2015 DPC Gridiron Show

Tickets are still available for next week’s Denver Press Club Gridiron Show.

Who’ll be on stage? Gov. John Hickenlooper and his band will make their annual appearance. Longtime DPC member and new Denver City Council member Kevin Flynn has written a song to the tune of Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together” that he’ll perform.

Rep. Jonathan Singer and other state legislators will perform one song. And the core cast: Edie Sonn, Cynthia Rose, Ruth Darling-Goldberg, Cynthia Hessin, Bruce Goldberg, Tom Corona and newcomer Phil James.  Plus Hank Troy on piano and Julia Hays on violin. Fred Brown will serve as emcee.

The songs will skewer such topics as Donald Trump, Tom Brady, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Animas River spill, Hillary Clinton, presidential candidates, RTD’s train to DIA and more.

PRSA Colorado Marijuana Brand Challenge Tonight

Standing Out in a Field of Cannabis Edibles and Other Brand Challenges of Legalization is the subject of this year’s Brand Challenge that takes place today at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver.

Join panelists Stacey Stegman from DIA, Ricardo Baca from The Denver Post and Joe Hodas from Dixie Elixirs as they and attendees discuss how the legalization of marijuana has changed our state brand, issues that exist at the state and federal levels as visitors travel to and from Colorado through DIA, some complicated definitions, and more.

No registration is required – walk-ins are welcome.

PRSA Colorado Brand Challenge
4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28
Oxford Hotel
1637 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
$35 / $20 for students

PRSA Colorado Media Roundtable Luncheon

Registration has opened for PRSA Colorado’s most-popular lunch program – the annual media roundtable.

Annual Media Roundtable Luncheon
11:30 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23
Comedy Works South
5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
$30 for students; $35 for members; $49 for nonmembers

This year’s media attendees include:

  • Vicky Collins, Teletrends
  • Kasey Cordell, Senior Editor, 5280 Magazine
  • Heather Draper, Banking/Finance/Legal Reporter, Denver Business Journal
  • Jim Hooley, General Reporter, Fox 31 and KOA
  • Rob McClure, Photojournalists, CBS4
  • Barry Petersen, Correspondent, CBS News
  • Rory Schmalzried, Executive Producer News Logistics, KMGH-TV
  • Kristine Strain, Assistant News Director, CBS-4
  • Eric Whitney, Reporter, Colorado Public Radio
  • Daliah Singer, Associate Editor, 5280 Magazine

Thread Summit Announces Keynote, Panel Speakers

The Thread Summit has announced its list of speakers. Keynote speakers include:

  • Aaron Kennedy, founder of Noodles & Company and chief marketing officer of the state of Colorado
  • Shawn Amos, founder and chief executive officer of Freshwire
  • Jason Lankow, chief executive officer and co-founder of Column Five and author
  • Ben Edwards, vice president global communications and digital marketing for IBM
  • Dave Senay, chief executive officer of FleishmanHillard
  • Helen Clark, head of corporate marketing for Chevron
  • Katherine Yip, chairman and founder of KYG International

Additionally, the conference announced the list of panel participants:

  • Ken Lund, executive director of the Office of Economic Development
  • Ramonna Robinson, president of GroundFloor Media
  • Eric Brown, director of communications for Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Stephanie Donner, Governor John Hickenlooper’s senior deputy legal counsel
  • Jennifer Nealson, chief marketing officer for Denver Center for Performing Arts
  • Perry Evans, founder and chief executive officer of Perch;
  • Marcus Jimenez, founder and chief executive officer of StickyDocs
  • Luella Chavez D’Angelo Chief Communications Officer at Western Union
  • Maril MacDonald, CEO and founder of Gagen MacDonald
  • Bill Myers, vice president of communications, marketing and CSR at DaVita

Colorado Poll Finds Tight Budgets Are Elevating Social Media

Tightening budgets are causing Colorado marketing and communications executives to lean more heavily on social media and content marketing , according to a new poll by The Thread Summit and the Business Marketing Association of Colorado (BMA Colorado).

