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Communicators Conference Recap: Shonali Burke

May the Force be With You By Michael Farr “PR has bad PR,” said Shonali Burke, president and chief executive officer of Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. And the solution is to get back to the basics, embrace new technology and leverage the strength of online communities. Burke shared her mother’s story of starting a new […]

If you prefer small groups, try our conversation corners 

Stationed throughout the sixth floor, our conversation corners are the perfect spot to catch up with colleagues you haven’t seen in months (or years). Looking for something quieter? Try our “quiet studio” or head up the stairs to the eighth floor and tuck into one of the leather couches in the lobby of the Nines.

How to: An introvert’s guide to networking

By Julie Williams, APR “Well, that’s easy for you to do, but you’re not an introvert like me,” commented a woman at a networking workshop I taught recently. We were talking about leveraging relationships for mutually beneficial outcomes, a.k.a. networking. Of course, in order to leverage, you need relationships to begin with, which means you need […]

Networking begins at 8 a.m. May 8

Over the last few years at the Communicators Conference, we’ve noticed a trend: Attendees who opted out of participating in a breakout session because they wanted to catch up with friends, clients and colleagues. Now you don’t have to miss a session to get that same level of engagement. Breaks between sessions are still 15 […]

Just added: Dine Arounds!

Stay for dinner Portland is home to some of the best food around, and what better way to continue the conversation you started at the conference than with Northwest cuisine? Sign up for these no-host dinners will be at registration. Restaurants include Urban Farmer, Departure, Imperial, The Picnic House and SouthPark.

Share best practices during roundtable discussions

With hundreds of professionals from around the region, it’d be a shame if the only learning opportunities you receive are the ones from this year’s speakers. That is why this year, we’re offering optional roundtable discussions. Tables will be marked with various topics, from social media to nonprofit communications. Simply pick the one that interests […]

New speaker announced: Kate Jorgensen

Kate Jorgensen joined Travel Oregon as a Project Manager in 2012 and currently oversees Travel Oregon’s digital platforms, including,, the Orb and all other interactive projects for the Integrated Marketing team. A crafter, home canner and IPA connoisseur,  Kate lives in SE Portland with her husband, a talented musician and history buff – […]

Let’s go explore!

Coming in from out of town? Why not stay the weekend? Travel Portland has curated a list of things to do in May for your own Portlandia experience. Or consider one of our customized itineraries. Want something specially crafted for conference attendees? Then you’ll have to wait until you get to the Nines on May 8. Travel Oregon […]

Hallie Janssen joins this year’s speaker lineup

Hallie Janssen oversees B2B and B2C marketing, advertorial content and research for Oregonian Media Group’s publications.  Janssen joined The Oregonian in March 2013 after a 15-year career in digital marketing.  She’s held senior management positions at digital marketing agencies and most recently hails from Columbia Sportswear as their director of ecommerce marketing. In the past, […]