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.

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Sept. 4: Joe Jimenez on Crisis Communication

Our guest speaker for the September 4 OCG meeting is Joe Jimenez, public affairs officer for the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology at JBLM.

Joe shares new insights on a familiar topic. Disasters and their smaller cousins, crises, have predictable patterns. Knowing the patterns can improve your chances of leading the coverage instead of being led around.

Learn what you can do to help stave off disaster at our session, Wednesday, September 4, Noon-1:00, at the Association of Washington School Principals, 1021 8th Avenue (8th and Eastside), Olympia.

Don’t forget your business cards!