Among the findings:

  • Most senior-level marketers believe social and digital channels are delivering the biggest bang for their marketing buck, followed by public relations activities, sponsorships and advertising.
  • The top three external marketing/communication challenges in 2013 were competition, technology and innovation.
  • LinkedIn is the social media platform used most often to engage with customers, followed by Facebook and Twitter.
  • About half of the respondents indicated “big data/analytics” is of medium importance to them.
  • The favorite marketing buzzwords of 2013 include “content marketing,” “integration” and “engagement.”
  • The least favorite buzzwords from 2013 include “big data,” “social media” and “content marketing.”

Results of the poll are being used to guide themes, speakers and panels at The Thread Summit in Denver, Feb. 19-20, 2014.

Early Registration Open for Denver’s Thread Summit

The Thread Summit — hosted in Denver on February 19-20, 2014 — is a unique gathering designed for marketing and communications leaders based in the Rocky Mountain region. This day-and-a-half Summit, features seven distinct, but related modules led by some of our profession’s most respected leaders.

The summit is designed to share ideas, exchange knowledge and build relationships – without having to fly to New York or San Francisco. The agenda is designed to address topics of interest to organizations that are large, medium or small and concepts that are applicable across industry sectors.

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Help Those Who Need a #PRBoost

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PRSA’s annual community outreach event—PR Boost—is just a few weeks away, and it needs your help. PRSA is looking for top-level PR practitioners with at least 5 years of experience who have a passion for public service to mentor area nonprofits in need of a little communication assistance.

Fifth Annual PRSA PR Boost Event
Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7:30-11 a.m.
(7:15- Check In and Breakfast)
Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce,
1445 Market Street, Denver CO 80202

Here’s how it works: PRSA Colorado aligns PR pros with area nonprofits for two one-on-one sessions in which you’ll work together to mentor members from these organizations to help them achieve their communication goals.  It’s a small commitment from you, but it will mean a lot to these nonprofits, and to the communities they serve.

Register here: http://www.prsacolorado.affiniscape.com/displayconvention.cfm?conventionnbr=12545

Blake, Heinrich Create #InsideDenver Twitter Chat

Blake Communications and Heinrich Marketing have created #InsideDenver, a monthly Twitter chat for the Denver creative and business community to highlight and feature unique, unusual and integral people and happenings.

The first chat will take place Wednesday, August 14, from noon to 1 p.m. MDT and focuses on Denver’s co-working spaces. Guests Charlie Johnson & Lisa McAlister from Thrive and Lisa Gedgaudas from Denver Arts & Venues will share information about Denver’s co-working culture.

Colorado State PRSSA Hosts Digital Reputation Event in Denver

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The Colorado State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is hosting a digital reputation breakfast event in August. The event will focus on helping attendees develop a strategy for increasing their digital footprints, identify their most important keywords and phrases, quickly and easily monitor what’s being said online and create engaging online content.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Colorado State University’s Denver Center
410 17th Street, Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80202


The Denver Triathlon has been postponed until September due to a lack of entrants. And, judging by the communications from the organizers, the postponement likely is step one (with step two being the official cancellation later this summer):

“Hi everyone, I sort of ignored FB yesterday to make sure I replied to everyone’s emails. If you have any specific questions I want to answer them. In an effort to be transparent, I had to postpone this race as we almost had more police officers working than we had registrants. After a wonderfully reviewed race last year we have seen a major drop in registration to the point that it was cancel or postpone. We had to chose one or the other and while it isn’t fun for anyone we didn’t want to cancel.”

PRSA Colorado Luncheon: Following the ‘Rocky’ Road

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Following the “Rocky” Road
Former Rocky Mountain News Staffers Share Their Stories Four Years Later

After 149 years and 311 days, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on February 27, 2009. As the four-year anniversary of its closure approaches, PRSA Colorado reflects on this stark example of the ever-changing media landscape in our own backyard. A panel discussion will feature former Rocky reporters David Milstead, Sam Adams, Penny Parker and Chris Walsh, and will be moderated by Andrew Hudson.

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Second Annual PRSA Colorado ‘Brand Challenge’

PRSA Colorado is hosting the Second Annual Brand Challenge – a networking, collaborating, creative thinking and pitching competition – on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Wynkoop Brewery.

