August 2012

Back to School Means Back to Networking

I had a great last several days of summer. I was fortunate enough to stay flexible with my work schedule while spending a lot of time with my 7-year-old son who was in between summer camp and the start of school. A portion of that time was called “Daddy Camp” and I hope it will be an August tradition.

 

Although you may think all good things must come to an end, I couldn’t be more excited. As my son embarks onto a new adventure to 2nd grade, I get to rev up my networking engines. And I started it last night by attending the Chicago Business Marketing Association (BMA) membership event on a rooftop overlooking a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field.

 

Yes, the Cubs lost, but it was still a great night. Networking with marketing folks energizes me and helps me prioritize my professional thinking and goals. I meet new people and connect with old friends. We catch up, talk, make connections and hopefully walk away with that something extra that can help us take the next step in our professional lives.

 

Whether it’s BMA, an alumni association or any other formal or informal group, back to school means back to networking. Take advantage of the buzz in the air and make it work for you.

 

P.S. I’m biased, but the Chicago BMA is the best place to do marketing networking in the city. Check out www.bmachicago.org for a schedule of events.

Bringing the Olympic Marketing Story to You

EVENT ALERT: Chicago BMA. Come help share and carry on the Olympic spirit with Lisa Baird, Chief Marketing Officer of the US Olympic Committee, September 13th at the BMA Marketing Innovators Luncheon in Chicago! Make sure to register today for what is sure to be a sellout event!

 

 

 

Bringing the Olympic Marketing Story to You

A promotional commercial for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

Archive footage used from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 

Voice over used from reading of Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blu…

 

Standing as one of the most iconic, historical, and influential events in the world, the Olympic Games are something that bring the world together not only for our love of competition, but also with aspiration and hope. The Olympic Games are something that truly transcends sport; it stands for hope and tolerance, while bringing people with different stories and backgrounds together from all over the world, and giving small, unknown countries a chance in the big world.

 

As billions of people sat around their television to watch the opening ceremony, the Olympic Spirit was brought to life, shared and felt worldwide. The spirit of community, pride, love and hope is something that has resonated within each and every one of us for the past two weeks as we anxiously watched each country fight through the blood, sweat and tears for the chance to wear that gold medal around their neck.

 

The most wonderful aspect of any Games is in the ‘spirit’ that is ignited throughout the world and the stories of those who participate. The ability of these emotional, heartfelt stories to have such a profound impact on us just goes to show how powerful telling a story can be.