Post By: Minna Jung
For the past few years, I’ve been writing these posts with reflections and take-aways on how the Network conference went during a particular year, based in part on our survey results. Click here, and here for examples. I do this for a number of reasons: first, the conference itself seems to be important to all of us. Despite all of the other opportunities we create for great content offerings and networking, there is nothing that quite matches live, in-person mingling and learning. Second, we listen to your feedback. We take the sum total of your input and we feed them into the conference planning machine and every year, we aim for the highest quality of experience and content.
So what were the themes from this year?
Guest Post: Rebecca Arno
At our recent New Orleans conference, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz said “without community, your sense of isolation can devour you.” Hearing those cautionary words in a ballroom packed full of friends and colleagues, I felt no fear at all. The Communications Network inoculates us against isolation.
This feeling persists three weeks later as I sit alone in my office, reading about Jesse Salazar who joins Daniel Silverman as the two newest members of the Communications Network Board. The volunteers who help the Network thrive are incredibly busy people who have demanding full-time jobs but still find time to steward this organization that gives us so much.
Jesse Salazar, vice president of communications for the Council on Foundations (COF), has been elected to the board of the Communications Network.
Salazar, who joined COF earlier this year, leads the organization’s communications, marketing and digital strategy efforts. Experienced in bipartisan political outreach and coalition building, he had previously served as vice president of Government Relations and Policy for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest Hispanic business association. While there, he helped organize the Inaugural White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum, the Hispanic business community’s immigration reform program, and the organization’s 2012 presidential election efforts.
At our Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Minna Jung, communications director for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, was elected chair of the Communications Network. Jung, who joined the board in 2005, had been serving as the Network’s vice chair since September 2011. In the following post, she shares her thoughts on why it matters to be passionate about doing great communications for good causes.
I’m back in the office after spending most of last week at the Communications Network conference, and the re-entry has been harder than usual, post-conference. I always think the Network conference is a success when I’ve carried away two or three good ideas with me to take to my home practice of strategic communications. But on top of getting those good ideas, this latest conference was one of the best times I can recall EVER having at a conference. The speakers were outstanding, everyone seemed especially energized and eager to connect with each other, and the surrounding atmosphere provided by NOLA was tasty and rich and giddy.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Chris Wolz, president/CEO, Forum One Communications. Follow Chris on Twitter – @cwolz.
“So, what’s gumbo?” Nam-ho Park asked when the steaming bowl was put in front of him the night before the conference. I was a little stunned that my colleague, a certified world traveler, was a gumbo newbie! So I gave him my best explanation of the good things that can go into a gumbo, the importance of okra, how to make a roux, etc. He ate it and really enjoyed it. (We then moved on to the crawfish etouffee, which required another explanation.)
I’ve been thinking about what went into the “gumbo” that was the Communications Network conference this year? What were the juicy morsels that I’ll remember, and tell others about?
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