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Jennie Velasco


Editor in Chief at Art and Sol

About Me

A bi-lingual graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg with 15 years of experience in entertainment, fashion, and beauty industries. As a long-time manager and leader, I have acquired the knowledge necessary to delegate tasks, maintain organization and thoughtful efficiency with a portfolio of work. I have worked on several freelance projects that have allowed me apply those skills into retail, photo shoots, online digital content, fashion shows, and other acclaimed productions both locally and abroad. (Please see attached resume for professional experience) Along with my time at the Art Institute, I am also a graduate from Empire Beauty School with a state issued license to practice in Illinois, and a graduate of William Rainey Harper College. Also to be noted is effective time spent at Columbia College Chicago. I continue to be ambitious in becoming a well-rounded and efficient leader in my current position. And if your company is looking for a visionary, insightful, forward-thinking manager, I would be an interested candidate to speak with you to discuss the value that my strengths, and experience can bring to your company. To view more of my work, please visit: www.jenniejovelasco.wix.com/portfolio

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My Writing Samples

Halfstack Magazine- Fall Issue 2017

This is HSM's full fall issue where I contributed to the full Music Musts columns and shared a small piece in our "Dear Chicago" column.


The Mythology of Luis Sahagun

This was and article that I contributed to HSM's Spring issue, it was important to me that this feature be presented on my personal blog because of the importance of this artist and his work.



Editor in Chief

Art / Entertainment / Media / Latin Culture / Chicago Events Content and website creator of a lifestyle blog consisting of art, entertainment and Latin culture centrally focused in Chicago. Constructed and self taught wordpress and coding to create a custom layout with simple navigation. Utilizing social media, Google analytics for current and trending topics relevant to the content of the site to gain unique impressions and subscribers. Spearheaded the creative direction of any and all use of visual imagery along with edits done with Adobe tools (inDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom).

Company: Art and Sol

I worked there from 7/2016 until now

Global Merchandising Allocation Analyst

Control inventories at store and cluster level by department/class/ subclass/SKU to ensure the company/ departments/ stores meet and exceed sales and profit plans. Provide analysis to the buying and planning team on product categories and make recommendations on assortments and allocation processes. Manage the pre-receiving review of styles to ensure allocations to the stores are in line with the assortment and allocation plan. Establish volume groups by class and product category for assortment planning and allocation purposes. Conduct cluster forecasting by product/area/stores. Conduct key item analysis and forecasting by store cluster/volume group to ensure optimal inventory levels are purchased and maintained. Conduct analysis of store and cluster level historical data on current trends to identify risks/opportunities by department, class, and category. Collaborate with buyers and planners to develop and communicate a comprehensive assortment planning and allocation strategy that aligns future financial and product goals by department/class. Execute all system requirements to allocate product and report recommendations to maximize sales and turnover opportunities. Build store attributes to understand specific market/store needs, utilizing data to drive market segment purchases and allocations. Determine the flow of product through the DC and stores for replenished and new styles. Recommend/evaluate system enhancements to improve the analysis and allocation process.

Company: Claire's Inc.

I worked there from 10/2015 until now

Senior Editor of Art, Entertainment, and Culture

Art / Entertainment / Culture / Lifestyle / Fashion Considerate set styling and planning including hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Collaborate in creative direction with Editor-in-chief to create content, scenery, and wardrobe arrangement. Light hair duties for photo shoots. Pursue and create content for quarterly online magazine Organize event attendance and interviews for online blog. Media editing Content copyrighting Conduct interviews with media personalities, celebrities, performers and designers for the magazine Representing Halfstack at industry, media and community events Utilize social media for the benefit of increasing exposure to the Halfstack blog with use of subject content and Chicago events. Content can consist of opinion based writings, short essays, and creative works.


I worked there from 3/2015 until now

Administrative Director/Media Relations Coordinator

-Designed media and marketing copy for promotional use -Lead and organized teams for large events -Assisted in production of annual showcase -Worked collaboratively with the Executive Director to create production and marketing plans for annual showcase, workshops and other related events -Served as a main contact for all prospective services and other opportunities for the company.

Company: Hip Hop ConnXion

I worked there from 3/2007 until now

Hair Stylist

-Became a certified style consultant through ElitePro Cosmetics -Freelanced as hair and makeup artist for fashion shows throughout the Chicago area and abroad. -Worked as assistant to renowned salons in the Greater Chicago Area -Volunteer work for charity events -Received training in Aquage, Redken, TIGI, Paul Mitchell, Sassoon, and Matrix

Company: Self Employed

I worked there from 3/2007 until now

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