Our event logistics team recently returned from a week in Denver, where they provided onsite event management for the DesignLights Consortium’s annual stakeholder meeting. Held at the historic Brown Palace Hotel, the meeting boasted over 250 attendees, 17 sponsor exhibits, and two networking receptions, including one at the Denver Aquarium. Work on the meeting began over six months ago and involved near-daily communications with the client and hotel on tasks as diverse as site visits and negotiation, vendor selection and coordination, materials development and printing, menu selection, and budget monitoring. Congratulations to the team and to the client on a successful event!
We are pleased to announce that our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” video produced for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was selected as a winner at the 37th annual Telly Awards! With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” was shot at the Food Bank warehouse and other locations around Pittsburgh and includes on-camera interviews with CEO Lisa Scales and members of her staff as well as people in the community who rely on the Food Bank when times are tough. The video has been used for fundraising purposes since its completion in the summer of 2015.
Check out the video here.
Last week, a team of Akoyans traveled to Santa Clara, California, to provide event support for the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program’s second annual Connected Lighting Systems Workshop, held June 8–9. The workshop is the culmination of six months of preparation on Akoya’s part—from agenda planning to speaker coordination, and from materials development to marketing e-blasts. A leading-edge phenomenon that cuts across multiple technologies, connected lighting is already starting to transform the very definition of what lighting is and could be, and Akoya has created an exciting new section of the DOE solid-state lighting website that’s devoted to the topic. Featuring an Akoya-created animation, it can be found at http://www.energy.gov/eere/ssl/connected-lighting-systems.
Akoya is pleased to welcome three new staff members to our Military Health System (MHS) team. Carrie Petershagen joins the MHS team as the Communications Director of Puget Sound Military Health System in Washington State. Carrie brings 14 years of communications, marketing, and project management experience. In her new position she’ll provide support for the Department of Defense’s Enhanced Multi-Service Market and develop communications campaigns about health care services.
Karen Lewis recently joined our MHS team as an account manager in health care operations. Karen has a diverse background in business development and sales. As an account manager in health care operations, she’s part of a multidisciplinary team supporting MHS strategic communications.
Another recent addition to Akoya’s MHS team is Jennifer Benitz. As a staff writer for health.mil, Jennifer researches, writes and edits a wide range of content related to the Military Health System for internal and external audiences. Before joining Akoya, she worked as a staff writer for Army Magazine.
The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) has recognized Akoya’s design and writing prowess with two Communicator Awards of Distinction for the first-ever annual report of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI), of Carnegie Mellon University. DHTI funds multi-disciplinary research that seeks to improve the affordability, simplicity, and accessibility of health care.
In February, a team of Akoyans traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, to provide event support for the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program’s 13th annual R&D Workshop, which was held over a three-day period. Six months of planning and preparation culminated in the event, which drew more than 250 lighting leaders from across the country and even points beyond—including China, India, Europe, and Mexico. From agenda and tour planning to speaker coordination, from materials development to marketing e-blasts, and from video recording to live tweeting, Akoya played a critical part in ensuring the success of this important industry conference. A summary of the event can be found here: http://energy.gov/eere/ssl/thirteenth-annual-solid-state-lighting-rd-workshop.
Next up for Akoya: DOE’s Connected Lighting Systems Workshop in Santa Clara, CA, June 8-9: http://energy.gov/eere/ssl/connected-lighting-systems-workshop
Akoya is pleased to welcome Matthew Swift. Matthew is a writer for Akoya’s Military Health System (MHS) contract, developing story ideas and content about the MHS for the health.mil website. He brings 10 years of journalism and editing experience.
Neal Fisher, a retired Marine, recently joined our MHS team and provides communications planning to the Air Force Medical Service public affairs office of the Surgeon General. Neal brings more than 25 years of career expertise in strategic planning, crisis communications, and reputation management.
We are thrilled to officially welcome Matthew and Neal to the team!
Akoya was recently awarded a contract to support Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Annual Stakeholder Meeting to be held this August in Denver, CO. DLC provides the energy efficiency and solid state lighting markets with critical resources to advance the market transformation of high-efficiency commercial lighting products. Akoya will design key graphics, support stakeholder outreach to engage market players across the lighting industry, and provide comprehensive logistics support for the event that runs three days and draws 250 attendees.
In late November, a team of Akoyans traveled to Portland, Oregon, to provide event support for the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program’s 10th annual Technology Development Workshop and inaugural Connected Lighting Systems Meeting, which were held over a three-day period. Six months of planning and preparation culminated in the consecutive events, which drew more than 320 attendees from the lighting, semiconductor, and IT industries as well as many others. From agenda and tour planning to speaker coordination, from materials development to marketing e-blasts, and from video recording to live tweeting, Akoya played a critical part in ensuring the success of these two conferences—all while planning the upcoming February R&D Workshop.
Akoya’s Military Health System (MHS) team welcomes Paul Bello. Paul has a diverse background in public affairs and journalism. As part of the MHS team, Paul will provide strategic outreach support and tactical communications planning and assist in management of special events.
Shawn Woodbridge recently joined our MHS team as Communications Planner for Operation Live Well (OLW), the Department of Defense’s initiative to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community by promoting a healthy lifestyle.Shawn brings more than 27 years’ experience in communications planning and implementation for the Federal Government and U.S. Army. As account manager for OLW, Shawn strategizes communications to all the audiences served by OLW.
Akoya is excited to begin supporting the Air Force Medical Service program under our existing DoD Military Health System (MHS) contract. Akoya will develop strategic plans and communications tools, create and execute crisis communications plans, and provide media relations support for the Public Affairs Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force.
Akoya and Crosby Marketing Communications were recently awarded a 14-month contract to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Transplantation. Akoya is pleased to join Crosby as a subcontractor to HRSA’s Public and Professional Education Outreach for Organ Donation contract.
Akoya will continue to support HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) campaign, from recruiting a considerable portion of the 13,000 existing partners to planning and implementing call-to-action campaigns that have helped increase the number of designated donors, to building relationships with OPOs, DLA, AHA, and other stakeholders associated with organ donation. The Akoya-supported hospital campaign alone has registered 350,000 designated donors.