Engagement Strategies by Fran Simon
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Testimonials and Recommendations

“I did not know Fran personally when I emailed her to explore the marketing and social networking services she might be able to provide to Rainbow Educational Concepts and Robert-Leslie Publishing. I was impressed with her knowledge and enthusiasm at an early stage. Our discussions continued, and I felt more confident that Fran would be able to provide the marketing services that are consistent with our business strategy and growth plan. It was the best business decision I could have made. In a short time, Fran has proven herself to be creative, dedicated, savvy, hard working, and 100% goal oriented, which is exactly what our companies need right now. She doesn't just theorize about good marketing ideas -- she plans and implements strategies that produce solid, measurable results. I highly recommend Fran Simon and Engagement Strategies and will continue to use her services for a very long time.”

Judith Coffey, CEO, Robert-Leslie Publishing

“Utilizing Fran's services to help implement an online marketing program for my company was among the best business decisions I've ever made. To say that Fran goes the extra mile does not begin to do justice with respect to her efforts. Fran will care about your success every bit as much as you will. She consistently makes sound suggestions and is clearly both an expert and a student who is always seeking the latest information to better provide for her clients. Fran is equally liable to propose a recommendation that reinforces your own thoughts as she is to make one that you may never have thought of yet makes perfect sense nevertheless. I would whole-heartedly recommend Fran Simon for virtually any online marketing need.”

Adam Van Wye, Owner, Mailing Lists, Inc.


“Having worked with Fran for 6 years, I can say, without reservation, that she is one of the brightest and most capable persons that I have ever worked with. While working at an executive level, Fran was able to consistently think 3 steps ahead of the rest of us, whilst maintaining a level-headed and detailed perspective of the immediate environment and its challenges. Fran helped (and had often to persevere) to transform Teaching Strategies from a small company to a growth-oriented, efficient corporate environment. Her focus on accountability, generously and fairly recognizing her employees, project and program management, systems and analytical planning and thinking, were instrumental to Teaching Strategies' success. Her knowledge of technology and her capacity to learn and drive new ideas is superior. I consider her a mentor.”

Carla Uriona
, Creative Director, Teaching Strategies, Inc.

"Over the past five years I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working with Fran Simon in several capacities including as a business partner, colleague, and friend. She is a well organized, very detail oriented leader who brings an abundance of new ideas to the table. She has an excellent track record of collaborating with other organizations and has been a strong voice in the movement to increase the technology skills of early childhood administrators. I would highly recommend her as a candidate for any opportunity she chooses to pursue."

Tim Walker
, Director of Technology, National-Louis University, McCormick Tribune Center

“Fran reported to me in various positions for 15 years at All Saints' All Day Child Care Center, a 501(c)3 organization with 6 sites. She began her employment as a Teacher/Director in a start up center in a public school where she built instant rapport with the children, staff, families, All Saints' All Day Board of Directors and school administration. Along with the growth of All Saints' All Day Fran was quickly promoted to the newly created position of Director of Resources and Development. In that capacity Fran was instrumental in overseeing the growth and development of a once small organization into one largest child care organizations in lower Montgomery County.

A great deal of the organization's early growth and success can be attributed to Fran's commitment, compassion and professionalism. Fran personally developed and administered the fund raising efforts of the Center which benefited the scholarship fund, providing financial aid to over 60 families who would otherwise be unable to afford child care.

With her ability to see the big picture, she oversaw the Center's growth, from hiring and supervising staff to development efforts. Fran spearheaded the marketing, technology, and public relations operations for ASAD including the employee handbook, brochures, newsletters, promotional flyers, and much more. She organized community events, set up the CFC fund, and the organizations' visibility on the internet by coordinating with Guide Star.

Fran also managed the organization's technology, including several transitions and migrations.  We went from a completely manual organization to a technologically savvy business through her stewardship.
Fran is one of the most creative and passionate people with whom I have ever worked. Fran's drive and motivation contributed to putting All Saints All Day on the map as a premier child care provider. Her vision created a much improved and efficient operation of the Center's business operations.  It was a privilege to have worked with Fran for 15 years. I truly value the professional and personal relationship that we continue to share to this day. I consider it an honor to have served as Fran's supervisor."

Bruce Kahan
, Executive Director, Wonders Child Care Center

“Fran Simon is a very hard working leader who is results-driven. She is willing to go over and beyond and she gets the job done. Fran is the type of leader who is the first to arrive for a project, and the last to leave. She is a true professional.”

Mila Fuller, Director of Strategic Initiatives, International Society for Technology in Education

“Fran is passionate and will stop at nothing to get the word out. In addition to her passion about the education of children and quality child care, Fran is also very creative about marketing and communication. I have seen Fran unapologetically try new strategies and technologies and turn these channels into great, effective new resources. Fran is innovative, passionate, authentic and a pleasure to work with!”

Kelly Lynch Russell, Business Development, Care.com

“I worked closely with Fran on a number of projects at NACCRRA. Fran displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. She is definitely a leader rather than a follower. Notably, Fran has the keen ability to mesh a deep understand of the target market and cutting-edge technology. This results in creative, efficient solutions. Her good judgment and and technical savvy ensure a progressive, logical and practical approach to her endeavors.”

Bryan Schultz, Chief of Membership and Organizational Advancement, National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
“Fran supported the work and efforts of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Technology and Young Children Interest Forum for years, coordinating the technology resource room at the annual conference, and promoting the work of this group. It was evident from this collaboration how skilled Fran is as a manager, and at marketing. She helped find sponsors, coordinate schedules of volunteers and events in the room, and used her marketing skills to let conference attendees know about the technology room and activities taking place there. Fran's enthusiasm, dedication, and support for promoting technology use to benefit the early education field was clear from her hard work on these NAEYC Technology and Young Children Interest Forum projects.”

Bonnie Blagojevic, Research Associate, UMaine

“Fran can assess a situation and identify opportunities where technology can streamline and optimize the process. She has the vision to see the various parts and departments of a company and pinpoint where they can and should intersect for communications, technology and operations.”

Eleanor Frias
, Owner, Modern Signal

“Fran is a high-energy creative thinker who has worked in all areas of online communication, including publishing, marketing, and new media. Fran is an excellent manager who helps her staff improve their performance by providing relevant training and ongoing coaching. During the years I worked with Fran, I knew her to be a forward-thinking planner and decision-maker who could consider the possible while making the practical happen. I highly recommend Fran.”

Leslie O'Flahavan
, Owner, E-WRITE