Representatives from Colorado organizations, including Visit DenverColorado Ski Country USA, and RiNo Arts District, will each present the audience with a unique communications challenge. Teams of 10 people will have 50 minutes to collaborate, brainstorm and develop a solution. Each team will then have five minutes to pitch their idea in front of the audience. The brand representatives will select the best pitches– one for each brand. Each member of the winning teams will receive a prize. Teams will be assigned upon arrival – first come, first serve.

Goodwill Industries of Denver Fashion Event Wins ISES Award

Congratulations to Erin Rist and the team at Goodwill Industries of Denver, which recently received a “Best Corporate/Non Profit Event” award from the Denver chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) for its inaugural Good Exchange for Change Fashion Show and Clothing Swap event.

The event, which sold out, featured local fashion designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame and included a fashion show with designs by students from Goodwill’s youth programs.

PRSA Colorado ‘Media Roundtable’ Luncheon

PRSA Colorado’s annual Media Roundtable luncheon is next week, and it is a chance to connect with Denver media such as:

  • Julie Dugdale, senior editor, 5280
  • Amber Johnson, editor, The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas
  • Kelley Griffin, executive producer, Colorado Public Radio
  • Kathy Walker, news director, KOA-850 AM
  • Rory Schmalzried, executive producer of news logistics, 7News
  • Dennis Huspeni, staff writer, Denver Business Journal
  • Doug Hoffacker, assignment editor, CBS4News
  • Greg Griffin, business reporter, The Denver Post
  • Suzanne Brown, features editor, The Denver Post
  • Curtis Hubbard, editorial page editor, The Denver Post
  • Misty Montano, digital content manager, 9News
  • Erika Napoletano, writer, Entreprenuer magazine & The Bitch Slap
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Registration and Networking | 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: The Four Seasons Hotel | 1111 14th Street | Denver, CO 80202

ESPIOC Seeks Social Media, PR Measurement Speakers

The Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado (ESPIOC) is seeking speakers for its upcoming training conference (May 17-18, Estes Park) on the following topics:

Social Media and Beyond: Digital Communications for Emergency Services PIOs
Using social media, e-newsletters, text alerts, mobile sites, video, blogs, RSS, etc. to communicate consistently in good times and bad. This presentation should include how to choose from among the many digital tools out there, how to use them effectively, and how to maintain a professional brand across all platforms. Includes actionable tips and tools to immediately implement in your organization. Should be geared for an intermediate level user; most attendees have had training in basic social media and many usesome of these tools regularly.

Show Me the Results: Tracking and Measuring Your PR Efforts
Public relations is not just “nice to have” — it’s “need to have.” In times when budgets are tightening, PR remains one of the best investments you can make in your organization. But some people need convincing.  Here are some best practices for tracking and measuring ROI for your in-house PR initiatives.

If you are interested in speaking, contact Andrea Burns.

PRSA Colorado’s Chapter Retreat – CoLab

The CoLab (formerly the PRSA Chapter Retreat) will feature hands-on, intentionally collaborative workshops that will encourage and inspire you to build chemistry with fellow industry professionals, test your limits and expand your capabilities. You’ll develop a strategic mindset, strengthen your relationships and pick up practical tips.

Early-Bird Pricing through Oct. 27: Fees for PRSA Colorado members is $130 for full retreat, $50 for keynote lunch only, or $25 for Young Pros session only. Non-member fees are $170 for full retreat, $65 keynote lunch only, or $35 for Young Pros only. Student discounts available for $65-$85. Click here for details. Continue reading “PRSA Colorado’s Chapter Retreat – CoLab”

PRSA Colorado ‘Brand Challenge’

Next Wednesday, in lieu of its monthly luncheon, PRSA Colorado will host its first Brand Challenge – a networking, collaborating, creative thinking, pitching competition.

Representatives from Crocs, the Four Seasons Hotel, and Smashburger will present three unique communication challenges. Randomly assigned teams will have 30 minutes to develop a solution and three minutes to pitch their idea. Each member of the winning teams will receive prizes up to $100 in value.

