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Meet a Member: Marion E. Gold

October 11, 2016

The best part of doing a blog about National Federation of Press Women friends is getting to know them better. That is the case with Marion E. Gold. I know her as a talented writer. It has been fun to learn about her other creative endeavor with jewelry. You need to check out her website. It is wasy to see she does a beautiful job with everything she does. I hope you enjoy getting to know this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name: Marion E. Gold

City and State: Scottsdale, AZ

Marion E. Gold

Marion E. Gold

Affiliate and any leadership positions: President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (2001-2003);  Vice President of Arizona Press Women (2009-2010). Named the Year 2000 Communicator of Achievement by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. Currently a dual member of the Arizona and Illinois Affiliates.

Years a member of NFPW: 21 years (1995 – present)

Tell us a little about you. 

Before launching Marion Gold Marketing Communications in 1994, I was executive vice-president and general manager of a health care communications agency in Chicago that was part of the Health and Medical Communications Group of OMNICOM and one of the few women in that field to break through Corporate America’s Glass Ceiling. When I resigned after 13 years to start my own company, Working Woman Magazine profiled me as an entrepreneur with “guts.” That’s how it all started, and as the song says, “The beat goes on…”

That said, life takes us down many paths, both professionally and personally. Beginning as a healthcare journalist working in Bethesda, Maryland for a group of newspapers for physicians… Moving to Chicago and reporting as an Associate Editor for the medical news section of the Journal of the American Medical Association… And then entering the amazing corporate world of medical and marketing communications. But it was the personal experience of losing my parents that thrust me into another entrepreneurial role – and that was the genesis of Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses. You can read about that journey at http://www.moonbeamslilacsroses.com.

Marion Gold as her jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel.”

Marion Gold as her jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel.”

Many people are surprised when the marketing consultant and writer they hire – or the “Book Author” they meet—also designs jewelry! Actually, there is a great similarity between creating a press release, ghostwriting an article or editorial, or crafting a tactical marketing plan—and designing a piece of jewelry. I call it the synergy between Words and Gemstones.  Both need to be carefully considered in order to meet the needs of the client and the target audience. As my jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel,” I design each item of jewelry around the shapes and colors of the natural stones, sometimes using sterling silver or bronze wire to wrap around the stones—literally as if the wire is part of the natural texture of the stone.  Words and Gemstones ~ Working with either takes great precision. They both light up my creative spirit!

Any career advice you would give?

I think Eleanore Roosevelt said it best: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’ve always wanted to be a country singer. Maybe one of these days…

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

As much as I miss Downtown Chicago, I’m currently living right where I want to be in Arizona. My mom told me that as a little girl, and Roy Rogers was my cowboy hero, I said I wanted to live in Arizona. Guess I followed that dream!

What book are you reading?

Just finished “The Holocaust By Bullets” by Father Patrick Desbois. As best said by The Wall Street Journal: “Father Desbois is a generation too late to save lives. instead, he has saved memory and history.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Okay, here is my long-held secret. I worked for a short time as a stringer for the National Enquirer (yes, THAT National Enquirer), reading medical journals and writing brief articles on healthcare advances.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

When newspaper writer Francis A. Conant founded IWPA, it was two years before Hollywood, California, was established as a city. The Southwest (where I first joined NFPW in 1995) was still the domain of the proud warrior and Native American leader Geronimo. It is important to keep alive the legacy of women who led the way for all of us who value the written word and gave so much to our history. Maintaining my membership in NFPW lets me continue to be a part of that proud legacy.

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

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariongold

http://www.linkedin.com/in/miriam-bat-rachel

http://www.mariongold.com

http://www.facebook.com/Marion-E-Gold-Communications-That-Make-a-Difference

http://www.moonbeamslilacsroses.com

Meet a Member: Lynda Exley

July 7, 2016

When you get a chance, check out the outstanding Arizona Professional Writers newsletter. The publication is the effort of member Lynda Exley. She also shared her talents when Arizona hosted the NFPW conference in 2012. She is a professional communicator who volunteers her time to share her talents with others. Take a minute to learn more about this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Lynda Exley

Lynda Exley

Name:  Lynda Exley

City and State: Sedona, Arizona

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Arizona Professional Writers Newsletter Chairperson

Years a member of NFPW: 19

Tell us a little about you.

Lynda Exley was recent awarded APW’s 2106 Communicator of Achievement, by Arizona Professional Writers, a.k.a. Arizona Press Women. Her writing career began when she left a successful career as an association executive for the Arizona Hotel and Motel Association to have her son. She decided it was her chance to answer the writing siren, and hasn’t looked back since. She is a former author, editor and publicity agent at Five Star Publications, and editor/writer for the SanTan Sun News, Arizona Parenting, Houston Parent, LA Parent, Ahwatukee Monthly, SWEAT magazine and many other publications.

Exley earned more than 50 national and state awards for editing and writing, and co-authored Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, Arizona Color Me Wacky and Arizona Way Out West & Witty: Library Edition, which won 2012 ONEBOOKAZ for kids. She is the recipient of Arizona Newspaper Association’s Best Entry Outstanding Writing award, a three-time National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest winner for writing and editing, and garnered more than a dozen first-place wins in the APW Communications Contests. She is also a Speakers In The Schools presenter for Arizona Humanities.

Lynda Exley shown at the Chandler Chuckwagon Cookoff with her traveling companion, Johnny Ringo, a puppet representing Arizona's State Mammal.

Lynda Exley shown at the Chandler Chuckwagon Cookoff with her traveling companion, Johnny Ringo, a puppet representing Arizona’s State Mammal.

