Early Registration for PRSA Colorado Retreat Ends Friday

The Second Annual PRSA chapter retreat is Friday, Oct. 16, at the Curtis Hotel. Events include morning sessions for young professionals, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, afternoon workshops covering topics for all types of professionals, an all-day resource fair, and a cocktail and networking reception. The early registration deadline ends Oct. 2. Click here for details.

2009 Denver Gridiron Dinner Set for Oct. 23

What do Mayor Hickenlooper, Reggie Rivers, Cynthia Hessin, Fred Brown, Gregg Moss, Steve Saunders, former Gov. Owens, Bruce Goldberg, Andrew Hudson, Neil Westergaard, Tom Clark and I have in common? If you guessed something to do with the federal investigation into the Denver Players prostitute ring, well, I can neither confirm nor deny that. But I can confirm that we will all be at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show on Friday, Oct. 23.

Click here for more information.

Denver PR Events

PRSA ‘Something to Tweet About’
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Ignite Boulder 6
6 – 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Asian Pacific Development Center Gala featuring Denver author Rick Reilly
6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Click here for details

PRSA Colorado Chapter Retreat Featuring Dana Perino
8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Denver Metro Chamber Hosts ‘Business Excellence Forum’

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “2009 Business Excellence Forum” is Wednesday, August 26. The keynote speaker will be communications expert Dr. Audrey Nelson, and break-out sessions will be:

  • Twitter for Business, led by Melissa Hourigan of Digital Idea Media
  • Leveraging Social Networking, led by Bonnie Griffin Kaake of Innovative Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Social Media 101, led by social media coach Yvette Francino
  • Social Networking Etiquette, led by Kimberly Lucas of Goldstone Partners

Cactus Hosting ‘Bike to Work’ Day Party

In spirit of Bike to Work Day, Cactus is throwing the most eco-friendly after party on the block – the 1st Annual Bike From Work Bash. Enjoy lots of freebies: snacks from Illegal Pete’s, cold spirits from Breckenridge Brewery and live tunes. Word on the street is that there will even be a a Revenge of the Nerds style trike relay and a free bike valet.

When: June 24, 2009; 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Cactus Parking Lot (2128 15th St., Denver)
Cost: FREE

VOCA Sponsoring Women’s Foundation Fundraiser

VOCA PR is sponsoring The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Empowerment Council’s “Fill the Purse Summer Cocktail Party” to increase awareness of girls’ dropout rate in Colorado and raise money to provide sustained funding for the Foundation’s work with girls and critical research and education efforts. The details are:

WFCO Fill the Purse Summer Cocktail Party
Tuesday, May 19 from 5 – 7 pm
Parallel 17 (1600 E 17th Ave., Denver)
Tickets are $30
RSVP at www.fillthepurse.org by May 15

New Denver Ad Club Hosts ‘Connect 2009’

The New Denver Ad Club invites students and entry-level job seekers to connect with Denver’s top marketing industry professionals at Connect 2009.

The economy might be in a funk right now, but the Denver talent market is not. Fresh, new ideas and the exuberant energy of youth abound. Our community of experienced, well-seasoned marketing professionals will offer themselves up to guide, advise and mentor students for an afternoon. Or perhaps a future job, if the chemistry is right. The details are:

The New Denver Ad Club Connect 2009 
Friday, May 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        
Johnson & Wales University
7150 Montview Blvd, Denver
College of Business Foyer

Who should attend
Second semester juniors and graduating seniors looking at careers in marketing, advertising, interactive, graphic design, public relations, account management and planning, media and related fields. Also, agencies and clients looking to help mentor these students with the potential of internships, entry-level jobs or simple advice and guidance.

Click here to learn more. 

Denver Metro Chamber Event Examines Media’s ‘Changing Face’

GBSM’s Steve Silvers, JohnstonWells’ GG Johnston and Denver Post Business Editor Steve McMillan are panelists at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “Gold Program” event titled “Old Media. New Media. The Extraordinarily Changing Face of the Information Age” (I’m betting that neither Steve nor GG were responsible for naming the event). Anyway, the details are:

Thursday, May 28
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Denver Metro Chamber
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor

Event: Denver’s New Media Landscape

PRSA is sponsoring a luncheon next week that will examine Denver’s changing media landscape, and what implications it has for the city generally and public relations professionals specifically. The panel will include: 

  • Jeanette Chavez, managing editor of the Denver Post
  • Darrell Proctor, online content channel manager for Examiner.com, in charge of content for the business and finance, careers and workplace, and gadgets and technology channels
  • David Milstead, former reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, representing InDenverTimes.com
  • Jim Anderson, Colorado Associated Press news editor
  • Sharon Linhart, founder and managing partner of Linhart Public Relations 

If you are interested in attending, the details are:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street
Registration and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register

Q2 PRSA Events

Damon Runyon Award Dinner 
Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
Sports writer, author and Colorado native Rick Reilly will attempt to cheat death by accepting the Denver Press Club’s Damon Runyon award. PRSA members can receive the Denver Press Club member rate when they purchase tickets online at http://www.blacktie-colorado.com

PRSA Western District Conference
April 22-24 in Newport Beach, CA
The conference program, registration, hotel information, and things to do are posted at http://www.westerndistrictconference.com.

2009 Gold Pick Awards
May 7, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Register today for PRSA Colorado’s 2009 Gold Pick Awards. Register before Monday, April 27 to take advantage of early registration prices: http://www.prsacolorado.org/cde.cfm?event=257309.