In addition to food, drinks and great prizes, the event will be a great opportunity to:

  • Visit with friends and colleagues
  • Network with local PR professionals
  • Learn about the communication challenges that major brands are experiencing
  • Participate in an integrated brainstorming and pitching exercise with a diverse team of communicators
  • Observe the creative thinking and pitching style of peers
  • And, did we mention…prizes up to $100 in value from Crocs, the Four Seasons and Smashburger

REGISTER NOW:  http://bit.ly/mVQsy5

$25 for Students
$35 for PRSA Colorado Members
$45 for Non-members

Tickets Available for the DPC’s 2011 Gridiron Show

If you like to see Tom “Troubleshooter” Martino get kicked around, good news. He joins Michelle Bachman, former Congressman Anthony Wiener and President Obama as targets of the 2011 Denver Press Club Gridiron Show. Tickets are $20 each, and the show will feature Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Jim Benemann, Mike Landess, Cynthia Hessin, Bruce Goldberg, Ruth Darling-Goldberg and TaRhonda Thomas among others.

2011 Denver Press Club Gridiron Show
7 p.m., Friday, October 21
L2 Arts and Culture Center
1477 Columbine St., Denver
Purchase Tickets


The PRSA Colorado ‘Great Brand Challenge’


  • October 19, 2011
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


  • Braun’s (24th and Blake near Coors Field in the Ballpark District)


  • Representatives from three nationally recognized brands (Crocs, The Four Seasons Hotel, and Smashburger) will present the audience with a unique communication challenge.
  • Teams of eight to 10 people (attendees) will have 30 minutes to collaborate, brainstorm and develop a solution.
  • Each team will then have three minutes to pitch their idea in front of the audience.
  • The brand representatives will select the three best pitches – one for each brand.
  • Each member of the three winning teams will receive a prize from the brand they pitched.
  • Note: Teams will be assigned randomly to foster networking and fresh thinking by bringing together groups of people with diverse skill sets and experience levels.


  • A fresh approach to networking
  • Exposure to real brands and real brand challenges
  • Opportunity to participate in an integrated brainstorming, planning and pitching exercise with a diverse team of communicators.
  • Exposure to the approach, creative thinking, ideation and pitching style of peers.
  • Opportunity to win big prizes


  • $35 for PRSA Colorado Members
  • $45 for Non-members


Registration has opened for PRSA CoLab, a full-day experiment in innovative thinking and discussion for Colorado’s public relations professionals. The hands-on, intentionally creative and challenging workshops will encourage and inspire participants to build chemistry with other industry professionals, test their limits and expand their capabilities. The CoLab will feature top speakers, energizing activities and a collaborative work environment.

9 am – 5 pm, Thursday, Nov. 3
Denver Art Museum


Denver’s PR Agency Leaders

If you are interested in learning first-hand what it takes to build one of Denver’s biggest and/or best PR agencies, plan to attend PRSA Colorado’s September luncheon. I am moderating an all-star panel discussion that features six of Denver’s most notable agency leaders:

Send me an email or post a comment if you have a question you would like me to ask any or all of these agency leaders. And don’t be afraid to make them tough – they can take it.

PRSA Colorado Taps Six All-Stars for Panel Discussion

If you are interested in learning first-hand what it takes to build one of Denver’s biggest and best PR agencies, plan to attend PRSA Colorado’s September luncheon. I am moderating an all-star panel discussion that features six of Denver’s most notable agency leaders:

Send me an email or post a comment if you have a question you would like me to ask any or all of these agency leaders. And don’t be afraid to make them tough – they can take it.

‘Now Revolution’ Author Naslund to Speak in Denver, Boulder

Amber Naslund, nationally known communication and business strategist, vice president of Social Strategy for Radian6 and author of The Now Revolution, will be giving two Colorado presentations: Denver (May 12) and Boulder (May 13).

Naslund’s appearances — her first-ever in Colorado — are being hosted by the Mile High Social Media Club (MHSMC)Metzger AssociatesPRSA Colorado and Redhead Writing.

