Nov. 7: TVW Field Trip!

The Wednesday, November 7, OCG meeting with be Noon to 1:00 at TVW, 1058 Capitol Way S, Olympia.  OCG member Frank van Gelder, the TVW Director of Corporate Support, will be our host.  Come join us.

Feb. 4: Community Engagement

Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with groups to engage them in conversations about policies and projects that could change their everyday lives. Learn more about community engagement, tools and theories, and application in three case studies through the experience of OCG members Angie Thomson, Cindy Sharpe and Gayla Reese Walsh.  Join us on Wednesday, February 4, Noon-1:00, at the Association of Washington School Principals.

Angie Thomson, senior associate at EnviroIssues, has experience in community outreach, public involvement and facilitation. She works closely with clients and stakeholders to develop communications strategies and translate technical information a form understandable by the public. She finds creative solutions to complicated problems.

Cindy Sharpe, owner of Sharpe Public Relations, offers strategic planning, media training, crisis communications, and community relations and public engagement. Her expertise also includes event planning, executive and management meeting facilitation, public relations and marketing writing. Her public and private sector clients range from transportation agencies to health care and tourism industries.

Gayla Reese Walsh, communications manager for the Washington Department of Transportation, leads community engagement, media relations, communications, and strategy for the Rail Division. Her communications and marketing experience includes the Washington Department of Ecology, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and consulting firms with engineering, planning, surveying and environmental services.

Mar. 5: When the Media Calls, Are You Prepared?

Are your organization’s executives or CEO ready for the media during times of crisis? Do they feel apprehensive when a journalist calls? Do they understand how the media operates?

According to Cindy Sharpe, president of Sharpe Public Relations, sometimes calling a media trainer can help an organization and its executives prepare for a crisis, develop a crisis media protocol, or just feel better about conducting an interview.

Join us on March 5, Noon-1:00, to hear Cindy talk about the purpose of media training and its process. She’ll also give a few tips on how to maintain control during the most dreaded media encounter: the ambush.

OCG meets at the Association of Washington School Principals in Olympia.