Portfolio of Janet Liao Kornas, a content strategist with demonstrated experience building audiences through print, digital and social media.

Currently, Janet works at a Chicago-based content marketing agency, where she provides insight and solutions to non-profits and associations through custom media, including magazines, websites, tablet applications and social media campaigns.

Her management skills include contributing to the development of a $6 million grant portfolio at a Chicago-based foundation, where she carried out programs in youth media, digital journalism, journalism training and news literacy.

Select articles & publications

Last Call
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators' Move magazine
Fall 2012
Building Hope
North American Wholesale Lumber Association
Fall 2012
Drainless is the Future: Building Drainless Pools
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Q1 2013
Design Philanthropy
Perspective: International Interior Design Association magazine
Spring 2007
Sense and Sensibility: Meeting the Needs of Today's Diverse Communities
Perspective: International Interior Design Association magazine
Fall 2007
The Reality of Recovery
My Business: National Federation of Independent Business
March/April 2010
Beauty Contest in the Oil Patch
Forward Magazine: Metals Service Center Institute
March/April 2007
Sound Credit Practices for Your Business
Wells Fargo Business Insight Series
2009 (W3 silver award winner - International Academy of the Visual Arts)
Speak to Peoples Values
MasterCard Mid-size Business — Retail Resource and Tools
December 2007
Green Building: Selecting Sustainable Materials
Lowes for Pros
March 2008
Create Raving Fans/OE magazine
January 2008-March 2009

Client & Publication list

  • Calbee
  • Cornell Daily Sun
  • Chick-fil-A Operational Excellence magazine
  • Chick-fil-A Create magazine
  • Chicago Women in Philanthropy
  • Cool Globes
  • Daily Herald
  • EAC Global
  • Event Marketer magazine
  • Forward: Global Perspective from the MSCI
  • Hyperlink magazine
  • Home Buyers' Dream Team
  • Lowesforpros.com
  • Mastercard.com
  • Medill Reports
  • Northwest Indiana Herald
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Perspective magazine
  • PM Network (Project Management Institute)
  • PMP Passport (Project Management Institute)
  • Residential Lighting
  • Wells Fargo Strategies & Solutions for your Business
  • Wells Fargo Small Business Webcast Series
  • Wells Fargo Business Insight Series

Website Content Development

Chicago Women in Philanthropy
Chicago Women in Philanthropy
btrax, Inc.
btrax, Inc.
Home Buyer's Dream Team
Kornas Corporation
btrax, Inc.
Masters in Journalism
Northwestern University
B.A. in English
Cornell University
  • Chicago Women in Philanthropy
  • Asian Giving Circle
  • Janet's Book Suggestion:
    Love Medicine
    by: Louise Erdrich
  • Custom content production
  • Web site content
  • College/admissions essay critiques
  • Hobbies:
  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Bikram Yoga
  • The Entrepreneur in Me:
  • Write Impression
  • It all started with two words: Harn-Harn.

    On the first day of pre-school, my mom told the teacher that my name was Liao Shu Han, but that at home, everyone called me Han Han.

    Before my parents came to St. Louis from Taiwan, they hired a tutor who made them memorize episodes of Three's Company. At that time, my mom had the vocabulary of 80's sitcom television, so maybe Mrs. Brown, with two kids climbing up her back and half a jar of glue in her hair, didn't quite catch that my given English name was Janet, and not the strange combination of words that was to be my name in preschool.

    "Harn-Harn?" The teacher stared at me, trying to sort through my mother's accent. "Is that your name?"

    It's been quite a journey since then.

    A name change in first grade did the basic trick, and a love for reading, writing and words helped, too (I was the kid who read books underneath the table at restaurants).

    I earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University with distinction in all subjects. In 2003, I was named Beat Writer of the Year at the Cornell Daily Sun for coverage of health issues on campus.

    I later was awarded a Chinese Cultural Scholarship in 2005 to study Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Culture University.

    In 2006, I was in the first class of McCormick Scholars at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. My graduate work included training in business reporting, new media storytelling and the business & culture of journalism.

    Today, I'm a published writer. My work has appeared in The Daily Herald, Northwest Indiana Times, Residential Lighting, Event Marketer, PM Network, The International Interior Design Association's Perspective magazine, MSCI's Forward magazine, lowesforpros.com and MasterCard.com.

    In addition to my journalism skills, I'm proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, as well as conversational in Taiwanese. I enjoy running and completed my first 10-mile (Soldier Field) and half marathon (Rock 'n Roll Chicago) last year. I also enjoy cooking and practicing bikram yoga.

    I have a lot of ideas. Do you have a place where they can be put to work?
    Let’s connect!


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