Nilson spends career focusing on writing and sharing with others

Posted April 23, 2014 by tlehre
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Barbara Nilson

Barbara Nilson

In 1989 Idaho hosted the first of three NFPW conferences I helped organize. One of the unique and unbelievable women I met at that conference in Coeur d’Alene was Barbara Nilson. She was the national high school communications contest director and I organized Idaho’s contest. It was wonderful getting to know her better at the conference. I made black lamb table decorations for the conference with an inscription “NFPW, we believe in ewe.” Can you believe that 25 years later she still has the lamb I gave her? Barbara, you are one of the reasons NFPW friendships last a lifetime. Meet Barbara Nilson, a shining example of our unique, unbelievable members.

Name: Barbara Nilson

City and State: Seattle area

Years a member of NFPW: 58

Tell us about you:

In the fall of 2004 Meg Hunt called and asked if I would organize the 2005 NFPW conference in Seattle. I called some of the “oldtimer” members and a newly moved to Washington NFPW member I had met at the previous conference and we decided the five of us could do it. Thus I was the conference director for “Sound bytes in Seattle”, Sept, 8-10, 2005. Meg’s final words during the phone conversation were: “And you’ll take us around the peninsula again,” so I did.

I joined NFPW in 1956 when my ex-husband and I owned, published, reported, typeset, photographed etc. as a staff of two for the Quincy Valley Post-Register. I set all the copy on a typewriter that justified the lines by pulling a string AFTER EVERY LINE. I wish I still had that machine because nobody believes me. My column was called “Barb’s Wire.” I divorced him and took my four children and went back to college to get my teaching degree. I then was hired at Franklin High School in Seattle as yearbook adviser and soon became adviser to the award-winning newspaper. During this time, I also became Youth Director for NFPW and expanded the contest for high school students.

I was instrumental in building a strong student contest in Washington State both for NFPW and the Journalism Education Association. Some of the awards I received were WPA Communicator of Achievement, 1981; Carl Towley Award from the national Journalism Education Assn, 1984; JEA program director, spring 1985; and WPA Torchbearer 1984.

After retiring from teaching, I wrote for a local newspaper about 15 years focusing on travel and historical pieces.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I have visited all 50 states, all the continents, all the Provinces in Canada including the Northwest Territories and Antarctica. If I had to pick one place to live (besides Seattle) it would be New Zealand, it has it all from Fjords to English towns, Scottish tows, Yellowstone park; majestic Mt. Cook etc.

Any career advice you would give?

As for career advice, just follow what you love to do, where your heart is.

What talent would you most like to have?

Besides writing, it would be to play rinky-tink piano and entertain people, with raunchy songs, make them laugh. I guess that’s also what would surprise people about me.

What are you reading?

Since leaving our five-acre woods (just for the winters) for an apartment in Seattle I have read a couple of books each week; I love history and “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” was a favorite, as was Corky Roberts’ “Founding Mother’s.” In addition to reading, I’m doing two interviews a month for the newsletter here and working on a novel disguised as my memoirs of 85 years.

I love history and small towns; I have written several books and two of them received first place from the King County Association of Historical Organizations. One “Uncle Sam Wants You” is about the veterans who served in WWII from the small town of Maple Valley; the second one is “Ravensdale Reflections” about a small mining town in our area. This past year I completed the “100th Centennial of Renton High School.

In June our family will be gathering at the ocean at Kalaloch (the spot where busloads of Press Women spent time on both of the NFPW trips around the Olympic Peninsula that I led) to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

I hope to attend the NFPW conference in 2016 to celebrate 60 years with a truly fantastic organization.

Contact information:

Email —  aqua818@icloud.com

 

 

Motley shows NFPW loyalty, delivers marketing strategy on national level

Posted April 16, 2014 by tlehre
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She is a popular national speaker, has over 200 professional awards and helps national clients communicate better. In her spare time, she will publish  book soon. What an awesome, unique and unbelievable NFPW member.  Meet Christina Motley.

 

Name: Christina M. Motley

Christina Motley

Christina Motley

City and State: Raleigh, NC

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

North Carolina, previously Virginia affiliate. Previous positions include NFPW conference host (helped plan the conference when it was in VA), High School Communications Contest coordinator, three times VA Sweepstakes Winner and contributor to newsletters and held a board position years ago.

Years a member of NFPW: since 1992

Tell us a little about you.