At each event, Naslund will address the “Seven Shifts To Make Businesses Faster, Smarter & More Social.” Attendees will learn how to:

  • Strip away silos and overgrown business processes and create a culture of NOW;
  • Hire and empower a new type of employee who is adept at pattern recognition, human relations, and immediate analysis;
  • Organize internal teams for maximum external impact, and empower every employee as a marketer, even if they aren’t;
  • Listen at the point of need and answer the social telephone;
  • Travel the “Humanization Highway” and respond effectively and persuasively to customer inquiries;
  • Plan for, find and manage real-time crises; and,
  • Redesign success metrics in a business world that’s increasingly instantaneous.

The cost for the event is $25 ($20 for PRSA members and students with valid student ID). All participants will receive a copy of Naslund’s book The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social.

South Metro Chamber Sponsors ‘B.I.G. Day’

The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce is inviting Denver public relations practitioners and agencies to join Conversation Starters’ Brian Olson at its B.I.G. (Be Involved, Give) Day on Saturday April 16. The SMDCOC needs 500 volunteers to spend the morning working with non-profits on everything from spring cleaning at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado to getting the Botanic Gardens spruced up for the season.

DPC to Honor Anna Quindlen with Damon Runyon Award

The Denver Press Club has named Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen as the recipient of the 17th Annual Damon Runyon Award. Quindlen will accept the award at a banquet in her honor on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

“Anna Quindlen exemplifies the high standards of journalism and of writing that the Runyon Award is meant to honor,” DPC President Bruce Goldberg said. “We are looking forward to hearing what she has to say about both her career and about journalism on April 29.”

Previous winners include P.J. O’Rourke, Tim Russert, Bob Costas, George Will, Ed Bradley, Maureen Dowd, Ted Turner, Herb Caen, Molly Ivins, Mike Royko and Jimmy Breslin.

‘9/11 Freedom Rally’ Seeks Pro Bono Support

The 9/11 Freedom Rally is looking for pro bono support to help it with messaging and media outreach. The group is a nonprofit organization that is trying “to reclaim the date of September 11 each year as a time of honoring and helping instead of just mourning.” Sponsors include Best Buy, Harley-Davidson, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and American Family Insurance, among others. Email the planning committee or Randy Blauvelt if you are interested.

PitchEngine Founder/CEO to Headline Next ‘Social Media Breakfast’

PitchEngine founder and CEO Jason Kintzler will discuss how businesses can expand beyond the traditional news release to a true Social Media Release at Metzger Associates’ next Social Media Breakfast. Kintzler is a former journalist turned PR guy who founded PitchEngine in 2008, and last year more than 100,000 pitches were shared by 30,000 organizations looking to get the word out to journalists, bloggers, consumers and other influencers. Details:

Social Media Breakfast
Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:45 a.m.
Metzger Associates
5733 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301

RSVP to Lisa Metzger at 720.833.5920 or via email.

PRSA Colorado 2011 Gold Pick Awards Dinner and Ceremony

PRSA Colorado has scheduled its annual Gold Pick Awards Dinner and Ceremony for Thursday, May 5, 2011. Download the 2011 Call for Entries form to enter a public relations program or campaign for one of the 49 award categories.

Early entry deadline:
February 25, 2011 – Noon

Late entry deadline:
March 5, 2011 – 4 p.m.

Special Awards deadline:
March 25, 2011 – 4 p.m.

The PRSA Colorado Chapter Gold Pick awards program is aligned with the PRSA Silver Anvil awards program. Visit http://www.prsa.org/awards/silveranvil for complete details on the national awards.


DPC Hosts Internationally Syndicated Cartoonist

Desperate for a laugh after a few days of subzero temperatures? Check out internationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Press Club. Rubin, the artist behind the cartoon Rubes, will discuss “maintaining creativity and staying inspired — all while having to meet the daily deadline that creating a daily cartoon demands. Of course, because it’s a cartoon program, he uses many visuals.”

The program is free, and a pre-program dinner at the Denver Press Club is $10.

Philosophy Promotes ADCD Paper Fashion Show

Philosophy Communication is promoting the Art Directors Club of Denver’s Paper Fashion Show for the second year in a row. Last year, Philosophy’s work led to double attendance with more than 600 paper patrons, a 35 percent increase in event sponsorship dollars, and a 100 percent increase in design teams.

