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Thirty Seconds to Success

What can you do in 30 seconds? It might surprise you how effective a half-minute presentation can be. Join IABC Fort Worth on April 23 to enhance your personal branding and focus on career management and professional development. National Elevator Pitch Champion and professional development coach Chris Westfall will offer tips and techniques.

Time & date: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
Place: Lou’s Place, Texas Wesleyan University, 1112 Wesleyan St.
Cost: members $25, nonmembers $30, students $20; online add $1, walk-ins without a reservation add $5; lunch included
RSVP or RSVP and pay online by noon April 19


Introducing LAMP: Local APR Mentorship Program

Greater Fort Worth PRSA will unveil at the April meeting an APR mentorship program developed exclusively for the chapter. Hear from those who have gone through the accreditation process and from others who have moved past contemplation to commitment. Accreditation is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound personal judgment.

Sandra Brodnicki, APR, and Linda Jacobson, APR, co-chairs of this year’s APR Committee, will lead the program. Jacobson oversees marketing and public relations for a communications and signal engineering firm based in Fort Worth. Brodnicki is president of Brodnicki Public Relations.

Time & date: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
Place: Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth
Cost: chapter members $25, national members $30, nonmembers $35, students $20; walk-ups add $5


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Fame and Glory

Fort Worth SPJ’s trumpeted night of accomplishment and fine food — the 10th annual First Amendment Awards and Scholarship Dinner — will be Friday, April 19, at Cacharel in Arlington. That invitation above is for you.



Two happenings of import at the TCU Schieffer School of Journalism this month, and they’re not just relevant to journalists. “Confront and Conceal” author David Sanger, The New York Times chief Washington correspondent, will discuss his book and sign copies Monday, April 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Moudy Building on the campus. “Confront and Conceal” documents secretive policies fostered by the Obama administration in national security. Although admission is free, an RSVP is requested. Nine days later, Fox News contributor Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard; Charlie Rose, co-host of “CBS This Morning” and “Person to Person” and the host of his own nightly PBS program; CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward; and McClatchy Newspapers Middle East bureau chief Nancy Yousef will front the Ninth Annual Schieffer Symposium on the News at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU alumnus Bob Schieffer, moderator of CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, will again host the symposium. Tickets are $20 and on sale at the Schieffer School. TCU students must RSVP but will be admitted free with ID. Info here or call 817-257-7808. ...

The Writers’ Guild of Texas is both meeting and workshopping in April. Wendi Pierce, English Department chair at TCC Northwest, will introduce blogging as a way for writers to try out ideas, to write more consistently and regularly, and to engage with an audience at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Richardson Civic Center, Huffines Room (location change, April only). At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Richardson Public Library, published author Jaye Wells will compare the process of writing a novel to the classic three-act structure of a story/hero’s journey, and she’ll throw in her “Top Ten List of Stupid Writer Tricks” to make a manuscript shine.

IABC local update: IABC Dallas will feature University of Dallas leadership professor Rosemary Maellaro and her presentation “Emotional Intelligence: At the Intersection of Heart and Head” at the monthly meeting Tuesday, April 16. Info here.

PRSA local update: The second annual Worthy Awards Gala will honor the best in public relations tactics and strategic communications Thursday evening, April 25, at the Fort Worth Club. A 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception precedes seated dinner at 7 and the awards program at 7:30. Tickets are $75 individual, $50 student, $500 table of eight or 10. RSVP at worthyawards.com by April 22.

PRSA local update II: The Dallas Market Center’s Kevin Strawbridge, a successful strategist, marketer and multi-channel entrepreneur, will share his insight on the surge of online commerce and its effect on retail with “showrooming” and marketing initiatives at the Dallas PRSA meeting Thursday, April 11. Info here.