As CEO and CMO of Christina Motley, LLC—a Triangle North Carolina-based strategic integrated marketing and communications company—Christina and her team deliver Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) services on demand and on point marketing strategies WHEN & WHERE™ national clients need it.

Her management and marketing expertise in both corporate and agency environments, combined with her education, allows Christina to bring a unique perspective and unusual breadth and depth of knowledge to help clients build brand loyalty, foster customer engagement and drive new business.

Her leadership in operations, sales, talent acquisition and human resources has benefited many clients, including many the top Fortune 500 brands and earned her over 200 awards and accolades for leadership, creativity, writing, management, entrepreneurship and marketing.

A popular keynote speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, she provides dynamic presentations on leadership, marketing strategy, team building, content marketing, social media, writing and other topics designed to motivate, celebrate and empower her audiences.

Christina Motley

Christina Motley

As a successful writer, her articles have been published online and in print in regional, national and international publications.

Her first book–The Greater Roanoke Region: Your Open Door to Technology, Education and Scenic Beauty– won first place state and national awards from the National Federation of Press Women and continues to generate awareness and tourism for Roanoke Valley, Virginia.

Her third book–Reflections of a 150 Year History:  Roanoke County, Virginia Fire & Rescue– is scheduled for release in 2014.

She serves on the Board of Advisors for EntreDot, TransformED Leadership, Inc. and Career Pro, Inc. She remains active in a number of industry associations both nationally and locally and regularly volunteers in the community.

A South Carolina native, who spent most of her life in Virginia, Christina lives in Raleigh, NC with her daughter, Morgan M. Maccherone, and their dog, a Golden Retriever named Bella.

Morgan graduates this spring as valedictorian of the largest high school in Wake County.  Christina’s greatest compliment is that Morgan calls her the “World’s Best Mom.”

Any career advice you would give?

Get involved early. I started with a Girl Scout newsletter, high school newspaper and college paper. It has served me well. I also believe you have to give to get and am a huge advocate of internships.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could play the piano by ear.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Vancouver Canada

What book are you reading?

I practice daily reflections from A Year of Miracles by Marianne Williamson. Professionally I just finished Seth Godin’s All Marketers are Liars.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a self taught chef and an expert downhill snow skier.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

NFPW is the first professional association I joined so I feel a sense of loyalty to it. It  represents freedom of speech, the expression of writing and the importance of good, effective communications. As a professional writer and marketer with degrees in journalism and English that is of utmost important to me.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

New media
Website: http://www.christinamotley.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/christinamotley
Blog http://www.christinamotley.com/blog/
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/CMMarketingInsights
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christinamotleyllc
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/christina-motley-llc
LinkedIn  http://www.linkedin.com/christinamotley
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/105894678948573766177/posts
Resources http://www.christinamotley.com/resource-registration/

 

Stein excels as artist, author, technical writer and geek princess

Posted April 8, 2014 by tlehre
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Allison Stein enjoys sharing her snarky commentary with others. She is the servant for her two house cats  you can read about on Facebook. She is a talented writer who volunteers her time keeping the NFPW web page current. She is a dependable friend who is always willing to pitch in and help make NFPW stronger.  Meet this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name: Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Allison Stein

City and State: Kansas City, Mo.

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

I’m NFPW’s web director. I’ve served on the board in various appointed roles since 1994, including parliamentarian, technology advisor, and as NFPW’s original webmaster. I’ve also served as president of the Missouri and South Carolina affiliates, and I was Missouri’s Communicator of Achievement in 1997. I’ve earned many awards at the state and national level for writing, editing, web content, social media, and short fiction. I’ve also presented workshops on writing and technology topics at affiliate and national conferences.

Years a member of NFPW: 26

In a couple of paragraphs, tell us a little about you.

I started out with every intention of being a newspaper reporter: three years of high school journalism, a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, and experience at my home town paper and the state’s largest daily paper as obituary writer and features stringer.

Instead, I took a position at a software company writing their internal newsletter. That turned into a 25-year career in business-to-business marketing communications at software and technology companies that ranged from Internet start-ups to industry-leaders.

About five years ago, I changed careers again. Today, I’m a technical writer at a large company in the oil and gas industry. I write knowledgebase articles — the online articles that explain how to use the software — and other documentation for a system that controls product movement and inventory for fuel terminals.

In my spare time, I write science fiction short stories, make art, and help run science fiction conventions.

I use the following biography for my extracurricular activities: “Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. When not painting, writing, updating her social media status, or serving as cat furniture, she hoards art supplies and practices Advanced Google-Fu.”

