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 Senior Vice President of Communications for the Copyright Alliance, managing a team focused on internal and external communications, social media, branding, website content and public relations. In addition to working at several D.C.-based trade organizations, Eileen 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 the Copyright Alliance, are you involved in any other organizations?
I’m proud to say that I was recently president of the American Marketing Association of DC (AMADC) after serving on its board for many years, and really enjoyed 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. I’m currently a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and continue to be involved with AMADC.
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 year, working with incredible people who are still my friends today. I also love the work that I do now at the Copyright Alliance. Our team is amazing, and it’s such an honor to work on supporting creator rights every single day. But, the thing I am most proud of is raising terrific kids and being married to my husband Morgan since we graduated from 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 Hill meetings and important events and dress more casually otherwise. I love clothes, purses, shoes; and love to find bargains. I shop everywhere, from small boutiques to department stores to online sites – 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 love to travel, watch movies, bike ride and hang out with my family. Since I used to work internationally for AOL, I’ve seen a lot of the world … but I still want to see more!