Tech & The District » networking Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 ColorComm Lunch Series Fri, 27 May 2011 18:09:12 +0000 Lauren Wilson Last Thursday Amanda Miller Littlejohn (founder of Mopwater PR) and I hosted a luncheon for women of color in communications at Oya Restaurant  in Washington, DC. The event is called ColorComm and will be a bi-monthly luncheon series during the summer and fall.

Why did we do this? What is the purpose, you may ask?

For some time now, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring women of color in communications together in an intimate setting with the real chance to get to know one another. For me, I kept hearing certain names and seeing certain faces at events that I didn’t know—but whom I wanted to know and wanted to learn from.

I believed that I wasn’t the only one who had a desire to build a stronger network among women of color in communications, and Iast week I was proven correct with 30 women in attendance.
The event is designed to foster mentorship and friendship  through a dialogue on career and professional development.

Some very accomplished and dynamic women were in attendance including: Traci Otey Blunt from RLJ Companies (a producing company for the movie “Jumping the Broom”); Brigitte Johnson, President of the PRSA National Chapter; and Almina Khorakiwala from Walker Marchant Group just to name a few.  Several agencies were represented including women from Edelman, Burson-Marsteller, The Hatcher Group, and others. Additionally, women from the entertainment and media fields were also present.

Tara Jones, my mentor and VP of BET Networks, served as our guest speaker.  Tara is a remarkable woman and she offered tips that apply to anyone who is trying to build and grow their career.

Tara’s Tips:
1)  Don’t ever let anyone get in your head not even yourself. You can conquer anything, you just have   to go for it; don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
2)   As you climb career ladders, reach down and bring someone with you.
3)   Continue to build and strategically manage your networks. Break all your contacts into groups, for example: Mentors, Advocates and Trailblazers.
4) Make time for the things that are important in your personal life. There is no joy in success if there is no one to share it with.

Stay tuned for tips from our next luncheon in July!

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On the Agenda Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:59:22 +0000 Lindsay Campbell September 29, 2009 – PRSA Webinar – Digital Marketing: The Shift of Advertising and the Creative Renaissance

September 29, 2009 – Health 2.0 – Discussing the use of Web 2.0 at the FDA and in local Healthcare

September 29, 2009 – GrowSmartBiz Conference with Wired’s Chris Anderson

September 30, 2009 – DC Media Makers Meetup

September 30, 2009 – Climate Legislation in the U.S. Senate: Will there Be a Bill this Year?  What Will it Look Like?

October 1, 2009 – ZapForum DC: SOA & EA Networking Event

October 8, 2009 – Energy and Natural Resources Hearing

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