Her short fiction appears in several Yard Dog Press anthologies (I Should Have Stayed in Oz, A Bubba In Time Saves None, Houston We’ve Got Bubbas, and Flush Fiction) as well as Death Is Only Skin Deep from NobleFusion Press and A Horror A Day: 365 Scary Stories from Barnes & Noble Press. Her art can be seen at science fiction conventions in the Midwest and online at AllisonStein.com. She has also provided cover art and interior illustration for Yard Dog Press, NobleFusion Press, and KaCSFFS Press.

Allison Stein the artist

Allison Stein the artist

Any career advice you would give?

1. Contacts you make today may open doors for you in the future.

2. Don’t rule out odd or unexpected opportunities.

3. The ability to write with clarity and precision is most valuable skill in your portfolio.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I had better juggling skills! I juggle so many projects that I’m always dropping a ball somewhere and scurrying to pick it up and get it back in the air.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love living in Kansas City, but I do miss the sun and sand of my home state of South Carolina. I don’t get to visit there often enough, and I’m really looking forward to NFPW’s 2014 Communications Conference in Greenville, S.C.!

What book are you reading?

I’ve just finished the audiobooks of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Kathy Reich’s Bones of the Lost.

I’m currently listening to Blood of Tyrants, a historical fantasy by Naomi Novik. (Imagine what the Napoleonic Wars might have been like if they had had dragons for air support!) In ebook format, I’m currently reading The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake and other Tales of Magic and Mischief, a collection of short stories by Eugie Foster.

I’m also reading The Wheatbelly Cookbook by William Davis the old fashioned way: on paper.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m an introvert. NFPW nudges me out of my comfort zone, and that’s a very good thing. I’ve learned so much about working with people and speaking to groups though my service to NFPW.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

NFPW has been a part of my life for more than 25 years, and it’s taken me to places

Allison Stein shows her creativity

Allison Stein shows her creativity

and introduced me to people from all over the country.

Some of my NFPW friends are my very best friends, even if I only see them once a year at conference.

When I moved from South Carolina to Missouri, the first thing I did was call the NFPW members in my new town and start attending their monthly meetings.

NFPW has given me the confidence to lead as well as many opportunities to do so at the affiliate level in Missouri and South Carolina, and at the national level. NFPW has also given me an opportunity to measure my skills against those of my peers through the Communications Contest. The judges’ critiques have helped me grow as a writer, and it’s always nice to show the awards to the boss afterward.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

AllisonStein.com

@allisonstein

facebook.com/allison.stein

Seals swaps a career in newsroom management for rewards as tree steward volunteer

Posted April 1, 2014 by tlehre
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Trees help make the world a beautiful place for all of us to enjoy. Louise C. Seals has found a volunteer job as a tree steward in Virginia as a fulfilling way to keep active and make her community a better place. She is too busy to slow down and continues to be a role model for others. Meet another unique, unbelievable long-time NFPW member who is making a difference.

Name: Louise C. Seals

Louise Seals

Louise Seals

City and State: Richmond, Virginia

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Virginia Press Women — former president and former treasurer, former COA, recipient of Press Woman of the Year award; I am treasurer of the Virginia Press Women Foundation Inc., and formerly was president.

Years a member of NFPW: 31

In a couple of paragraphs, tell us a little about you.

I’m enjoying the liberation of retirement and age. I was never known for subtlety — which will bring chuckles, if not guffaws, from those who know me — and although I am more aware now of others’ feelings than ever before, I am impatient with BS and power games.

My volunteer work as a Richmond Tree Steward keeps me thinking, moving and very engaged. Part of the group’s mission is public education about the benefits of the community forest and how to care for trees, which lets me use my journalism contacts and skills. But the most rewarding part is making an immediate difference through planting and pruning street and park trees. After more than 2 decades in newsroom management, I crave instant gratification, and this volunteer role provides it.

I’m also sought out as a mentor sometimes and enjoy that as well. Cynthia Price says I’m not retired – I’m just not getting a paycheck. But I feel I am being paid.

Any career advice you would give?

Stay flexible because opportunity doesn’t always knock when it’s convenient. Guard your integrity in every decision you make; honesty is a communicator’s hard currency and once sullied can never be completely regained.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to have the ability to sing. I was in my grade school choir only because I got to try out with my best friend and she could sing.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’d split the year between Richmond, which I love and where many dear friends live, and the Southwest — probably Arizona or New Mexico.

What book are you reading?

