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Women’s Conference of Florida Recap

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We attended the Women’s Conference of Florida this fall – what an incredible experience. We walked into the Marriot Waterside Hotel on a bright and sunny Thursday morning, full of anticipation. As we walked through registration we saw other faces full of excitement, anticipation, hope. And boy, we were not disappointed.

The first presentation was given by Nely Galan, author, real estate mogul, founder of the Adelante Movement, and former President of Telemundo. What a great way to kick off the conference! Nely was full of energy and inspiration, her stories were riveting, and she sent a wave through the crowd that made us all want to leave that room and do amazing things. She started her story with her childhood, when her family immigrated to the United States from Cuba. She ended up in a strange school, strange neighborhood, and they all had to learn a new language. She told of her and her family’s struggles, but through each and every obstacle, she was able to make the most of the situation and create positives out of negatives – EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Galan was so vivacious in her story-telling, so funny and sincere – she really wants other women to succeed and listening to her story is a step in that direction. Each attendee received a copy of her book, “Self-Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way,” which we will review when we’re done reading! The title is fairly self-explanatory, and as a sneak preview, Nely recounts the story of her childhood and rise to real-estate moguldum and self-made woman. Her motto, “buy real estate, not shoes,” is wise advice, one that we can all learn from. As she told story after story, this kept coming up; she also reminded us that everyone has moments of insecurity and “around the corner from my biggest failures are my biggest successes.”

Another stand-out presenter was Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer of LEVO. She talked about “dropping the ball” as a positive, in the sense that if you let yourself drop the ball on certain things, you can excel in others. In other words, you have to figure out what is most important for you and focus your energies on those things. For example, sometimes you have to leave the dirty laundry for another day when you have a tight deadline to meet on a project, or you may be forced to order pizza for family dinner instead of that super healthy home cooked meal if you really need to squeeze in a workout. She also recommends learning to ask for help. Many super women try to take on all the heavy lifting without asking partners or friends for help. Stop this! Tiffany’s final point is that when we do things like this, we should own it, not feel guilty, not beat ourselves up. No one is perfect. If you’re going to try to “do it all” and be Wonder Woman, you will have to accept the occasional slip up or assistance. And when it comes to ordering pizza for family dinner instead of that healthy, vegetable heavy meal, you know no one else is complaining!

There were many other incredible women presenting during the conference, each one with a unique story of their rise to leadership, fortune, and in some cases, fame. Our takeaways – if you see a women’s conference or presentation, sign up for it – it will inspire you. Women are powerful, stop doubting yourself. Hard work pays off. Do something every day to achieve your goals. Rid yourself of guilt and go conquer the world!

Devereux Selected to Leadership St. Pete Class of 2018

nikki devereuxPinstripe Marketing is pleased to announce that senior project manager Nikki Devereux was named one of the 40 professionals selected for the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2018. The class was introduced at the LSP Alumni Association holiday social on December 6th. Leadership St. Pete is one of the oldest leadership programs in America and its six-month experience is designed to be an intensive interactive program that promotes leadership in the St. Petersburg community. Alumni include Governor Charlie Crist, Mayor Rick Baker, Dr. Vivian Fueyo, Dean of the USFSP College of Education, Luke Williams, Assistant Chief of the St. Petersburg Police Department, and many more leaders throughout St. Pete.

Devereux holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from City University of New York City College. She is also a freelance photographer and fine artist.

For additional information about Leadership St. Pete, visit www.stpete.com/lsp.html.

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Et Cultura Festival – Interactive Sessions, Music, Art, Film, Craft

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Et Cultura Festival wrapped up last week, and we wanted to share just a few of the interesting things we saw and experienced over the five-day festival’s myriad activities. It was definitely a whirlwind week and since we do public relations for the festival, the few weeks before were pretty hectic as well, but we had a great time and we’re already looking forward to next year.

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Some of the highlights that we were able to catch:

SEEDS interactive sessions at the Morean Center for Clay were phenomenal. There were several presentations throughout the day, all related to gardening, plant-based diet, sustainable living. It was incredibly interesting and enlightening, plus some of the presentations were interactive. One presenter, Kim Campbell, Director of Recipe Development and Culinary Education for PlantPure, Inc., even did a recipe demonstration where she prepared 3 giant pressure cookers full of Ethiopian butternut squash and lentils with brown rice. She made enough to go around the entire room, and the whole room smelled incredible. Not only that, the dish tasted amazing, so we are definitely going to try making some recipes like this in the future.

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Another highlight of the SEEDS interactive sessions included live gardening demonstrations by some of St. Pete’s local farmers, which sparked some of the Pinstripe family to go home and start gardens. The weather was perfect and the crowd was thick for these sessions, which means a lot of people are interested in growing food.

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A panel discussion called “Prescribing Food as Medicine” provided some fascinating insights into how diet directly affects physical health and illness. One fascinating case in particular was a diabetic patient who was very sick changed their diet to plant-based and no longer had to use insulin. Other panelists discussed the affects of diet on heart disease, obesity, and even cancer.

