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The Future of Women in Communications: Trends, Opportunities, and Innovations

April 24 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT

Join us for an insightful and empowering panel discussion on “The Future of Women in Communications: Trends, Opportunities, and Innovations” at our upcoming AWCSF Late Lunch Meetup, powered by GoBrunch. This virtual event, held in our co-working spaces in GoBrunch, brings together a diverse group of industry leaders, innovators, and rising stars to explore the latest developments and challenges shaping the future of women in the communications field.

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker and panelist, Terri Nakamura, an author, award-winning graphic designer, content creator, and social media aficionado. Terri’s book, “Blogging on Instagram: Engagement Writing on One of the World’s Best Social Media Platforms,” explores the intersection of social media and blogging, teaching readers how to craft images and captions that foster real interaction and organically grow their follower base. With her extensive experience and expertise, Terri will share valuable insights on the future of women in communications and the power of engagement writing on social media platforms.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Emily Taffel-Cohen, a marketing and publicity consultant, best known as the founder of Mugsy PR. Emily is also an experiential event planner, writer, wedding officiant, feminist t-shirt maker, performer, road trip enthusiast, and avid car singer. She is the Communications Director for the Association for Women in Communications South Florida chapter and a volunteer with Speak Up For Kids PBC. Emily is the author of her first book, “Don’t Limit Me On What I Can Be”, which aims to inspire children to learn about, and be open to, ALL the opportunities life holds.

Panelist 1: Terri Nakamura, in addition to delivering the keynote speech, will also be part of the panel discussion, sharing her insights and experiences as an author, graphic designer, content creator, and social media expert. Her unique perspective on the intersection of social media and blogging will provide valuable takeaways for attendees looking to engage their audience and grow their online presence.

Panelist 2: Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Broken Places (one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2015” top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Book Festivals), and the multi-award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She released her third Broken book, Broken People, in 2021, which won best in category (biography) for the Indie Excellence Awards. Rachel owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. She is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs, the weekly live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, and #BookMarketingChat, helping authors learn all kinds of great tips to market their books!

Panelist 3: Award-winning communication strategist Tonya Scholz spearheads innovative campaigns using emerging technologies while utilizing AI. As founder of kNOw-AGING in 2006, Scholz demonstrated thought leadership by championing social media marketing in 2007 and live streaming in 2009, leading her to launch the weekday talk show Social Chats in 2010. In 2022, Scholz gained expertise in the metaverse and integrated artificial intelligence into her work. She has been using the WEB 3.0 platform to promote NFTs art, music, and film since 2021. As of today, she is an immersive dev/marketing expert using the GoBrunch platform. Scholz is passionate about getting to know people and making connections across communication channels.

Panelist 4: Angela Silva, a 29-year-old rising star in the communications industry, is part of the GoBrunch team working in social media, content creation, and digital marketing. Currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Director of Publicity and Marketing, Angela brings a fresh perspective to the panel. Based in Lima, Peru, she is passionate about the latest trends in social media, AI, and digital marketing. Angela’s diverse hobbies, including reading, painting, watching anime, playing video games, and going to the gym, showcase her well-rounded approach to life and communications. Her love for animals, nature, and practices like meditation and art highlight the importance of balance and creativity in the fast-paced world of communications.

Our expert panelists will share their observations and predictions on emerging trends, such as digital transformation, data-driven strategies, and the rise of social media, and how these trends will impact women in the industry. They will also identify new opportunities for women in communications, including leadership roles, entrepreneurship, and specializations in high-growth areas like content creation, data analytics, and strategic planning.

Attendees will gain valuable insights on technological innovations and new skills crucial for success in the future of communications, as well as advice on how to stay ahead of the curve, upskill, and adapt to the changing landscape. The panel will also address potential challenges women may face, such as the gender pay gap, work-life balance, and unconscious bias, and share strategies and solutions for overcoming these obstacles and creating a more equitable and supportive industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and engage with our distinguished panelists, keynote speaker Terri Nakamura, and moderator Emily Taffel-Cohen through an interactive Q&A session. You’ll walk away with actionable advice and fresh perspectives to help you navigate and thrive in the dynamic world of communications.


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Virtual Networking and Check-In

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm: Welcome Address and Introduction of Panelists

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm: Keynote Speech by Terri Nakamura

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

– Moderator:

Emily Taffel-Cohen

– Panelists:

Terri Nakamura, Rachel Thompson, Angela Silva and Tonya Scholz

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Closing Remarks and Call to Action

About Terri Nakamura:

Terri Nakamura is a third-generation Japanese American (sansei) who has lived in Seattle for more than 60 years. In her mid-60s, she went back to college to earn an AA in digital marketing and, at age 68, published her first book in paperback and eBook formats. Terri’s book, “Blogging on Instagram: Engagement Writing on One of the World’s Best Social Media Platforms,” debuted at #1 across 10 categories when it launched on Amazon. She is currently working on an audiobook and a nonfiction book tentatively slated to debut as a serialized entry on the Kindle Vella platform.