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T. Shawn Taylor

Shawn is a professional writer, journalist and media consultant specializing in public policy and advocacy; aerospace/defense; women’s issues; entrepreneurship; small business financing; labor and management issues; and civic engagement. She is president of Treetop Consulting Inc., a communications, media and marketing firm she founded in 2006 following a career as a full-time print and broadcast media professional. Her articles and commentaries have appeared in the Chicago Tribune; Essence, Edutopia, Sky, Business 2.0 and Consumer Reports magazines; on New Equity Business.com, Afro-netizen and The Root.com on the Web; and on “NextTV: Change You Can See,” the Chicago Urban League’s Emmy-award winning reality television program on FOX Chicago.

Pier Scott

Pier Scott has more than 20 years of strategic public relations planning and execution experience with emphasis on developing relationships between internal and external audiences, including media, corporate leaders, civic decision-makers and employees.

Pier joined Treetop after 12 years with global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, where she managed publicity for Budweiser and other branded events; developed corporate responsibility programs; and guest services properties.  Based in St. Louis, Mo., Pier draws on her broad range of experience in media relations, project management and event planning to deliver positive results.


Claudia Banks

Claudia Banks is a writer, editor and communications professional with more than 20 years experience at the Chicago Tribune. Her wide-ranging responsibilities included coverage of major business beats, cops and courts and urban affairs. A native Chicagoan, she specialized in covering Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. Ms. Banks is a board member at the Community Media Workshop. She has a Bachelor's of Journalism degree from Columbia College in Chicago.

Janan Hanna

Janan Hanna has been a Chicago journalist for more than 20 years. She spent the bulk of her career at the Chicago Tribune where she was hired as a reporter by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike Royko. Janan quickly developed an expertise in legal affairs writing and after years at the Tribune, she attended law school. She then began teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, twice winning the "teacher of the year" award from the student government association. Janan is a prolific writer, having covered the two federal corruption trials of convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich for Thomson Reuters, the New York Times, Huffington Post and other publications. She continues to write about a broad range of topics for a variety of publications and businesses, including legal journals, law firm websites and nonprofits. She is a thorough reporter, a concise writer and a team player, always eager to collaborate with clients in order to fulfill their writing and marketing goals. Janan holds a BA and MSJ from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.

Naheed Attari

Attari is a detail-driven editor and proofreader with more than 25 years experience in print media. Formerly of the Chicago Tribune, Business 2.0 and Edutopia magazines, Attari is "the finisher" of major Treetop research reports and a book editor, checking facts for content, graphics and footnotes.

Gentry Sleets
Left Brain Graphics

Sleets is a graphic artist in designers with extensive experience working in print media. He founded Left Brain Graphics in 2008 and has designed award-winning collateral materials and special reports for nonprofits and corporations. www.leftbraingraphics.com


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