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Capitol Communicator is running a series of profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this “up close and personal” profile, we feature Eileen Bramlet.  Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Eileen is vice president of marketing and communications for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), managing a team focused on marketing, social media, branding, website content and promotions, and public relations. Eileen was vice president of marketing and communications at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in Arlington, VA, prior to rejoining SIIA a year ago. Her past role at SIIA (prior to working with TIA) she was VP of PR and communications  She has also served as COO at Mobile Posse Inc., spearheading its initial $10 million venture investment, and was a senior vice president at America Online, Inc. While at AOL, Eileen led the development of many AOL International properties – including AOL Japan and AOL Europe – and worked to restructure, rebrand and then manage the award-winning Studio@aol for three years. She also directed operations for the AOL Greenhouse, an award-winning venture capital/content studio developed by DC Sports team owner Ted Leonsis.

Eileen, beyond your work at SIIA, are you involved in any other organizations?

This year, I’m president of the American Marketing Association of DC (AMADC) and am really enjoying the experience of working with such a great board of directors and terrific volunteers. I was also on the board for the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools, and spent 11 years actively fundraising for the schools and for our incredible students.

What is the thing you are most proud of?

I’ve had so many great career experiences, including working at AOL back in its growth years. But the thing I am most proud of is raising terrific kids and being married to my husband since we left college.

Who are your personal role models?

I look to many people for inspiration. One person who stood out as I was growing up is my grandmother, who was way ahead of her time. She believed that if you worked hard, you could achieve everything you want in life. She was fearless.

Did your role models offer professional advice that helped you in your career?

I’ve been told by nearly every boss I’ve had to not work so hard, and I, in turn, say that to my team members. But working hard has always been something I love to do, so I’m probably better at giving that advice than taking it.

Where do you buy most of your clothes to wear to the office?

I’m fortunate in that I work in a business-casual office, which means we can dress up for meetings and events and dress more casually otherwise. I love clothes, purses, shoes; and love to find bargains. And I shop everywhere, from small boutiques to department stores – you name it. I love dressing up in a great suit or dress, and I also love wearing skinny jeans and baggy sweaters. Brands that always fit great are Calvin Klein, Jones New York, and Michael Kors.

Is there anything else our readers should know about you?

I have two great dogs – Skyler and Zoey – and love to travel in my spare time. Since I used to work internationally for AOL, I’ve seen a lot of the world … but I still want to see more!

About The Author

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

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