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Lots of interested folks at the SEEDS interactive sessions all day long.

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The Future City interactive sessions at Station House featured a wide variety of topics focused on economic development, supporting local businesses, affordable housing, social justice and more.

Small Is Big discussed the importance of championing locally owned and operated businesses and using entrepreneurs, citizen volunteers, events and artists for community development as well as an economic driver.

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What Is “Affordable” Housing These Days? featured speakers representing the city, developers, the tiny house movement and others. The discussion highlighted the needs for a variety of places to call home that we can afford and want to live in as our city grows, continues to attract young talent, and needs to support a service-oriented workforce and address the changing needs of an aging population.

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Perhaps the most interesting discussion on Thursday was Inclusive Cities featuring social justice advocate, Weldon Angelos. The panel discussed ideas for building a more equitable system in our community and beyond for citizens who break the law, serve their time, and want to re-enter society. Weldon Angelos story is fascinating and infuriating. He was sentenced a mandatory 55 years in prison for selling a few pounds of marijuana while possessing a firearm – a sentence so extreme that his judge, unable to go below the mandatory minimum, called on the president to commute Weldon’s sentence. Barring such a presidential commutation, taxpayers would spend more than $1.5 million to keep Weldon behind bars until he was 80 years old. Weldon’s sentencing provoked unprecedented public outcry. Twenty-nine former judges and prosecutors filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief beseeching Weldon’s sentencing judge to declare the sentence unconstitutional. At sentencing, Judge Paul G. Cassell called Weldon’s punishment “unjust, cruel, and even irrational,” comparing it to much shorter federal sentences given to repeat child rapists and airplane hijackers. Judge Cassell wrote a 67-page opinion urging President Bush to commute Weldon’s sentence to 18 years or less. Unfortunately, none of these efforts proved fruitful until recently, when President Obama commuted his sentence– after Weldon served 13 years in prison.

You can see more of Weldon’s story here:

On Friday we were fortunate enough to join a group of educators for the RADICAL SCHOOLS interactive sessions. The keynote speaker was Geoffrey Canada, who flew down from Harlem, New York City to discuss his work with the Harlem Children’s Zone and the philosophy of his educational approach. He and his colleagues seek to change the lives of inner-city kids, prevent youth violence and foster community development through education reform. The model encourages educators to meet students where they are and use their own interests and needs to create active participation in their education and future.

One really cool element of the RADICAL SCHOOLS interactive sessions was a portable skate and BMX half pipe. They set it up right in the middle of 2nd St between 1St Ave and Central in downtown St. Pete, closed off that street, and had professional BMX riders and skateboarders doing tricks. It was definitely a good way to get every kid’s attention, and a huge crowd of both children and adults gathered to see the talented athletes doing cool tricks and defying gravity.

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Of course, we also caught a few of the concerts, films, art shows and the makers market – Et Cultura is a week of what is best in St. Pete!

Our public relations efforts for Et Cultura included media relations and leveraging our relationships with local television stations to book morning shows for Et Cultura founders and other interesting interviewees. It’s a win-win situation, as the hosts get to meet great people who are making cool things happen in our community, and our clients have the opportunity to discuss their events and draw more attendance to their events on television shows with thousands of viewers across the Tampa Bay area. Next time you have an event or news-worthy business happening, get in touch with Pinstripe and we can help you get the word out to our community, both in television and in print.

Et Cultura Festival Wrap-Up

et-cultura-wrap-up_newsAbout a month ago the first inaugural Et Cultura Festival took place. The festival was the culmination of four creative minds, a city in the midst of tremendous cultural growth, and a collective of people from a myriad of spaces, from technology to politics to art to education to craft brewing. The timing, it seemed, was perfect. The City of St. Petersburg was ready for this.

Lea Umberger, one of the 4 founders of Et Cultura Festival, at Station House St. Pete.

Lea Umberger, one of the 4 founders of Et Cultura Festival, at Station House St. Pete.

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Colin Lyman, one of the four founders of Et Cultura Festival.

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Joel Malizia and David Allison, two of the founders of Et Cultura.

Pinstripe Marketing got involved back in June when we met Joel Malizia, one of the founders of Et Cultura. We invited Joel into our office to chat and he captivated us with the promise of Et Cultura – our creative souls could not resist a festival full of art, music, film, and interactive. We decided to sponsor the festival in a big way – by doing pubic relations and media relations in the months leading up to and during the festival. So it began. Wrapped up in the whirlwind, we were in awe as excitement built around the festival. It seemed as if everyone we knew had heard of Et Cultura, either from us or someone else. We were a part of something big in a city we are proud to call home, something that, deep down under, we all knew was coming.

We also saw some great connections and decided to get some of our clients involved. Shorecrest Preparatory School sponsored part of Et Kidtura, a section of the festival just for kids. Our friends at ADM Two, a trade show fabrication and design firm, sponsored many of the beautiful banners and signs for the festival.

