Monthly networking / professional enrichment programs of The Communicators Club are currently being formulated for our 2016-17 program year. We strive to focus monthly networking sessions and speakers on topics to engage and expand the knowledge of area professionals working in all aspects of communications.
Our after-work networking events are topic-based, combining traditional networking with tips, how-tos and shared experiences from both members and special guests with relevant expertise. Our luncheon guest speakers are experts, authors, and media personalities. They’re informative, intriguing, and entertaining. And the audience — our members and guests — creates the buzz that helps bring communications pros back together, month after month, to take advantage of informal networking and immediately useful professional education, all at the same time.p Next:
Our 2016-17 events:
Preparedness Never Rests: Behind the Scenes at MEMA
Sept. 13, 2016 / lunch-hour speaker
Chris Besse, who handles public information and social media for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency told us what MEMA does before, during, and after emergencies and disasters and his role in disseminating public information. He revealed the inter-agency coordination necessary in accurate messaging as well as crisis communications lessons and strategies during disasters.
A Power-packed Panel: Pitching to the Media
Oct. 11, 2016 lunch-hour event
5 Top Editors from Top Central Mass Outlets
shared best practices to get publicity on the internet, TV, radio and news pages. These key news decision-makers shared aspects that are generally fruitful and some applicable to their particular media, agreeing that their deluge of emails does not deter them from responding to a good story well promoted. Panelists were
Andy Lacombe of Charter TV’s Worcester News Tonight, Worcester Magazine Editor Walter Bird Jr., David P. Nordman, assistant managing editor/new media at the Telegram & Gazette, Brad Kane, editor of Worcester Business Journal and Hank Stolz, WCRN radio news.
Watch a video of this presentation »
Speed Mentoring & Networking: Career-building Insights
Nov. 15, 2016 / After-Work Event
Students and professionals networked and circulated among communications experts in several disciplines using the “speed dating” format. Stations at El Basha included Internet Marketing, Social Media, Video, Web Design and Content, Higher Ed Communications, Nonprofit Communications, Health Care Communications, Multi-platform Journalism, Events Promotion, Landing Your Communications Job.
This event was sponsored in part by Pagio Publishing and Pulse Magazine.
2016 Holiday Social & Food Drive
Dec. 13 / Evening Event
At the hibachi tables of 7 Nana on Shrewsbury Street, we had lots to chatter about amid the flaming artistry of the chefs and our own conversation to fan the flames. Communications Trivia was a humbling but educational experience for the teams who played.
Per tradition, we took in food and monetary donations to the Worcester County Food Bank.
Worcester’s Canal District: Visions and Revisions
January 10, 2017 Luncheon
Partaking of the fare at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, we virtually marinated in the rolling story of the Canal District with speaker Allen Fletcher, one of the earliest visionaries to help bring about the current transformation into a mixed-used urban neighborhood brimming with vitality. A fascinating treat for any communicator wanting to “know the territory.”
Falling in Love With Visuals: PowerPoint and Cellphone Video
February 14, 2017 Luncheon
A double-dip Valentine’s Day lunch program at El Basha, Worcester: First, Doug Bonin helped a large turnout at El Basha win the epic battle against complex PowerPoint presentations with his presentation, “Crazy Simple.” Here are some recommended links from Doug, whose TCC presentation will be on video on this website soon.
Then Videographer Jay Barry showed how to quickly produce and edit a cellphone video to post on the web and social media, including a video he put together just for the presentation.
A video of this double program will be on this site in the near future.
Worcester’s Innovation Economy
March 14, 2017
Program with Kevin O’ Sullivan of the Mass Biotech Institute, cancelled due to a snowstorm, to is to be rescheduled in our 2017-18 program lineup.
Behind the Communications Scene at the DA’s Office
April 11, 2017 Luncheon
Tim Connolly, communications director for Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early, has learned about life behind the crime scene tape in more than 10 years on the job. It’s sometimes emotional work to dispassionately dole out what can be said about investigations into life-shattering crimes.
Tim shared some of that along with how he hopped the fence from a long news reporting career, first to statehouse publicity roles and later into the world of crime in Central Massachusetts. It was an eye-opener for him, and us.
The Communicators Club Annual Meeting
May 9, evening event featuring Margery Eagan of WGBH radio
We enjoyed Guest Margery Eagan, co-host of the WGBH “Boston Public Radio” mid-day program and Boston columnist.
This rare Worcester appearance for Ms. Eagan filled us in on a background and love for journalism that informs her work on radio, with plenty of audience questions from an audience attuned to media and politics..
We also honored our scholarship recipient, Isabella Sansone of Nichols College, while presenting her with a $1,000 award for her dynamism and accomplishment as a marketing major.