Women in Communications Hosts Fall Networking Kickoff

The Association for Women in Communications – NJ Chapter (AWCNJ) is hosting a networking event on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-9:00 pm, to kick start the new programming year! The evening will include dinner, networking and an opportunity to learn about an exciting mentoring program offered exclusively to AWCNJ members. It takes place at the Greek Taverna Restaurant, 292 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

In addition, you will get to hear from marketing and branding expert Caryn Warner on key issues that professionals, especially women, should consider as they go through different stages in their careers and learn tactics to deploy for professional resume building. A leader with over 25 years of experience, Caryn Warner is the primary strategist and spearheads the marketing for Verisk Insurance Solutions/ISO Claims and Crime Analytics.

The cost to attend is:

$25 for members
$35 for non-members
$15 for students

Registration is highly recommended so please sign up for this event today! If you have any questions, please send an email to info@awcnj.org.

If you are in the communications field, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people in the industry and build professional connections.

Getting Back to Art Basics at Pinot’s Palette


Yesterday, I was at my cousin’s bridal shower at Pinot’s Palette in Montclair, a BYOB art studio that provides a really cool concept of teaching a painting class while having fun with friends over food and wine.

I never heard of Pinot’s Palette until I went to the bridal shower and I have to say that this place offers a fun atmosphere for everyone, whether you’re an artist or not. You get to network and catch up with friends while admiring the artwork hanging on the wall. The place is also great for date night, a girl’s night out, birthday parties, and even for unique bridal showers. All you have to do is bring your own food and drinks, and Pinot’s provide the paints, brushes and canvases. Depending on the location, the Pinot’s Palette also offers general art classes and holds private parties at their spacious studio, which you have to reserve in advance. I definitely recommend this place if you want something different than a usual happy hour at a bar.

One of the activities we did at the shower was to paint flowers in celebration of spring (even though it’s snowing right now!). I haven’t used a paint brush in over 15 years and it felt like I was a student back in my art school days before all the things that adults had to do — working, paying bills, having responsibilities. I definitely have to thank Pinot’s Palette for bringing back the artist in me after not painting (or doing anything artistic outside of the computer) for many years.