Designers, art directors, marketers, advertisers, communication professionals and fashion enthusiasts who are interested in participating should register by February 18, 2011.

PRSA Colorado Luncheon Features eBay’s Skyberg

eBay’s Rolf Skyberg is the featured speaker at this month’s PRSA Colorado luncheon, where he will discuss how to control the destiny of your campaigns – and your business – by mastering the elusive patterns of growth and decline. Some of the topics Rolf will cover include:

  • How to tell the difference between a fad and a trend
  • When to respond quickly and when to simply “keep calm and carry on”
  • What to do when the hype dies down
  • How not to get bitten in your career
  • How to get the most out of your team

The details are:

Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
$35 for PRSA Colorado chapter members; $49 for guests and $30 for students

Trippe & Co. Sponsoring Brand-Building Seminar

Trippe & Company is teaming up with the Arvada Chamber of Commerce to conduct a seminar to help business professionals create personal brands. “What is a Personal Brand and How Can It Move Me Forward?” will be held on Nov. 18 from 2:00-4:00 at Bread Winners, located at 7311 Grandview Avenue in Olde Town Arvada. The cost is $25 per person. To register, email  info@trippecompany.com or call 970-389-3672.

Trippe & Co. Offering Internet Marketing Seminar

Trippe & Company is teaming with the Arvada Chamber of Commerce to conduct an Internet marketing seminar titled “Adwords, Facebook, Twitter and Blogs – What Is Internet Marketing and Which of These Tools Work Best for My Business?” The details are:

Thursday, September 23 from 2:00-3:30
Bread Winners, 7311 Grandview Avenue in Olde Town Arvada
Cost: $10 per person
Register by emailing info@trippecompany.com or calling the ACC at 303-424-0313.

The Importance of Maintaining Integrity in a Crisis

PRSA Colorado is hosting an all-star panel to discuss how can you keep your personal and professional integrity during a crisis situation while also keeping your company or client happy. Panelists include PRSA National Chair and CEO Gary McCormick and PRSA Colorado’s newest inductees to the College of Fellows – Sydney Ayers, Jane Dvorak and Jeff Julin.

The Importance of Maintaining Integrity in a Crisis
Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m.
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

Click here to register (deadline is noon today).

Ignite Boulder Tonight

Ignite Boulder 12 is tonight. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7. Tickets are a mere $10, and the speakers are:

Amy C. Christensen @expandoutdoors Stripping down on Kaua’i
Jeremy Tanner @penguin On Travel
Stephanie Lee Su-Ling @nuancechaser The Rationality of Fear
John Common @johncommon Beautiful Empty
Andrew Hyde @andrewhyde How To Build a Trail
Kendall Ruth @iamkendal Inconceivable or That Word Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means
Jesse Weaver @jweav1 The Independence Day Theory: Why an Alien Visit may be Humanity’s Only Hope for Survival
Mary Kuehner @daisycakes Life Lessons of a Children’s Librarian
Rise Keller @vanillagrrl Baking at High Altitude: It’s All About Atmospheric Pressure
Sam Stauffer @redhead_wilma Take a Chill Pill: Dealing with Anxiety Disorders and other Mental Illnesses
Kate Brown @invinciblekate Lunch Lady Land – Food Activists on the Front Lines of the Childhood Obesity Battle
Danya Michael @theroseinbloom Fairy Tales as Education, or Why It’s OK to Read Harry Potter after High School
Emma Nicoletti @dollemma A Post Apocalyptic Experience without an Apocalypse: Working as a Waitress.
Joel Gratz @gratzo Hire a Meteorologist, Not a Stock Broker.

PRSA Colorado Trivia Night

Have a gift for remembering useless information? Want to test your wits against your fellow marketing and PR professionals? Then Colorado PRSA invites you to Trivia Night on Wed., Sept. 1.

Colorado PRSA Trivia Night
Scruffy Murphy’s, 2030 Larimer St., Denver
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
5:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking
6 p.m. – Trivia Begins – Don’t be late!

Click here to register. PRSA will pair up individuals that evening, and teams can have a maximum of six players. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Last-place team will be required to pay Paula Berg’s bar tab.