PRSA Event: Protecting Brand Reputations

PRSA Colorado is a hosting a March 18 lunch event/panel discussion that will examine how public relations has played a prominent role in trying to minimize the loss in consumer confidence during the recent financial and peanut-recall turmoils. Linhart’s Paul Raab will moderate, and the panelists are GolinHarris’ Mitch Head (who works with the U.S. Peanut Board) and Charles Schwab’s Sarah Bulgatz.

More information/registration is available here.

‘Get Connected’ Event to Focus on Delivering Bad News

GroundFloor Media’s inaugural “Get Connected” panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and will focus on communicating difficult news to key audiences during challenging times. Panelists will include Gil Rudawsky, deputy metro business editor of the Rocky Mountain News; Lynn Kimbrough, communications director, Denver District Attorney’s Office; Ken Keymer, former president and CEO of VICORP Restaurants Inc. and former president of Noodles & Company; and Jim D. Leonard of Faegre & Benson. Email GetConnected@groundfloormedia.com to get the details. Space is limited.

PRSA Adds Recession-focused Panel to Member Retreat

PRSA Colorado has added a panel to its Member Retreat titled, “How Do We Survive and Thrive in this Economic Recession.” Targeted at senior-level public relations/communications practitioners, the panel features GroundFloor’s Laura Love, the DBJ’s Scott Bemis, Andrew Hudson, Qwest’s Sheila O’Neill and Steele Street Bank’s Matt Baldner. Registration for the event has technically closed, but if you hurry you can probably still sneak in. Register here.

104 West Sponsors M&A/IPO Luncheon

104 West Partners and the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association are sponsoring a luncheon next Wednesday (Sept. 24) at 11:30 a.m. at the Denver Chophouse and Brewery. The luncheon will feature Kevin Tice and Ed Maguire of Merrill Lynchs Global Technology Investment Banking Group who will discuss the current climate for technology firms in the M&A and IPO markets.

Upcoming PR Events in Denver

  • The Denver Press Club is holding an open house this Friday, May 9.
  • PRSA Colorado is sponsoring PR Boost: Giving Nonprofit PR a Leg Up this Saturday, May 10. Volunteers are still needed.
  • The New Denver Ad Club is sponsoring The 3,000 Faces of Eve: Recognizing the Dynamic Realities of the Female Market on May 13. Women executives from CBS, First Data, CP+B and Thomas Taber & Drazen will “discuss, deliberate, explore and dispute how, why, when and where women are marketed to.” 
  • The Jewish Family Service of Colorado is hosting a luncheon May 13 featuring Frank Deford, who graces the pages of Sports Illustrated and is a contributor to HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

Colorado Communicators Conference — April 10-11

The Colorado Municipal League and DRCOG are sponsoring the two-day Colorado Communicators Conference April 10-11. The conference targets communications professionals (PR, PIOs, etc.) and features speakers such as ARCADIS VP of Corporate Communications Andrew Hudson, former KUSA-TV anchor Ed Sardella and GBSM’s Steven “Steve” Silvers. Cost is $150 (but Silvers promises that your $/PowerPoint Slide ratio will be quite low).

Upcoming Events

  • Flint Whitlock and flack emeritus Terry Barnhart will discuss their new book, “Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book: How Barnstormer and Aviation Pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen Made the Skies Safer for Everyone” at noon this Thursday at the Denver Press Club. 
  • Ex-LeGrand Hart employees are planning a “reunion” at 6 p.m. this Thursday at The Corner Office Bar.
  • The True Spin Conference, which bills itself as bringing together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics runs this Thursday and Friday at the Curtis Hotel downtown.
  • The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are sponsoring the Colorado Business Hall of Fame black-tie dinner at 6 p.m. on February 7 at the Marriott City Center.
  • PRSA and Qwest are sponsoring an event titled “Tackling Tough Hits: Notoriously Anti-PR Journalists Share Breakthrough Pitching Tips” at 11 a.m. on February 14. No word yet on who the journalists are, but the other details are here.

Editors of ‘The Onion’ Coming to Boulder, Denver

Get drunk with the editors of The Onion on your to-do list? Good news! They will be in Denver and Boulder in late January for an audience discussion and book-signing for their latest work, Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth, Seventy-Third Edition. And the Denver event includes a 21+ after party where they are sure to answer the questions you so desperately want to ask (What’s The Onion?, Why don’t you ever use any of the press releases I send you?, Do you mind picking up the tab tonight?, etc.)
Boulder Event 
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.
Old Main building on the University of Colorado Campus
Contact: Jon Bennett at (303) 492-6165 
Denver Event
Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Cafe (co-hosted by The Tattered Cover Bookstore) 
2510 East Colfax Ave. in Denver
Contact: (303) 777-3549
After Party (21+) at Rockbar, 3015 East Colfax Ave. in Denver 

Upcoming Events

“The Fine Art of Small Talk” — Register here to attend the PRSA Colorado event offering a refresher course on “carrying on a simple conversation.” As a side note, are there really people who need this class? And if someone is so inept that they can’t carry on a “simple conversation,” is one class going to help? January 16 at the Curtis Hotel, $45.
“DBJ Book of Lists Awards Luncheon” — Register here to attend the Denver Business Journal’s annual luncheon celebrating its Book of Lists. “Generation Why?” expert Eric Chester keynotes. January 24 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, $70.
“True Spin Conference” —  Register here to attend the conference that brings together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics.” January 31-February 1 at the Curtis Hotel, $350.

True Spin Conference in Denver, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Denver is host to the True Spin Conference, which bills itself as bringing together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics.” The two-day conference takes place at the Curtis Hotel downtown, and presenters include Medea Benjamin, Code Pink; Rashad Robinson, GLAAD; Martin Kearns, Green Media Toolshed; and Lori Dorfman, Berkeley Media Studies Group.