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Your Career Post-Pandemic: How to Reset, Refocus and Level Up

Your Career Post-Pandemic: How to Reset, Refocus and Level Up

January 7, 2021

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Did your career and professional development take a back seat to the many demands and evolving priorities in 2020? What does the future of work look like for marcom professionals, and how can you adapt – and thrive – in this new environment? Whether you’re trying to land your next gig, expand your network or get serious about professional development in the New Year – join industry veteran and career enthusiast, Bridgette Borst Ombres for a discussion on personal branding and how to get refocused on your career goals.

 

About Amy's Guest: 

Bridgette Borst Ombres is a former TV news reporter turned PR and marketing professional with nearly 15 years’ experience working in communications across agency, corporate and nonprofit. Bridgette has media trained more than 350 spokespeople for organizations around the country and has consulted for brands such as Google, Angry Birds, Vestas, Boy Scouts of America and Earth Day Network.

Bridgette owns The Commsultant, a boutique PR agency specializing in communications planning, thought leadership and media strategy. 

Through the years, Bridgette has worked to place hundreds of students and young professionals in internships and jobs. She is passionate about mentoring and professional development.
 
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bridgette lives with her husband, David and three-year-old daughter, Brielle. 

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

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Navigating the Giving Season

Navigating the Giving Season

November 25, 2020

Leandra Covis hosted by Cyndi Greenglass on WVU Marketing Communications Today

 

The holidays are here and it’s a time of giving. How do marketers plan for this season as they work on fundraising? Leandra Clovis joins us to discuss how she is navigating the giving season in her work as Senior Director, Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and North Florida where she manages the development and implementation of peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.

 

About Cyndi's Guest:

Leandra Clovis has nearly a decade of experience working with national nonprofit organizations, which she brings to her current role as Senior Director of Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the Alzheimer’s Association in Central and North Florida. 

In her current role, she manages the development and implementation of the Central and North Florida Chapter’s peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, including Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day (DIY) and RivAlz football games. As the strategic lead for the team, she manages the overall plan to achieve revenue goals by developing communication plans, creating best practices, and coaching staff. She works cross-departmentally to ensure that goals are met collaboratively. Annually, these three fundraising programs are responsible for nearly $2 million dollars in revenue for the Association. Since 2018, her strategies have helped to increase fundraising revenue for the chapter Walk to End Alzheimer’s program by 14%. She currently sits on the Walk National Leadership Council for the Association helping to draft materials and best practices to guide walks nationwide

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

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Selling Stories in a Digital World

Selling Stories in a Digital World

November 18, 2020

Sukhi Sahni on WVU Marketing Communications Today hosted by Amy teller

 

The use of digital advertising has been on the rise and has seen continuous growth despite these unprecedented times. How do you stand out in a crowded digital space? Storytelling. Join Sukhi Sahni, head of corporate communications at Capital One as she discusses how to sell stories in a digital world.

 

About Amy's Guest:

Sukhi is passionate about reframing relationships between brands and their customers and consumers, prizing purpose, authenticity, poignancy, and connected conversation above all things. She believes that powerful storytelling is at the heart of good communication and draws on her training as a broadcast journalist to extract truths, push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Sukhi deeply values the relationships she’s built and cultivated over the years with journalists, bloggers and influencers - relationships that are core to the storytelling process.

Sukhi brings the energy of new practitioner with the finesse and fearlessness of a veteran to her daily practice. She currently holds the position of Senior Director of
Communications at Capital One and was recently recognized by The Holmes Report a global communications leader through the “Global Innovator 25 Award” and a top woman in PR through the “Top Women in PR Award”.

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

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Marketing for Start-Up Success

Marketing for Start-Up Success

November 15, 2020

Amanda Sains Marketing for Start-Up Success

Amanda Sains is the head of marketing at Joolies Organic Medjool Dates in Venice, CA. She was part of the brand launch at the trade show Natural Products Expo West in 2019 with only packaging prototypes and a stand-out booth design. Now, about a year and a half later this July, the brand is distributed nationally in over 1,500 doors with many different products including Dates and Date Syrups and flavors. Join Amanda as she discusses brand management and her experiences in launching a brand.

About Karen's guest:

Amanda Sains is the Head of Marketing at Joolies Organic Medjool Dates, an organic snack that's changing the date-ing game as we know it, based in sunny Venice, CA.
 
Amanda took part in the launch of the Joolies brand at the trade show Natural Products Expo West in 2019 with only packaging prototypes and a stand-out booth design. Now, about a year and a half later this July, Joolies is distributed nationally in over 1,500 doors with many different products including Dates and Date Syrups and flavors. 
 
Prior to Joolies, Amanda worked as the director of marketing and business development at B’more Organic. She received her B.S. in Journalism and her M.S. IMC from WVU.

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

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Powering the Touchless Economy

Powering the Touchless Economy

November 5, 2020

Rodney Williams, Chief Commercial Officer, LISNR

As COVID-19 propels society into a new digital revolution, the entire world is seeking new ways to create connections and innovate at a distance. The future of a "touchless" or "low-touch" world is becoming increasingly more necessary as we settle into the "new normal." Rodney Williams, COO of LISNR, provides insight into how technology is empowering connection, safeguarding society, and creating new opportunities for business managers and marketers.

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

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Taking product insights to the next level

Taking product insights to the next level

November 2, 2020

Hannah Gordon hosted by Cyndi Greenglass on WVU Marketing Communications Today

 

What is a product insight? How do we find insights? In today’s conversation, Hannah Gordon, product insights analyst for Airbnb, will dive into why product insights matter, how to find insights and when to use them. Hannah will share tips on how she uses insights in her day-to-day at Airbnb to influence stakeholders and build products to delight users and meet business goals.

 

About Cyndi's Guest:

Hannah Gordon is a mixed methods researcher and a ‘14 graduate from WVU’s IMC program. She is also a graduate from WVU’s Reed College of Media. Hannah has a passion for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to recognize trends, develop strategies to achieve business goals, influence stakeholders and build products users love. Hannah is currently a product insights analyst at Airbnb, where her research is focused on driving product and policy improvements. Prior to joining Airbnb, she was a research analyst at JustAnswer, where she took a data-driven approach to solving user problems and reducing overhead business costs. Hannah lives in San Francisco with her husband, who is also a WVU graduate.

 


WVU Marketing Communications Today is presented by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, which offers renowned online master’s degree programs in Marketing Communications.

West Virginia University Marketing Communications 

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