Free PR Help for Colorado Nonprofits

Do you know a nonprofit that is looking for guidance on PR campaigns, traditional and social media, crisis communications and other communications issues? Let them know about PRSA Colorado’s annual PR Boost event on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

PR Boost brings together experienced public relations practitioners with local nonprofits to provide PR counsel and guidance specific to your nonprofit organization’s communications needs.  Each attending nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual counseling sessions.

Click here to learn more or register.

PRSA Colorado Soliciting Non-profits that Need a ‘PR Boost’

Do you know a nonprofit leader whose public relations efforts need a boost? If so, let them know about PRSA Colorado’s 2010 PR Boost on Wed., August 18, which connects non-profits and PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance specific to the organization’s communications needs. Each nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual sessions. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and free event parking.

PRSA Colorado Sponsors Mentoring Event

PRSA Colorado is hosting a free (that’s right, Ef Rodriguez, FREE) mentorship event on Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St. in Denver). The event will include:

  • Extended happy hour and complimentary appetizers
  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with potential mentors/mentorees in an organic setting

According to PRSA, “A recent PR Tactics article found the most valuable mentor relationships evolve through everyday work interactions and civic and volunteer activities. We’re bridging the two and providing the resources and a fun environment for all PR pros, young and old, to nurture meaningful relationships and possibly, life-long friendships.” RSVP to Erin Collins.

What Is, “The Denver Press Club’s Jeopardy Night?’

I have a feeling it will end up more like Saturday Night Live’s version than Alex Trebek’s, but see for yourself this Thursday at 6 p.m. when I join the Denver Post’s Dan Haley, 9News’ Kirk Montgomery, PBS’s Cynthia Hessin, the Denver Business Journal’s Wayne Hicks and Pushkin PR’s Jon Pushkin, among others, at the Denver Press Club’s annual “Jeopardy Night.” The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to attend and heckle last year’s winner, Dan Haley.

PRSA Luncheon to Focus on Community Partnerships

Creative Strategies Group’s Bruce Erley will discuss how to “create compelling storytelling opportunities for event sponsorships and community partnership initiatives that align with your organization’s strategic objectives” at PRSA Colorado’s June luncheon:

“Bring Strategic Sponsorships and Community Partnerships to Life through PR”
11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202)

Click here to register.

Cactus Sponsors 2nd Annual “Bike from Work Bash”

Time to break out the spandex – Cactus is celebrating “Bike to Work Day 2010” with its second annual Bike from Work Bash on Wednesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. The Cactus soiree will feature “free beer from Breckenridge Brewery, wine from The Infinite Monkey Theorem, complimentary burritos from Illegal Pete’s, a bike check-up by Salvagetti’s, BMX stunts by the Yellow Designs Stunt Team, a bike polo demo by the Denver Mallet Mafia, free bike valet by Bike Denver, beats by DJs Pictureplane, poncie lifestyle and §creen§saver§ and live music by Zach Heckendorf.”

Click here for more information.

The Capitol Steps to Perform Sunday

Had enough of divisive politics? Do you love talk-show radio? Hate it? How’s your health care plan? Been to a tea party lately? The Denver Press Club invites you to laugh your buns off as THE CAPITOL STEPS perform Sunday, May 16, starting at 5 p.m., at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center on the University of Denver campus.

Tickets cost $45.50, and you can purchase them through TicketMaster (add a $6.75 service fee) or The Newman Center Box Office (no service fee), open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All ticket orders must go through TicketMaster or The Newman Center Box Office.

Denver’s ‘ExecConnect’ Names Lieurance as Chairwoman

ExecConnect, an exclusive group of business and community leaders launched by Andy Boian and Dovetail Solutions in 2009, has named Angela Lieurance, vice president of Development and Marketing at University of Colorado Hospital, as chairwoman. The group of local executives, community leaders and business owners has the mission “to harness the energy of the group’s valued relationships and related knowledge to further the prosperity of the Denver community.”

In its first year, ExecConnect has helped launch the Denver Bike Sharing initiative B-Cycle, held its first Distinguished Speaker event with acclaimed national author Brian Bagley, and hosted quarterly roundtables for members to dissect current events and issues.

