Upcoming Events

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Storytelling for Fundraising

When: Friday October 23rd, 6-7pm PST

Fall is the most important fundraising season for nonprofits to prepare for the upcoming fiscal year. But between the COVID pandemic and the US election this year, it has become harder to fundraise as donor attention has shifted.

In this session, Jordan will introduce how we can utilize storytelling to stand out from countless fundraising events online. Particularly, how to find those stories that encapsulate the work of your organization – which stories highlight different parts of your mission and values, how to tell those stories in a unique and interesting way, and how to incorporate those stories into your fundraising pitches in order to maximize the potential for donations. This event will be moderated by Comm Lead alumna, Raven Davis.

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COVID-19 Consulting Monthly Social Hour

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Communication Leadership Consulting is hosting a monthly social hour for the nonprofit organizations and small businesses in our growing community.

Our goal is to create a space to learn a new skill or useful tool, exchange useful experiences, interact with each other and expand our networks.

Comm Lead consulting will be taking a short break to prepare for the upcoming fall quarter. Thank you for your support, please stay tuned for upcoming events.

We will introduce a few featured organizations that share commonalities and community to share about their business or organization, what type of work they do, and any additional events, fundraising, or opportunities they would like for our community to know.

After these introductions, we will hold a short teach-in to introduce a useful communication resource that we think would be helpful for you to know about. Questions are encouraged as are suggestions for upcoming teach-ins.

Once the teach-in is over, we encourage guests to introduce themselves to the community, what brought them to the event, and ask questions and engage in order to expand our networks, learn about what is happening in our community, and find ways of engaging.

Previous Events

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Content Strategy: A Case Study and Skill Building Conversation

When: Friday August 21st, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

In this event, our speaker Jennifer Davies and our client MCC-Othello will focus on creating a comprehensive communication strategy with a focus on content creation. How can small businesses and community-based organizations create content that actually furthers their goals? Websites, social media and other content production can be a drain on organizational resources, so an intentional communications strategy is essential to avoid wasting energy and time. Does your organization need a website? Do you need a blog? Do you need to be on social media? Do you need to make a video? This event will help you navigate all the communication you feel like you ‘should’ do, and focus on strategic efforts that will advance your short and long term goals. This event will be moderated by Comm Lead alumna Camlia Pechous.

This event has concluded. Read the highlights and watch the recording

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Social Justice: Communications and Movement Building

When: Friday August 14th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

As communication professionals and leaders, we help bring movements to life that inspire change in our communities. In light of COVID-19, and the recent manifestations of systemic police violence in the US, it is important to consider how our voices, the platforms we use, and our engagement provide a just, equitable, and sustainable path forward. Using movement building as a mechanism, we will focus our conversation on the experiences of local media producers, writers, activists, and policy advocates to talk about effective ways of supporting the Black community through communication and community leadership.

This event has concluded. Read the highlights and watch the recording

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Digital Marketing Planning: A Conversation through Case Study

When: Friday July 31st, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

In this event, we will focus on digital media strategy and how to have an effective presence on your chosen social media channels. sharing content on social media can increase engagement, bring traffic back to your website, and help drive greater donations and profit. Learn how to harness the power of social media to achieve organizational goals including increasing brand awareness, adding value to your small business, or reaching new and diverse audiences. We will provide insight into how to plan your social media strategy, create useful and engaging content for multiple audiences, measuring your success, and properly utilizing different social media platforms.

This event has concluded. Read the highlights and watch the recording.  

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Virtual Event Planning: A Skill Building Conversation

When: Friday July 17th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Most events have shifted online due to COVID-19, an issue many organizations we have consulted with face. What strategies can organizations use to successfully plan and host events in a virtual format? In this event moderated by Andrea Lovanhill VP of Marketing and Relations for the Committee for Children, Evelyne Kuo and Mo Herbert will target audiences who want to learn virtual event planning logistics and share some of our personal experiences and tips while organizing an online event such as this one.

This event has concluded. Read the highlights and watch the recording

Mindfulness and Emotional Well-Being in Times of Crisis with Melissa Schwartz

When: May 8th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: As the first guest in our series, Melissa Schwartz will discuss mindfulness and emotional well-being during the COVID crisis. Melissa has a wealth of experience in crisis communication, ranging from working with environmental nonprofits to supporting the Obama administration. She’ll share strategies for staying mindful and well during times of chaos.

Anita Verna Crofts, Associate Director of UW’s Communication Leadership program, will facilitate an interview-style conversation with Melissa.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Thoughtful Brand Communication During a Pandemic with Jay Howard

When: May 15th, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The COVID pandemic has led many organizations to change their marketing and communications efforts — and many of those organizations have adopted similar strategies. Jay Howard teaches “Brand Values and Creativity” in the Communication Leadership program and has extensive experience in branding and communication including working with Microsoft, Apple and Nike. He will share insight into how to make your brand stand out, while communicating creatively and mindfully during this volatile time.

Moderated by Susan MacLaren, UW Comm Lead student, and creative director of our COVID Consultancy. 

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video. 

Enterprise Communication During COVID-19 with Carol Schiller

When: May 22nd, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: When the COVID crisis started to unfold, Carol Schiller, Comm Lead faculty member and founder and CEO of Rumble Marketing, was tapped to lead communications for Medtronic’s IT Rapid Response team. Carol helped guide communications efforts for the multi-billion dollar manufacturer of medical devices, including ventilators, during this volatile time. She can’t share details of the work, but she’ll cover the overall strategic framework behind successful enterprise communications, especially during times of crisis. This event will be in a casual conversation in a happy hour format, moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Nonverbal Communication in the Time of COVID-19 with Valerie Manusov, PhD

When: May 29th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: Dr. Manusov is a professor the UW Department of Communication and a leader in the field of nonverbal communication in. During this event, she’ll discuss picking up nonverbal cues while communicating virtually — as well as in-person. She’ll also discuss social distancing, mindfulness and listening.

Moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Working as a Distributed Team During COVID-19 with Claudia Chang

When: June 5th, 5:30-7:00 pm

What: Claudia Chang is an expert at working with and leading diverse and distributed teams — skills that have become invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Claudia will share strategies for strengthening virtual teams. She’ll discuss adapting our leadership to a virtual environment and anticipating and addressing the communication dynamics in the distributed space.  She’ll also talk about managing collective stress among teams and effective ways to stay in touch.

Moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

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