“The Philadelphia Quarry,” a crime thriller set in Richmond by Howard Owen, a former colleague.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

My age and the fact I don’t color my hair to cover up gray — yet. The next birthday is the really big 70.

Louise Seals

Louise Seals
Brightroom Photography

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I’m old enough to remember being told that women couldn’t do certain jobs or had to work their way into those jobs from menial positions that men did not have to take. Pay differentials were huge. VPW and NFPW were important forces in working for change, and they gave me a way to contribute to that battle. Networking was and still is important, but the greatest benefit was one I didn’t expect — lifelong friendships.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Just Facebook — I post only when I think I have something to contribute, but follow friends and acquaintances — and LInkedIn (needs to be updated).

Lockhart continues sharing communication talents through varied career

Posted March 25, 2014 by tlehre
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She arrives early for NFPW conferences, usually participating in the pre and post conference tours. She knows the value of networking and sharing her many communications talents with others. The community is better because of her willingness to help others. especially those in need. Meet another unique and unbelievable NPFW member, Ann Lockhart.

Name: Ann Lockhart

Ann Lockhart

Ann Lockhart

City and State: Denver, Colorado

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Former president of Colorado Press Women (twice) and other officer and committee roles; NFPW parliamentarian for several years; current secretary of POPPS (Parlay of Past Presidents States)

Years a member of NFPW: 41

Tell us a little about you.

A small town girl from northeast Iowa, I edited my high school newsletter and community college newsletter and then got an English degree from the University of Iowa. I spent a year selling ads for the San Marcos, Texas, newspaper, then taught high school English and journalism in an east Texas oil town.

From there, I moved to Colorado and worked almost five years for several suburban weekly papers as reporter and then editor. Tired of long hours and low pay, I became editor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus newspaper. My next career change was both interesting, challenging and enjoyable– to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as public relations director. My last nine years there dealt with community relations for a scientific study on the potential off-site health impacts of toxic emissions from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant northwest of Denver.

Retired in early 2002, I started part-time editing projects and three volunteer gigs: saving the history of Rocky Flats, tutoring refugees in English and teaching AARP Driver Safety classes to seniors. Tutoring refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, Bhutan and Nepal and currently a woman from Iran has been a great learning experience.

AnnRockyAny career advice you would give?

Network always, continually upgrade your career knowledge and skills, hone your public speaking skills through Toastmasters and become active in professional organizations.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Graphic design. (I’d also like more confidence.)

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love Denver, but a few weeks in the dead of winter at a beach resort would be so satisfying. Or maybe New Zealand.

What book are you reading?

My book club just read The Round House by Louise Erdrich, which I loved. I’m now reading A Superior Death by Nevada Barr (author of national park murder mysteries.)

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m an orphan…that I started two different recreational volleyball leagues…that I’ve climbed nine 14ers (14,000 foot mountains in Colorado)…that I’ve gone to the RAGBRAI three times (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)…that I’ve traveled a lot and plan to keep traveling.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

My CPW and NFPW friends are like family and also have been career resources for me. Over the years, the programs and speakers have provided wonderful continuing education. I’ve loved the NFPW pre- and post-conference trips plus the 1989 NFPW trip to four cities in Russia including Sochi.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

I’m on Facebook.

Copyright expert Burr shares love for writing, teaching

Posted March 17, 2014 by tlehre
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Sherri Burr was one of the first to offer to teach a workshop at last year’s National Federation of Press Women conference in Salt Lake City. I was impressed with her enthusiasm for what she does. In addition, this amazing woman lectures around the world on copyright protection, in addition to being  a university professor teaching intellectual property law in New Mexico. Meet another unique, unbelievable NFPW member.

Name:  Sherri Burr

City and State: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

Sherri Burr

Sherri Burr

New Mexico Press Women Vice-President and Chair of the Bylaws Committee

Years a member of NFPW:

Since 2007, when I first won a national contest award.

In a couple of paragraphs, tell us a little about you.

“I am the author of 20 books, including A Short and Happy Guide to Financial Well-Being. I love writing and I adore my writing friends. Attending critique group is one of the highlights of my week because I am privileged to see what the imaginations of my fellow writers have created.

I’m also a university professor who has been teaching for 26 years.

At the NFPW conference in Salt Lake City, she presented a workshop on copyright law and explained how attendees can protect their print and digital media works.

Any career advice you would give?

