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    President’s Message: Upcoming Events, BLF Registration, Sponsorship, and Two Full Moons!

    It’s hard to believe it’s already October and we are officially in the last quarter of 2020. Here at SMPS we’ve got a month filled with opportunities for you to learn, grow, and connect. October is so “happening” that there are even two full moons: tonight’s Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon on Halloween!

    Sponsorship Drive
    The SMPS SFBAC 2021 Sponsorship Drive begins in October. Sponsorship signals your desire to grow your firm and your relationships and support your marketing team’s professional development. Sponsors are highlighted and recognized at SMPS’s programs and networking events, including but not limited to the Educational Programs, Annual Business Meeting, Annual Holiday Party, and Networking Events, to name just a few. This year, we have re-imagined our sponsorship package for more flexibility and to give greater value in a virtual environment. Look out for more details coming soon!

    Build Business 2020
    Registration for Build Business 2020 closes tomorrow, October 2. The reimagined virtual experience offers over 50 sessions and up to 40 CPSM CEUs, and will focus on relevant content to help move you and your firm forward with topics on business continuity and transformation. The full schedule can be found here.

    Motivational Monday (Members Only!)
    On Monday, October 12 we have our next Motivational Monday lunchtime discussion. More details are coming soon, but with World Mental Health Day on October 10 the discussion will involve taking care of your mental well-being. This is especially relevant with everything going on in the world. Please join us.  

    Diversity & Inclusion Workshop (Members Only!)
    On October 21, Kim Pipkin and Kim Thompkins, FSMPS, CPSM will be leading a Diversity & Inclusion Workshop. A members-only interactive event, this workshop is intended to continue the D&I conversation, educate, and ignite change within our Chapter. This is the next event in a series of diversity events planned for the 2020-21 year.

    Senior Business Leaders Forum (Members Only!)
    Open enrollment for our 2021 Senior Business Leaders Forum (BLF) begins October 26. We have three groups: South Bay, East Bay, and San Francisco. BLF is designed for members who are in senior (10+ years) marketing and business development positions who are seeking a peer-based learning experience. These are very popular annual programs and early registration is encouraged.

    Building Successful Leadership Strategies
    On October 29, Katie Miller returns to us for an action filled 90-minute virtual session that will focus on leading successfully through all stages of your career. This event is relevant for all career levels and will cover strategies to grow your leadership skills, build trust in your work relationships, and manage conflict.

    I hope there is something for everyone in our October line-up, but if there are additional programs or resources you would like to see please get in touch. We also have multiple volunteer opportunities available on our various committees if you are interested in getting more involved. Have a great month and hope to “see” you on a Zoom soon!


    Allison Halvorson, CPSM
    Communications Manager, McMillen Jacobs Associates
    [email protected]
    President, SMPS SF Bay Area Chapter


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