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Hot'n'Cold: How to Manage Your Agency in 2018
DC Communicators
Feb 1 - Thursday
8:30 AM
10:00 AM

Is Mercury in retrograde, or is something off between you and the agency you hired last year? Itís normal to fall out of sync with your PR firm - new hires, turn over, new budgets, new initiatives - but the partnership can be more successful when everyone is on the same page.

Join us at The National Building Museum on February 1, where we will explore the ins-and-outs of client-agency relationships from both sides. At the next DC Communicators, weíll explore the expectations for scopes of work, progress reports, and time frames for the projects you assign to your agency.

Panelists will include:

- Joe Wagner, Managing Director, Fenton Communications
- Tara Dunion, Director of Media Relations, AARP and AARP Foundation
- Tara M. Arras, Chief Development Officer, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

About the Panelists:

Joe Wagner, Managing Director at Fenton

Joe Wagner is the Managing Director of Fentonís DC office. He joined Fenton in 2013 from Ketchum Public Relations and brings 24 years of experience designing and managing integrated communications campaigns for companies, professional associations, foundations, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. Joe specializes in strategic positioning, message development, media relations, marketing, branding, advertising, coalition building, stakeholder relations, and training.

Tara Dunion, Director of Media Relations, AARP and AARP Foundation

Tara Dunion is an experienced communications professional with a background in technology PR, social media and strategic partnerships. She has been at AARP for two and a half years.Prior to AARP, Tara served as the senior director of communications at the Consumer Technology Association. At CTA, she managed media outreach and broadcast coverage of global technology events, including CES, which attracts more than 5,000 media and 170,000 tech professionals.

Tara M. Arras, CFRE and Chief Development Officer at Catholic
Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Tara serves as a member of the Executive Team at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and oversees the Development and Communications Department. She is also Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she serves as a mentor. Tara has eighteen years of experience as a professional fundraiser and has raised more than $125 million for numerous Catholic parishes, hospitals, hospice programs as well as secondary and higher education and cultural institutions. Her expertise includes leading special campaigns, external relations, and building development teams and operations to support future growth and stewardship.

DC Communicators is a network of communications and marketing professionals in the Washington, DC, metro area who are interested in emerging trends in earned, paid and digital media. Founded by Mimi Carter in 2013, the group meets quarterly at the National Building Museum to network and discuss such trends.

National Building Museum
Washington, D.C.


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