Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kathy Price is the Communications Candidate Running for CEC15

My name is Kathy Price and I'm running for public office in New York City.  It would be an honor to be elected by our PTA members to become part of the Community Education Council of District 15 in Brooklyn (CEC15).  

If elected to be a CEC15 member, I will be a clear communicatorcommunity connector, and spirited celebrator.  I will help connect CEC15 with the district schools and parents, so there is an even greater sense of partnership and sharing of best practices.  I will enhance communication strategies through technology, so schools and parents feel increased access to the CEC, and I will celebrate the successes of our schools, our kids and CEC15.  Connecting, communicating and celebrating our community represent several of my core values as an individual.  I have the time and availability to dedicate to the CEC and it would be a great honor to represent District 15 as an elected volunteer.

Clear communication was the focus of my career for 20 years as a public relations professional.  I worked in senior communications roles at The New York Times, CNN and Harper's Magazine.  I also have an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.  I started working at CNN in 1996, the same year Fox News Channel and MSNBC launched, and part of my job was working successfully within a suddenly competitive landscape where CNN went from being the only 24-hour news network to one of three.  When I worked at The Times from 2000 to 2006, I helped strategically navigate the issues surrounding transitioning from being a print-focused and New York-centric newspaper to a digital and international news outlet.  At Harper's Magazine, where I was vice president of public relations from 2008 until 2011, I created and established a social media presence for a 160-year-old magazine, the oldest in America.  I'll bring the communications expertise of working at some of the most-respected media companies in the world to the CEC.  I will confidently speak to multiple stakeholders, amplify the voices of District 15, and make sure our community feels heard on important issues and developments that affect our district.  I also value communication on a personal and community level.  In 2013, I spoke up and helped make 9th Street safer by proposing to CVS that they create safety signage for their parking lot's driveway.  CVS agreed to implement my ideas and I worked with their corporate leadership team to create signage to alert drivers and pedestrians to the hidden driveway, helping the hundreds of people who walk on 9th Street every day.  

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thank You Week Love Letter No. 4: Loco for Local Community

Isn't it the worst when a company's marketing looks completely different from what your first-hand experience is with that company?  There's a house plant company called The Sill, which literally markets itself as the friendliest, happiest plant company in the world, making plants accessible and fun for all.  The concept was fresh two years ago, so I followed the company online as they grew from an online-only store to a real store.  When I excitedly went into their actual store a year ago for the first time, I was met with silence, curt answers to questions, a snide remark to a basic plant question, and an unwelcoming vibe.  The store felt nothing like the online marketing.  When I feel tricked by marketing, it's like, bye.  But when a company is what they say they are, I'm all in.  That's the idea behind this thank you series where I've been thanking the authentic companies in my life all week.  I want to do a little something to spread the word of people who are doing good and doing good business.

On day 1 of thank you week love letters, I recognized fitness companies that encourage real wellness, not shrinking bikini sizes.  On day 2, I pointed out a site that helps cut out the (physical and emotional) excess in our lives.  On day 3, I talked about early education resources that have been invaluable to our family.

Today, I appreciate organizations in my community: Capoeira Brooklyn and the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.  These are super local to me, whereas my other posts have mostly been nationally or even internationally accessible.  More than ever, though, I'm thinking about community on a smaller scale and wanting to surround myself with positivity...in my family, on my block, in my neighborhood, in my city, in my state, in my country!  But, community starts small.

I'm lucky to have Capoeira Brooklyn on my block.  My son has been learning this Brazilian martial arts with Mestre Foca since Greyson turned 3.  This capoeira studio isn't just teaching a skill or a sport to make a buck.  When a child or adult takes capoeira with Mestre Foca, he's also buying into a lot of good energy, a spirited community and a group that truly embraces all people.

Mestre Foca and his wife teach and practice capoeira and their two kids also practice the sport.  They don't just preach, they live it.  To me, this family represents the spirit and energy of capoeira.  I love that the whole family is dedicated to capoeira and they all share the love of it with the world.  Capoeira is not just martial arts, but it's also dance, music, culture and Brasil...and it's all the energy that those things represent.  It's love, it's community, it's fitness, it's so many things in one sport.

Tudo bem, Mestre Foca!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thank You Week Love Letter No. 3: Education Is Where You Find It

We made this quinzhee in Tinkergarten

The concept of Tinkergarten is simple:  early childhood learning through group play outside.  For me, the magic piece is that the nationwide parent-child classes are outside, in all but extreme weather conditions, allowing room to discover all the possibilities that the outdoors bring and connecting children with our environment.  Tinkergarten shows us that learning doesn't have to be in a classroom full of bought supplies...learning can be in nature's classroom with all the supplies you need right around you.  Tinkergarten encouraged our family connect with nature on a new level.  We now not just enjoy nature as a beautiful thing, but we also see nature as full of resources for fun and learning.  Through its simplicity, Tinkergarten changed our perspective for the better and has given our family a lifelong gift.

This is the third day in a week of shout outs and thank you's to outlets that have improved my life and my family's life.  (see Day 1 and Day 2)  I wanted to do my little bit to recognize companies that are trying add value to this world and do good business at the same time.  In a world where it's extremely hard to tell what's authentic and what's all facade and in a period where manipulation and deceit are standard business practices, I can't tell you how much I value authenticity, positivity and substance.  These things are hard to find and I latch on when I do.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thank You Week Love Letter No. 2: Maximalist about The Minimalists

We played the minimalism game and posted the stuff we got rid of on Instagram

The Minimalists say that living with less stuff (physical and emotional excess), makes room for the things (including physical objects) that add the most value to our lives.  Minimalism isn't about living like a monk, but about focusing on what adds real meaning.  What a radical concept.

This is the second day in a week of shout outs and thank you's to outlets that have improved my life and my family's life.  I wanted to do my little bit to recognize organizations that stand out to me as trying to do good and do good business at the same time.  In a time when it's extremely hard to tell what's authentic and what's all facade and in a period where manipulation and deceit seem to represent standard business practices, I can't tell you how much I value authenticity and positivity.  It's hard to find and I just latch on for dear life when I do.

Today, I'm sending an internet hug to the Minimalists, the two dudes who inspire people to live more meaningful lives with less stuff.  This post is actually inspired by the Minimalists in that they really make me appreciate the concept of non-material gifts and this post is a little gift to them.

The Minimalists reframe the idea of happiness and it has nothing to do with the collection of more stuff, more expensive stuff, bigger stuff or the latest stuff.  The Minimalists represent one of the few voices that challenge a world that screams that consumption will make us happy.  And equally important is their idea that the "keeping up with the Jones's" mentality not only leads to a vicious cycle of misery, but that focusing our energy on stuff acquisition keeps us from the experiences that truly add meaning to our lives.  If we're constantly chasing the thing to buy that will make us feel a sense of high for a moment, we'll have less energy to channel to our ideas, events, relationships, and experiences that are truly valuable.