Speaking and Listening: The Year of Multi-dimensionality

My roles as a freelance writer, marketer and strategist often overlap with my civic responsibilities, my community connections and my ever-growing list of friends. So people don’t know what I do, or necessarily why I do it.

I’m a multidimensional person and my goal this year is to try to embrace that. My personal interests and my work and my commitment to my community all overlap, which means that I learn useful things for my career even when I’m not paying or being paid, and I learn relevant information for my personal life from things that are meant to be professionally focused. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to integrate all of these components.

In the past year, I’ve spoken at these events professionally, as a publicity professional, journalist and career mentor:

July 2018 and 2019 The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership High School Leaders Program: I presented about Building Your Professional Presence, including resume writing, job interviews, career planning and networking.

March 2018 and 2019 The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Candidate Training Program: I presented about Media Landscape as it related to political campaigns, including media relations and planning, pitching, being interviewed and how to handle different types of media outlets. In addition, I presented on Crisis Communications management.

January 2018 Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance: I shared Getting Positive Press for small business owners, from the my professional experience but also as the editor of The Local Scoop magazine.

These are personal commitments for me, making the world better by talking about things that matter to us:

January-February 2019 Our Whole Lives Co-facilitator for a 7 week discussion group and class for adults 25-55 about adult sexuality.

May 2019 short talk “From the Heart: The Risks of Motherhood”

July 2019 sermon The Courage to Show Up

These are events I’ve attended, with the majority being in my sweet spot of health and civic life:

  • Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Conference: the national health care leader in incorporating empathy and high touch patient experience into high tech health care

  • Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Summit: discussions about health care trends specific to Virginia and its health care providers

  • Our Whole Lives training: intensive three day training on facilitation and content best practices

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: annual conference for this funder of innovative, responsive health care research

  • Virginia Library Association Conference: librarians from all over the state share best practices, listen to experts and authors and share tips on advocacy. I’m the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the exceptional Williamsburg Regional Library.

  • Virginia Chamber Economic Summit: business leaders come together to listen to government officials, economists and innovators on what’s next for Virginia

  • Virginia Chamber Healthcare Conference: discussions about health care trends specific to Virginia, mainly from economic and employer perspectives

  • World Health Congress: international conference covering myriad health care topics (my cousin JoEllen was speaking!)

  • MASHSMD Annual Conference: the Mid-Atlantic arm of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy, Marketing and Development (I’m on the board.)

  • Network NoVA Women’s Summit: Progressive Virginia Women talking about upcoming 2019 elections, issues such as child care, gerrymandering, voting access and community advocacy…and much more

  • American Evolution: Forum on Representative Democracy: In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first representative government assembly in the New World at Jamestown, this event covered the challenges to representative democracy including technology, nationalism, media, partisanship, apathy and more.

I’m very passionate about health communications, leadership and civic engagement. We should all have a voice in things that matter to us, and accurate information to make decisions about our lives.

If you’d like me to speak at your event or training or attend a conference and report back on it, please let me know.