Social Chair blog photo

If you ask many of us at T&C what our favorite part of office life is, besides the work we get to do for our clients, chances are we’ll give you two words: “my coworkers.” Heading to work every day with a team that has your back through thick and thin, who will celebrate your successes and support you through times of crisis fosters the type of workspace that I’ve always felt lucky to be a part of.

Of course, this type of culture doesn’t cultivate itself. You can’t find it everywhere because it takes a little extra work and attention to detail. Heading up this effort is the T&C social chair, a position that comes with a yearlong tenure and a very important task – to be the guiding force in everything social, from celebrating birthdays to welcoming new team members to planning the annual company retreat.

As we take steps into a new year, we’re welcoming a brand new social chair – and this time it’s double the fun. Account coordinators Kelsey Fiedler and Kailee Wallis have officially been passed the social chair torch and are ready to make the role their own. Here are some words of wisdom from past T&C social chairs:

“Being social chair is a fun way to get to know the entire T&C team and learn what makes them feel special. Remember that even the smallest things can make a difference when they are personal!” – Liz Baker, 2014 social chair

“At T&C, birthday celebrations don’t mean a big sheet cake in the break room. They mean a potluck themed exactly to your specific tastes and/or dietary restrictions, your face Photoshopped onto your favorite singer’s body and maybe even a surprise visit from your canine companion. Take notes, and pay attention to details.” – Shannon Sadler, 2017 social chair

“That secret Pinterest board full of event, decor and DIY ideas you’ve been hiding away? Now’s your chance to bring them to life, ladies! Now, grab a storage bin to throw all your excess items in for later and remember that T&C’ers love coffee, a good time and anything with small, personal touches. Good luck!” – Nikkie Viotto, 2016 social chair

From the birthday love to a meal train during tough times to celebrating life milestones, the social chair helps make T&C a place where every employee feels valued and appreciated.

– Emily McLaughlin, Anchorage office

TC_gift guide blog

It’s less than a week to Christmas; do you know where your gifts are? No judgment here if you’ve waited until the eleventh hour to finish up your shopping, but time is running out. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a roundup of some of our favorite gift ideas from The Alaska 100 gift guide series. Checking your list twice should be a no-brainer after skimming through these ideas! … READ MORE


New advocacy and public affairs agency to open in the new year

Blueprint Alaska aims to impact public policy and tackle tough issues

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A new public affairs and advocacy agency is launching in Alaska, with deep roots and expertise in public relations, strategic communications and public policy. Jennifer Thompson, owner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency called Blueprint Alaska on Jan. 1, 2018. Thompson has hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR, to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president/CEO, providing clients with years of experience in government relations, issues management, advocacy, and strategic communications counsel. … READ MORE

Facebook frames

Facebook frames can take your well-thought-out social media campaign to the next level. If you’re not nodding your head already, you might be wondering what exactly a Facebook frame is. Users who want to support a cause or sports team, or celebrate a holiday, for example, can change their profile photo for an allotted amount of time by utilizing a frame. Frames can also be used within the Facebook camera app much like filters on Snapchat. … READ MORE


Bursting with local culture, beautiful landscapes and endless opportunities for adventure, Alaska is a special place that deserves its own kind of news. As the world continues to evolve, everything moves at a seemingly faster pace. Access to information has never been easier; but, with so much information at our disposal, time to consume it remains a hot commodity. … READ MORE


My Life Today: A Cancer Survivor Series  

When Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers (AVRTC), the state’s most advanced radiation oncology treatment, wanted to let prospective patients, families and providers know about benefits of their services, they let their patients do the talking. Their stories of why they needed to beat cancer were far more powerful than the technology that made it possible. … READ MORE

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