marketing, and newspaper and magazine editing.

Emily has held a variety of positions including communications director, programs director, writer/editor, public relations manager, newspaper editor and crackerjack freelancer. She's also the founder of Kansas City Walking Tours.


Magazine Writing and Editing

OfficePro magazine

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

Freelance Clips

The Discovery Channel
Endangered crane migration underway

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

Weekly Reader's Current Science
Four Feet Under

In addition to writing for adults, Emily has over 100 articles and features for the 8 to 12-year-old reader.

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

Emily was a Midwest Voices columnist at the Kansas City Star for a year. She wrote several columns for the opinion page and also blogged on their website.

Communications and Communications Strategy

Benchmarking Survey

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

IAAP board president's speech

Emily wrote all speeches and coached on media appearances for the board president, 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

Emily launched Kansas City Walking Tours in 2015 and sold the business in March, 2019.

Connections & Cocktails - IAAP

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

Press Releases