October SMPS-KC Update Print

President's Report

A Letter From Our President

(Tap tap tap)  Is anyone there?  Is everyone doing ok? Are you looking at the screen, but yearning to be looking at an actual face? Let’s be honest. You might have reached that point of thinking “I can’t handle another virtual event.” I know. I am right there with you.

Our chapter continues to soldier on towards the end of 2020 and the new Board of Directors is busy planning our programming for the rest of the year and into 2021. And we’re hoping to see all of your faces again soon. We’re listening and open to any ideas you may have for the programming you need.

Here’s a preview:

  • Mentor/Mentee program: Having a mentor right now may be more important than ever. SMPS Kansas City is currently seeking mentors and protégés to kick off the 2020-2021 program. This program supports the growth and development of our chapter members by offering the opportunity to meet with industry veterans.
  • Mini-sessions: Do you prefer 30 minutes versus 60 minutes of virtual learning? The Adobe Creative Suite sessions we hosted recently were a hit, and we’re looking to expand this free series of programming to our members.  If you have an idea for a topic, please reach out and we’ll consider it.
  • Inter-chapter programming: We’re staying in touch with other SMPS chapters to bring you opportunities to join their education and program sessions. Stay tuned to our social media channels for that info.
  • Holiday Party 2020: Our brainstorming continues and we may attempt an in-person, masks mandatory, holiday get together before the end of the year. Got a cool location? Let us know!
  • Our various committees are always in need of new volunteers to share their perspectives and talent. Please take a look at our Committees page, (https://smpskc.org/Join_a_Committee) and think about which one might be for you. Either stick with what you know, or break out of your comfort zone and try something new!


Whew! Thanks for hanging in there, and reading and digesting all these great things our volunteers are working on. I am SO grateful for their efforts!

Next week is Build Business 2020 – postponed from August – and what is typically the pinnacle event of the SMPS year. Are you planning on attending? Hope so! I will wave at the camera if I spot you at a virtual networking session. I also hope to provide a recap of what I learned in an upcoming newsletter

In closing, I want to express how grateful I am for our esteemed 2020-2021 Board of Directors. I hope you will take an opportunity to meet and get to know us. Each brings a unique set of experience, talents and skills, knowledge and perspective, and strong desire to make your SMPS experience substantial and valuable. I’d ask that you stay engaged, email anytime, and let us know what we can do to support you through the end of 2020.

Jen Lerner
SMPS-KC President
[email protected]

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Welcome New Members


The program matches senior members (in general, those with five or more years of experience) with junior members from non-competing firms based on individual interests.

The mentoring committee works to develop pairs or groups based on the interest and desires for the growth of the protégé.

A kick-off meeting is held with all members of the program. We will cover tentative schedules, roles and responsibilities, and suggestions for discussion topics.


  • October 30, 2020: Applications due.
  • November 12, 2020:  Selected protégés and mentors are contacted.
  • November/Early December 2020: Kick-off meeting.
  • December 2020 – September 2021: Pairs schedule one-on-one or group meetings.
  • January – September 2021: Three to five various group events (e.g. guest speakers, attending SMPS, or other industry events as a group).
  • September 2021: Program wrap-up.

For more information, please contact Nicole Lane, 785-418-1812, [email protected] More information here.

Note: All meetings and events will be virtual for the time being. 

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Calendar of Events

Communicating internally has evolved over time, especially in the face of COVID. Connecting with one’s workplace has become intuitive and yet, at times, complex. How do you increase employee engagement, align workplace culture, and foster open communications within your firm? How can you create a more connected workplace and what is its impact on your culture? What are some of the best practices to employee communications, and does social media play a role? What are ways to overcome challenges? How have you created buy-in across your firm, and what are the best tools and technology to support your overall internal communications strategy.

Program Schedule:

12:00-12:05 P.M. | Opening Statement

12:05-12:10 P.M. | Moderator/Panelist Introduction

12:10-12:45 P.M. | Panel Q&A

12:45-1:00 P.M. | Closing Questions and Statement

Moderator & Panelists:

Mary McCann, Executive Director, KC Global Design [Moderator]

Jill Monaghan, Senior Project Designer + Fun Director, Generator Studio

Courtney Sullivan, Marketing Manager, GastingerWalker&

Dan Grubbs, AVP, Director of Internal and Digital Communications, HNTB

Sheri Johnson, VP, Marketing, McCownGordon Construction

Who Should Attend:

  • Marketing Directors/Managers
  • Marketing Staff
  • Communications Coordinators
  • Communications Directors/Managers
  • HR Professionals
  • Firm Leaders


SMPS Domains of Practice (for CPSM):

5 - Promotional Activity and 6 - Management

This session is free to members and non-members. A link to join via ZOOM will be emailed to all registrants on Thursday morning. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Programs/Education Director: Mackenzie Doty - [email protected] | (913) 744-4084


$0.00 Member Ticket

$0.00 Non-Member Ticket

Register Now

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Membership, Programs, Education, and Community Service: Calendar of Events

Due to unforeseen factors surrounding COVID-19, SMPS Kansas City has made the difficult decision to cancel the Marketing Communications Awards and Gala for 2020. Note: Next year the timeline for project submittals will be extended, and projects completed January 1, 2019 through January 1, 2021 will be considered for the 2021 competition.

We are still accepting nominations for the SMPS KC Chapter’s special awards that we typically recognize at the annual MCA gala: Marketer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and New Member of the Year (a new award this year). Read more here.

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