The New Facebook

By Carlee Gettman Facebook has recently undergone a complete redesign. If you haven’t seen it on your personal page yet, you will soon. The global platform has avoided a dramatic change-up in framework since the dawn of its creation, but with time comes the need for change.  ‘The New Facebook’ or FB5, was designed as a solution to recent controversy about Facebook’s past privacy and security standards. The platform is shifting its focus to private-based communication. “The future is private,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, at his recent F8 developer conference keynote.  This next chapter for Facebook incorporates an extensive shift in personal privacy settings. Users are able to retake control of who has access to their posts and account. If you haven’t been able to share or view someone’s post, it is most likely due to the updated settings. The company also hinted at being more active in monitoring what is published on the site. This comes as a highly anticipated feature for...
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UNLV Alumna of the Year

UNLV Alumna of the Year

An award from your alma mater is one of the highest forms of praise a professional can receive. After decades of volunteer service and professional contributions in the field of public relations, Sarah Thornton, APR was recognized the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affair’s Alumna of the Year Award on November 14, 2019. Sarah Thornton, APR at Lake Las Vegas. Sarah joins a prestigious group of recipients of this award. Among those, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a four-time Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild honoree, government officials, and other esteemed professionals. Sarah was selected to receive this honor for her extensive work supporting local non-profits and advancing the field of public relations. Graduating in 1996, Sarah earned her bachelor’s in communications studies from UNLV. She worked in the field for 11 years before opening her firm – Sarah Thornton Public Relations. In 2019, she rebranded her firm to Connected Communications as her agency has grown to serve the needs of her clients. Her firm has helped...
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Firm Announces New Name: Connected Communications

Sarah Thornton Public Relations, a public relations and social media management firm based in Las Vegas, has rebranded under a new name, Connected Communications and also named Whitney Ogden public relations specialist. Connected Communications is a locally grown firm with services including media relations, strategic planning, marketing, special events, business development, community relations and social media management. Sarah Thornton started the business in Las Vegas in 2007 and currently represents clients in industries including professional services, real estate, law, engineering and finance. The firm also offers public relations services to local non-profits Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas, High Rollers Adaptive Sports Foundation and Family to Family Connection. Thornton has been working in public relations since 1994 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Thornton was awarded Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, a distinction held by only 15 percent of public relations professionals within the society’s global membership. In 2011, she...
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Winner of Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner of Volunteer of the Year Award

On December 13, 2018, the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) honored volunteers and elected leaders during the CCBA’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Annual Meeting sponsored by Bank of Nevada and held at Grotto Ristorante inside the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.  Photo from the event may be viewed online at https://photos.app.goo.gl/UtSxEhtQ9updQpHGA. Highlights of the awards and the election follow. CCBA President John Aldrich welcomed guests, presented awards to volunteers, and thanked his colleagues for their membership and support of the association during 2018. Featured speaker Nevada Supreme Court Justice Elect Elissa Cadish shared her thoughts about judicial independence and the justice system and encouraged attorneys to continue the discussion with colleagues, friends, and the public. Bank of Nevada Vice President/Loan Officer Jeff Miracle invited bar members to learn more about the bank’s professional banking services available to law firms. Bank of Nevada and First Independent Bank, divisions of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, have increased the amount of interest paid on Lawyer Trust Accounts, known as IOLTA funds, which are used...
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Girl Boss Monday Blog Feature

It was wonderful working with Orlagh Shanks who is a PR student at Liverpool John Moores University. In her free time she runs a blog centered on PR and how to be successful in the business world.  I was honored to have her ask me to participate in her blog series.  She asked me a series of questions regarding my business and has posted them to her blog.  For the full interview please visit http://orlaghclaire.com/girlbossmonday/sarah-thornton/.  #GirlBossMonday...
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Over 67,000 New Toys, Shots and Meal Vouchers Given Away

at the 7th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop Denver non-profit organization Dolls For Daughters gave 66,786 toys, books, winter jackets and other items to 4,609 Colorado children in need at its 7th Annual Dolls For Daughters and Toys For Boys Toy Shop on December 3. Dolls For Daughters was founded by Jessica Bachus in 2007 in honor of her daughter Kenzi who was stillborn. It is now one of the state’s largest providers for underprivileged children during the holidays. This was the first year the Toy Shop expanded from Denver into Ft. Collins and Longmont, where more than 1,000 additional children were served between the two locations.“I feel so incredibly thankful toeveryone who made this year’s Toy Shops such overwhelming successes,” said Bachus, who also serves as executive director. “The generosity of more than 400 volunteers and dozens of sponsors has made a difference to the children and their families. I am humbled that my daughter’s memory lives on...
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Thank you to our IABC-Colorado 2016 Board of Directors

As Past President of the IABC-Colorado Board, I am proud to announce that our chapter started a new board term in July.  The board of directors is in the process of transitioning between the two terms. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to our 2015-2016 board, which included Sherry Boyd, Cathy Chase, Melanie Rice, ABC, Kimberly Kovacich, Jay Thomas, Deanna Geldins, Jo Solonika, ABC and Susan Caron.  Many of these talented and dedicated professionals will also be serving on the chapter’s 2016-2017 board. We had some significant chapter accomplishments in the past year, and this leadership team played a great part in that. Among our achievements was hosting a very successful IABC Southern Region conference in October.  Our professional development team planned insightful and educational Lunch and Learn programs in partnership with our chapter sponsors at the University of Denver’s University College. Our communication team updated the IABC Colorado website and launched a new email platform. And our administration team set up a new internal communication software which will help the Colorado IABC chapter track all internal board documents moving forward.  I’m so...
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IABC-Colorado Call for Nominations

As the chapter president of IABC-Colorado, it is with great pleasure that we announce our Call for Nominations for the 2016-2017 board of directors. Are you or someone you know a good candidate for a chapter Board of Directors position? IABC Colorado is seeking nominees for the chapter’s Board of Directors. Service on the board provides members with an avenue to demonstrate leadership, meet other business communicators throughout the association, gain professional experience in new areas and uncover new career opportunities. 2016/2017 nominations are being accepted now through Thursday, April 21.  Nominees must meet the following criteria: Passionate about business communications A member in good standing of IABC and IABC Colorado Have prior volunteer leadership experience in IABC or another organization Willing and able to commit to the roles and responsibilities of the role Available for monthly one-hour meetings as well as two half-day strategic planning sessions during the term that runs from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017 Members may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of IABC Colorado. The IABC Colorado Nominating Committee...
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