As the snow falls, it's time to think about social media engagement, empowering others, and energizing brands. It's also time to look toward the most wonderful time of the year. These great Minneapolis / St. Paul organizations have a great selection of events to not only celebrate the holidays, but learn something new!Snowflake_image

December 2nd
Engagement: There's a Map for That!
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Metropolitan Ballroom

To truly engage an audience in a brand, product, worthy cause or event now requires more than just a news release and talking head. The rules of PR have changed. The lines are blurred, and few can successfully navigate without integrating PR with other avenues of online marketing. If you are seeking guidance on when and how to integrate marketing efforts for bigger, better results, then join us for the 2010 Minnesota PRSA Professional Practices Conference.

SMBMSP Webcast
12:00 - 1:00 pm

The folks of Social Media Breakfast - Minneapolis/St. Paul cover mobile technology and social connectivity with a panel of experts.

December 7th
Holiday Meet and Mingle at OLSON
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season with a Meet & Mingle hosted by OLSON, a fast-growing agency recently named to the Metro 100 and Inc. 5000 lists. Located at OLSON’s headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, this event will allow you to network with other public relations and advertising professionals while experiencing the fun environment this agency is known for.

MDMA Holiday Party
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Target Field

Come celebrate with the folks of the Midwest Direct Marketing Association and tour Target Field. A silent auction will also be included.

December 8th
3M Health Care - Energizing a Brand to Drive Business Growth
4:00 - 6:30 pm
3M Innovation Center Executive Forum

After celebrating 50 years of innovation and solutions for healthcare providers this year, 3M Health Care took a closer look at the value of its 3M Medical Tapes and Bandaging brand, its relationship with customers, and the change needed to energize the image of this long established product line. In this presentation, 3M Medical Tapes Global Marketing Manager, Mary Glennon, will walk through the process that 3M and One–Up Marketing used to create a new brand strategy for the 3M Medical Tapes business and revitalize a mature product category. Mary will share key insights and surprising findings from this brand journey.

December 9th
MWMC's Women Launching Women: Angela Chambliss
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join MWMC and Angela Chambliss, senior manager for Best Buy’s Women Leadership Forum (WOLF), to learn how Best Buy is driving innovation while promoting women leadership through its Women Leadership Forum (WOLF). WOLF is made up of Best Buy hourly employees, corporate and executive employees and even Best Buy customers. Internally it promotes women leadership and professional growth through WOLF packs and events, and allows Best Buy to learn more about their female customers by connecting WOLF packs with the community. Bring your business cards and network with other current and future female leaders.

December 14th
Grown-up Leadership
7:30 - 9:30 am
University of St. Thomas, Opus Hall, Minneapolis Campus

If you are responsible for getting work done with and through others—whether they are co-workers, clients or other teams at work—you are a leader.  Ever wonder why some leaders achieve results through others so effortlessly?  Come and find out how.  This is a golden opportunity to grow and learn from a skilled and experienced executive coach. Martha Carlson, an experienced leader and executive coach, will help you improve your leadership effectiveness, help you understand more about your personal leadership style and how to be a more mature leader.

December 15th
MIMA Holiday Party
6:00 pm
Five Event Center

The holidays will be here faster than you can say “Chrismahanukwanzakah.” Come celebrate with MIMA friends old and new at the Annual Holiday Party. Have a drink on us! It’s free to pre-registered members, as always. This year we got you something a little extra: FREE VALET PARKING. You’re welcome.  Come and make sure it fits!

December 17th
SMBMSP #34: Holiday Edition
8:00 - 10:00 am

Our Holiday Edition of SMBMSP will feature a discussion on physical communities using online community tools.