“Always meet your deadlines. I learned this the hard way when I missed one and my story didn’t run. Since then I will come in at 3:00 a.m. or stay up half the night to meet a deadline.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could ice skate like some of the Olympians because it looks so beautiful and graceful.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’m living there now: Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve been fortunate to live in beautiful places like Honolulu, Phoenix, San Francisco and abroad, but I love New Mexico.

What book are you reading?

I just finished Blowback by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett. I loved that two people from such different backgrounds could craft a thriller together. I also just finished reading the nonfiction book Play. I liked his advice of making work fun.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

“I love go-kart racing. It’s fast and you have to focus.”

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I love the camaraderie of both NMPW and NFPW. Our New Mexico Press Women board meetings are fun and I always enjoy the National Conference.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.:

www.sherriburr.com,

https://twitter.com/sherriburr

Storycatcher Dickey Smith uses words to communicate passion for life

Posted March 10, 2014 by tlehre
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Sylvia Dickey Smith

Sylvia Dickey Smith

She entered this world backwards and when Sylvia Dickey Smith gets bored she finds a way to reinvent herself. She is another unique and unbelievable NFPW member who takes life by the horns and finds a way to do things her way.

Name: Sylvia Dickey Smith

City and State: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

My first experience with NFPW came by way of Ginger Mynatt who introduced me to Press Women of Texas. I had sought a journalist to write a newspaper article about WWII and to include information about my historical novel, “A War Of Her Own.” Ginger heard about my need, called me and agreed to write the article.  She urged me to not only join NFPW but to enter the book in the Communications Contest, and I did. It won 1st. place at state and went on to win 2nd place in the national contest.  Note: Ginger sold her article to a monthly magazine, but in order to save space, the editor slashed the paragraph about my book—and Ginger and I both gnashed our teeth.

Years a member of NFPW: Three gong on four years.

Tell us a little about you:

I tend to reinvent myself—over and over again. Read on and you will understand.

I entered this world backwards—feet first and left-handed—and have done most things backwards every since. (I have a list!) I married at 17 and spent the first half of my life as a stay-at-home mother and pastor’s wife. Six of those years were on the Caribbean island of Trinidad where we worked as missionaries. In the late 70s, we moved back to the states due to a health issue. Boredom overcame my fears of being too dumb to go to college and at the age of 40, I enrolled in my first freshman class at the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the next five years, I fought my way to a BA (Honors) in Sociology and a Masters in Educational Psychology, all while rearing four children, being a pastor’s wife, and a foreign missionary.

After graduation, my life took a different turn. I struck out on my own and began a career as a single mother working with non-profit and for-profit organizations within the human services field. I conducted private practice as a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, and taught graduate school as an adjunct professor. Five years later I married My Bill, a full-bird Army Colonel, retired. We moved to the Austin, Texas area where I continued working in human services. After retirement, and bored again, I started writing novels—and haven’t looked up or stopped counting since.

A year ago, my husband and I fell in love with Hot Springs, Arkansas, sold our condo in Texas and headed east. After settling in, I took a real estate class and recently started working as a REALTOR®. Meanwhile, I hold my breath waiting for a call from my agent telling me she’s sold my latest novel.

Any career advice you would give? As my friend said to me, “Sylvia, I’m tired hearing you say you want to write a book. Put your derrière in the chair and write it.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish singing was in my wheelhouse. Folks say perhaps I am tone deaf. No, I’m not. I can hear when I am off key. I just can’t hit the notes. Music moves my soul. I long for the ability to belt out that passion. I guess that is why I write.  I am a born storycatcher, so I use words instead of music to communicate that passion.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Wow. Now that’s a tough question for me to answer. I love living in Hot Springs, but I also love Hawaii. Then again, I’d love to check out Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden …

What book are you reading?

Wired For Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence, by Lisa Cron. An excellent book! I suggest every author read it. And no, I am not receiving royalties on this book.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I see and hear everything—I miss nothing. Seriously. Living in the present moment tends to result in opportunities to touch another person’s life in a positive way. I embrace those moments.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I love associating with strong women. It doesn’t take a person long to learn that NFPW is FULL of strong women—women who have been strong longer than I knew women could be. They inspire me, challenge me, honor my path, and encourage me to aspire for even greater accomplishments. When I attended my first national conference I was overwhelmed at the intentionality I witnessed by the women welcoming new members. In the midst of 400+ women, I felt home.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

http://www.sylviadickeysmith.com

http://www.twitter.com/sylviadsmith

https://www.facebook.com/sylvia.d.smith


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