Samantha Nolan, owner of the personal branding firm Nolan Branding, is regarded as one of the most accomplished and effective personal branding experts in the U.S., having worked with almost 10,000 clients in 47 states and around the world. Samantha was inspired to make a career out of helping others achieve job search success after experiencing her own career trial.
In 2002, Samantha lost her dream marketing job when she was six months pregnant. With the financial future of her growing family on the line, she utilized her corporate marketing experience to brand herself and secured a 100% response rate with the resume she created. Life then took an unexpected turn when her daughter was born prematurely, so she found herself in the maternity ward instead of on the interviews she had secured.
Now needing a plan C, Samantha tapped into her writing and design skills and began writing resumes for a large dot com. After about 300 resumes Samantha pursued and successfully achieved her professional certification in the field. Becoming the company’s top writer, Samantha was called on to turn around client experiences and “save the day” when total re-writes were required for the most discerning clients.
Having dabbled in freelance graphic design earlier in her journey—hence the company’s initial name of Ladybug Design—after a little more than 2 years and 1,000 resumes, Samantha decided to transition from corporate to personal branding and what is now Nolan Branding was born.
In addition to managing Nolan Branding, Samantha writes a weekly syndicated column. Her well-known “Dear Sam” personal branding advice is published weekly in 10+ newspapers across the country. Moreover, through a content partnership with Advance Local, Samantha delivers expertise, weekly, in 11 of the top 20 markets in the U.S.
Samantha is a driven entrepreneur, and an expert writer and brand strategist, and a leader of her team. She has been commended for her ability to facilitate a genuine connection with her clients and considers the success of her clients to be the key indicator of her company’s success.
Samantha resides in Columbus, Ohio with her two children—London (11) and Addy (16)—and her husband Anthony, who, not so coincidentally when considering the brand’s theme, is an airline captain!
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