Any career advice you would give?

If your writing career is just beginning, network with colleagues in organizations like NFPW, never say no to an assignment and never miss a deadline! AND, become the expert in AP style. In addition, don’t be afraid to expand from newspaper writing to PR, or visa-versa. The more you know about both sides of the fence, the more successful you will be. Read a lot of the type of writing you want to do yourself. Learn every type of technology you can get your hands on and wrap your head around. Technology is the future.

If you have enjoyed a writing career for some years like myself, give a hand up to deserving young writers. This is the time in your life when you should be paying forward for the mentoring you received or becoming the mentor you wish you had when you were just starting out — even if you never had a mentor yourself.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Ha! I wish I could carry a tune! I love to sing, but hate to offend others with it!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

In Sedona, Arizona where I already live.

When a fellow author fell ill at the last minute and couldn't make her storytelling and book signing at the Children's Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Lynda Exley filled in by reading the other author's book and playing Old MacDonald Had a Farm with visitors.

When a fellow author fell ill at the last minute and couldn’t make her storytelling and book signing at the Children’s Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Lynda Exley filled in by reading the other author’s book and playing Old MacDonald Had a Farm with visitors.

What book are you reading?

I am in the process of plowing through all of Joel Goldsmith’s books. So far, The Infinite Way is my favorite, but they are all excellent. I like fiction as well, and am getting ready to start All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I’m reading a lot of YA fiction because I am working on a YA novel myself.  I’ve never written fiction before, so I am stretching myself.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I completed the Tour de Tucson years back — a 110-mile bicycle race. People look at our older exteriors, and never guess at the young person lost inside.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

Networking, the annual communications contest and the prestige of belonging to such a respected organization.

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

www.AZWOWW.com

www.HelpingHandsWebsites.com

www.LyndaExleyBooks.com

http://www.Facebook/LyndaExley

http://www.Facebook/LyndaExleyBooks.

 

Meet a Member: Glennis McNeal

May 26, 2015

One of the people I look forward to seeing at an NFPW conference is Glennis McNeal. She splits her time between Oregon and California and is one of the members who always makes the conference more fun. She is always looking for new adventures and is always willing to step up and learn something new. One example is when she worked a shift for the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible,” program when they revamped the Mill Creek Cattle Company restaurant in Redlands, CA. She did whatever was needed to make that particular program a success. She finds a way to succeed with everything she attempts. Meet my friend, Glennis McNeal.

Name : Glennis McNeal

City and State: Beaverton, Oregon and Redlands, CA

Glennis

Glennis McNeal

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

I’m a member of Oregon Press Women and Arizona Professional Writers. I served as OPW president twice, POPPS president once, currently POPPS newsletter editor. Coordinated a Lewis and Clark pre-conference tour before the Seattle NFPW conference. Coordinated the pre- and post-conference tours for the Arizona NFPW conference. Still send out meeting notices and news for Oregon Press Women.

Years a member of NFPW: 41 this year

Tell us a little about you.

I’m a self-taught freelance journalist, public relations practitioner, medical writer and magazine editor. My professional communications training came through Oregon Press Women and NFPW. Workshops and conversations with fellow members provided answers to questions as well as inspiration. Contact with fellow members fired me with desire to improve, and gave me courage to take on new ventures. The examples of their published work provided new ideas. The examples of their lives were potent guideposts, and still are.

I was the Public Information Director for a national lay health nonprofit, The National Psoriasis Foundation. I worked there for a decade and after retiring, earned a college degree in Arts and Humanities from Linfield College in Oregon.

Now I’m having a tough time saying these two dirty words: “I’m retired.”

Glennis McNeal, left and Sandi Latimer at an NFPW conference.

Glennis McNeal, left and Sandi Latimer at an NFPW conference.

Any career advice you would give?

Keep up with technology.

Don’t be afraid to tackle something new, even if you seem unqualified. I once confided in my late husband, George, “I don’t know how to do all the things this new project requires.” He responded, “Well, nobody knows everything about anything. Find someone who can help you with the unfamiliar stuff.” It worked for me!

That being said, I wish I had pursued my college education much sooner. I’d have done a better job if I’d known what I was doing.

A pleasant attitude and a sense of humor goes a long way, especially if you genuinely like people.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Perfect pitch. And a singing voice worth the gift of any pitch at all.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Anywhere with interesting things to see and do. I’m an Oregon resident and also a snowbird– 21 years in Arizona, two years so far in California. Loved Arizona Press Women. In Redlands, California, I’ve joined a book club that meets in a brewery.

What book are you reading?

Missoula–Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer. I’m from Montana and can’t wait to hear what my University of Montana friends think of the book. I’m prepared to wipe spittle from my eyeglasses.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I played the baritone sax in a Wyoming high school marching band and in the school’s dance band. I was a nightclub hostess and hat check girl in South Dakota. For years I edited a quarterly publication for a Weight Watchers franchise. When I told people at NFPW conferences, “I edit ‘The Loser’,” their sympathetic response was usually, “Maybe you’ll have better luck in next year’s communications contest.” The publication’s name was, in fact, “The Loser” and it actually won a few prizes.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

Each has provided lifelong friends and opportunities not available to me by other means. Members were resources for me when I was freelancing and later, when I was seeking space nationally for health news.

Also, I love their profane commentary during pre- and post-conference tours and when meeting them in hotel bars. Conference trips exposed me to wonderful areas of the country in the company of people who knew–and shared–the real story behind the tourism hype.

Way to follow you on.

I’m on Facebook. You’ll see frequent pictures of my 8 grandchilden!