Roundtables

If you're searching for a more intimate setting to connect with your SMPS peers, join one of our many roundtables! The SMPS Oregon Chapter offers members a valuable opportunity to connect with other chapter members in small group settings—through the roundtable program.
 
Roundtables are groups of up to 15 members around the state who meet regularly to discuss topics of interest, issues they face in their jobs, and best practices. Facilitated by experienced marketing/business development professionals, these groups provide a unique opportunity to learn from each other and cultivate relationships with others in our field. Roundtables create an opportunity to participate in a committed mentoring environment that nurtures openness and trust.
 
Who can join a roundtable?

Our roundtables are a member-only benefit.

How can you find out more about roundtables?

Contact our Professional Development Director Kelly Johnson. She will happily help you get started.

Current SMPS Oregon Chapter Roundtables

Marketing & Communications Strategy Roundtable *New*

Focus: Due to feedback from the Roundtable Survey conducted in Spring 2019, we are offering a new roundtable focusing on branding, digital (social media, website, video), event planning, communications (internal and external), and other “non-proposal” topics. As with all roundtables, the specific topics will be identified by the roundtable participants at the first meeting.

Facilitator Contacts: 

Melissa Newton
DKS Associates

 

Jill Daniel
Northwest Pipe Company

 


Balancing Act Roundtable

Focus: Marketers who often wear many hats and work alone as the sole marketer in their office or firm. Topics TBD by the group.

Facilitator Contact: 

Nick Tahran
Harper Houf Peterson Righellis

 


Business Development Roundtable

Focus: Those with at least 5 years of experience assuming the role of business development. Topics will cover creating opportunities to interact with your clients, getting buy-in from the ownership for your BD vision, exploring the differences and overlaps between “business development” and “marketing,” and much more.

Facilitator Contact: 

Beth Flanagan
Alta Planning + Design

 


Coordinators Corner (aka “Marketer’s Therapy Roundtable” )

Focus: Marketing coordinators, senior coordinators, and proposal coordinators. We will discuss proposal coordination challenges such as proposal strategies, storyboarding, infographics, proposal tracking, RFP response topics, and managing proposal groups. Topics TBD by the group.

Facilitator Contacts:

Katrina Tran
Holst Architecture

 

Kristen Roche
PBS Engineering and Environmental

 


Leaders Unite

Focus: Marketing managers, directors, CMO’s, principals, and those who oversee marketing or business development activities within their firm. Example focus areas include challenges around marketing planning, team management, metrics and measurements, internal marketing, leadership transitions, and communication for HR/recruiting/retention). Topics TBD by the group.

Facilitator Contact: 

Abigail Carlen, LEED AP BD+C
Holst Architecture

 


Mentorship Roundtable

Focus: Those who are new to SMPS and/or new to professional services marketing. During the year, members of the program will participate in group discussion, as well as engage in one-on-one mentorship with senior members of our chapter. Topics covered vary from the basics of professional services marketing to personal growth and career development. Exact topics TBD by the incoming mentee group.

This program needs both mentees and mentors to succeed, so senior marketers please consider joining as mentors as well. We encourage all mentees who feel this will meet their needs to join, and we also encourage all mentors to volunteer to guide a mentee (including those who may have in the past who felt they couldn’t commit due to bi-monthly meeting times). 

Facilitator Contacts: 
Tanya Boyer, CPSM
OTAK

 

Christina Shaw
Century West Engineering

 


Senior Marketers Roundtable

Focus: Marketing and business development professionals with 7+ years of experience to share lessons learned and best practices as senior members of their firms’ marketing and business development teams. Join us to discuss topics like strategic planning & budgets, HR and marketing collaboration, internal marketing, branding, marketing communications, managing and mentoring, keeping rainmakers engaged, and even a marketing book club. If you’ve got the desire to network with like-minded marketing and business development professionals, discuss industry trends, and rejuvenate your mind with engaging perspectives from your peers, then this is the roundtable for you.

Facilitator Contact: 

Nicole D. Haman, CPSM, LEED AP
AKS Engineering & Forestry


We hope that there is a roundtable for everyone. Members may join throughout the year if space is available. If you have ideas of future roundtables or if groups are so full that we need to consider a second group, let’s chat. Email Kelly Johnson, 3J Consulting.