PRSA Colorado Luncheon to Feature #journchat’s Sarah Evans

Public relations and new media consultant Sarah Evans — the founder of #journchat who is one of Forbes’s 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter — is the speaker at this month’s PRSA Colorado luncheon on Wednesday, April 21.

Evans will share successful ways to create online media relationships and shed light on balancing social media with traditional PR tactics, including:

• What motivates both local and national journalists in the online world.
• How to define online media targets and objectives.
• How to pitch in 140 characters or less.
• Time management tricks to help you manage the growing number of tools at your disposal.

Click here to register or for more information.

PRSA Luncheon: PR in a Digital World

GroundFloor Media VP and Managing Partner Ramonna Tooley will headline PRSA’s monthly luncheon with a presentation titled, “PR in a Digital World: What’s in your Toolbox?” Tooley will present some of the digital PR strategies her team recommends to clients to stay competitive in a digital world and share examples from a variety of industries including nonprofit, food and beverage, and sports and entertainment. Details are:

PR in a Digital World: What’s in your Toolbox?
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MST
The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
PRSA Colorado Members: $35; Students: $28; Non-Members: $49

Click here to learn more or to register.

PRSA Tweetup

PRSA and Linhart are sponsoring a Tweetup on Thursday to welcome new PRSA members. Door prizes include two roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines. Details are:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4
Cru Wine Bar, 1442 Larimer Street (in Larimer Square downtown)

PRSA Colorado Roundtable Features Denver Journalists

PRSA Colorado has lined up more than a dozen Denver journalists for its Media Roundtable next Wednesday, January 20. Among the journalists attending to discuss how they select stories in this new media environment will be the Deuce’s Greg Nieto, Denver Post’s Vikki Migoya, 9News’ TaRhonda Thomas, CBS4’s Gloria Neal and Misty Montano, 850 KOA’s April Zesbaugh and Colorado Biz’s Mike Cote. Click here for more details.

Ticket Deadline for DPC’s ‘Gridiron Show’ Today

Today is the deadline to purchase tickets to the Denver Press Club’s 2009 “Gridiron Show.” Among those who will be on stage are Bruce Goldberg, John Hickenlooper, Bill Owens, Andrew Hudson, Mike Landess, Cynthia Hessin, Reggie Rivers, Neil Westergaard, TaRhonda Thomas, Gregg Moss and Steve Saunders.

The details are:

Denver Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Show
Friday, Oct. 23 (silent auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and entertainment at 7 pm)
Marriott Center City
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Click here to purchase tickets

Tickets Available for Denver Press Club’s ‘2009 Gridiron Dinner’

Come see some of Denver’s biggest names in politics and media, onstage in the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show – a hilarious night of political and cultural satire and songs. The details are:

Denver Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Dinner
Friday, Oct. 23 (silent auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and entertainment at 7 pm)
Marriott Center City
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Click here to purchase tickets

‘The Jens’ to Offer Drinks, PR Advice at the DPC

Dig out your copy of Mr. Boston’s Bar Guide to find the most difficult drink around: Philosophy Communication principals Jennifer Lester and Jennifer Miller will be guest bartenders at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. All tips will benefit HomeAid Colorado, a nonprofit that builds homes for Colorado’s temporarily homeless, and Teaching Humane Existence (T.H.E.), sponsor of The Watch House project, a residential campus facility for repeat sex offenders.

Tickets Available for Denver Press Club’s ‘2009 Gridiron Dinner’

Come see some of Denver’s biggest names in politics and media, onstage in the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show – a hilarious night of political and cultural satire and songs. The details are:

Denver Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Dinner
Friday, Oct. 23 (silent auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and entertainment at 7 pm)
Marriott Center City
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Click here to purchase tickets

MCG Hosting Bra Art Exhibit to Benefit Susan G. Komen

B2B technology marketing strategy and design firm Market Creation Group is showcasing its expanded office by hosting a bra art exhibit to benefit the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The networking event and exhibit will be held in the Art District on Santa Fe from 6-9 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 2) at the MCG studios, 910 Santa Fe Drive, Studios 11 and 12, as part of the district’s First Friday Art Walk.