We attended as many as the interactive sessions as we could, and were wowed by the local and national presenters that stood before us and discussed their experiences and thoughts on technology in design, entrepreneurship, and even art. The final keynote speaker was South By Southwest’s own Catlin Whitington. After his presentation a panel discussion erupted about how to keep the momentum of Et Cultura going, to make it a signature of St. Pete.

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Panelists for the Metathesis St. Pete discussion after SXSW keynote speaker Catlin Whitington’s presentation.

The art and music started on Friday with a graphic design exhibition curated by HYPE Group and held in the beer garden at Green Bench Brewery. DJ Sugarbear was spinning soul music that had us all grooving, and in general it was a great atmosphere. The four Et Cultura founders, Lea Umberger, Joel Malizia, Colin Lyman, and David Allison had their official ribbon cutting ceremony right there by the artwork, and later we all headed down to see local band, The Hip Abduction.

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The four Et Cultura founders cut the ribbon at the graphic design show.

Saturday’s art exhibition, Heroes and Villains, was curated by Black Amethyst Gallery and featured dozens of local artists of many different mediums depicting their own versions of heroes and villains from literature and film. The makers festival took place as well, so there was plenty to see and do. A spectacular projection mapping display was held every hour along with music on two stages and several films being screened. It was an action packed weekend.

We are so glad to have met Joel on that day in June and to have been able to participate on the ground floor of this festival. We worked with our media contacts to connect the founders with the Tampa Bay Times, Daytime Television, and several other local news outlets who showed an interest in Et Cultura. We are certain that this interest will only build as the founders build their list of featured presenters, artists, musicians, and filmmakers. We can’t wait to see what Et Cultura has in store for our city next year!

View some of the articles and news clips from Et Cultura:

Tampa Bay TimesLineup for inaugural Et Cultura festival announced

St. Pete Patch: Shorecrest Welcomes Et Cultura: A Festival of Creative Culture

WTSP 10 News: New Et Cultura festival to celebrate St. Pete culture

Creative Loafing: Photos from Et Cultura over the weekend

Daytime Television: Et Cultura Festival Brings Art, Music, Film, Makers, and More to St. Pete

Green Bench Monthly: Et Cultura Festival Showcases Vibrant St. Pete Art, Film And Technology

 

Building a Reputation Through Volunteering

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“Oh! I know Ginger!” My team often hears that phrase while talking with people at events around Tampa Bay. When the topic of work comes up and they mention Pinstripe Marketing, they frequently get that response. Years ago, after hearing dozens of those exclamations, our former creative director joked, “Geez, we should have buttons!” A project manager agreed and they decided to arm themselves with a response of their own at the next event. It caught on. Although silly, people would actually wear the buttons, causing others to say “I know Ginger; where’s my button?” or “Who is Ginger? I want a button.”

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I am what many would consider “a habitual joiner.” Perhaps suffering from a severe case of FOMO, I wanted to be involved in everything – professional associations, business organizations, non-profit boards – wherever I could surround myself with people (typical ENFP) and give back to my industry and community. By being involved and serving on boards, I had the opportunity to illustrate my work ethic, organization, communication and marketing skills, and (hopefully) that I was friendly and easy to work with.

Through the relationships I’ve built volunteering, I have met some of my very best friends, business colleagues, and, most importantly for my business, clients. In fact, I can directly trace a significant portion of the agency’s annual revenue to connections made from my volunteer work.

Just recently, we landed a new client in a fast-growing segment of the GPS technology industry. When I asked the vice president of operations how they initially heard about us, he said, “I sent a query out to my circle of trusted associates and your name came back twice.” Similarly, when meeting with a local law firm that week, I asked the same question. The marketing director said, “I asked a group of legal administrators and you were recommended seven times!”

While most professional services firms attribute more than 70% of their business to referrals, I know our involvement in the community is responsible for even more. How do I know? Because we have rarely proactively pursued a client.

However, now is the time to leverage that reputation and implement a business development campaign to strategically target new clients. We’re looking forward to growing the business and building relationships with new clients who will ultimately make new referrals.

I understand that we’re all busy, and over the last several years, I have become more selective about where I spend my time. It’s important to identify what organizations will provide what you’re seeking – more knowledge, more connections, or more passion for a cause. Getting involved and serving in trade associations or volunteer organizations is an excellent way to build a network, particularly for introverts who may cringe at the thought of attending a big networking event or non-profit fundraiser. The idea of “working a room” is unappealing to most, but getting to know a small group of like-minded individuals working toward a common mission creates bonds that last.

I wrote this article because we have been planning for 2017 and analyzing many aspects of our business. This year especially, my involvement in the community has really paid off. So whether you are making resolutions or just looking to approach business development from a different perspective, hopefully this is a good reminder. We always recommend to our clients to stay heavily involved in trade associations and the community – for many reasons. Best of luck capturing more of an audience for your business in the new year!

Oh, and let me know if you want a button. 🙂

 

Below are some resources for getting involved and building your own reputation.

Find a Trade Association

Networking for Introverts

Fundamentals of Serving on a Board

 

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