Special Events

More than 150 supporters attended the inaugural event STAND UP FOR INNOCENCE: a night of comedy benefiting the Innocence Project of Florida. The event was co-chaired by Michael Dutko and Adele Stone.

innocence project

It was a night mostly filled with laughter, but a serious moment came when the organization recognized DNA exonerees Anthony Caravella, Luis Diaz and Wilton Dedge, who collectively spent nearly 75 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. (more…)

by Don Silver

Boardroom Communications is proud to be the event sponsor for an Evening with Dave Barry on April 8 at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale to benefit BrowardBulldog.org.


Join us for cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 6 p.m., where Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry will discuss his new book and answer your questions. The event will end with a book signing.

Tickets are available and range from $30 to $90 (VIP Cocktail Reception) and can be purchased at davebarry.eventbrite.com.

All of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, investigative online newspaper, Broward Bulldog.

We are looking forward to spending a great evening with you!


Florida’s Children First (FCF), the statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, will recognize Broward County child advocates and former foster children at FCF’s 12th annual Broward awards reception today, Thursday, February 27, 2014. Community and business leaders, and all other persons concerned about the future of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children, will be in attendance. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale.

Receiving the 2014 “Child Advocate of the Year” award is the Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County. The CSC is focused on Broward’s children by providing leadership, advocacy and funding for services for and on behalf of children. Forever Family Bella’s Group will receive the special “Youth Inspiration Award.” Created by Isabella and Gabriella Glazer, two young girls who have overcome great adversity, Forever Family Bella’s Group has become a profitable charity group that encourages and permits children who are raised by their grandparents (or, sometimes, other relatives) to interact with other children who are in similar circumstances.

Among this year’s “Youth Advocate Award” recipients are Taevon Pierre and Aaron Dames.

The 110 Tower is located at 110 SE 6TH Street in Fort Lauderdale. A $100 contribution is suggested, with all proceeds to benefit Florida’s Children First. To RSVP, call 954-796-0860, send an email to fcf@floridaschildrenfirst.org or you can visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org.


From any South Florida public relations firm to nationally recognized marketing agencies, it’s the audible heard round the league. And now, in at least one Nebraska marketing department. When Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls “Omaha!” from the field, he’s changing up his play. The people at Omaha Steaks also heard the call. And in a savvy game of “newsjacking,” the meat company is hoping to toss a marketing hail Mary.

Not to mix sports metaphors, but the provisioner could have a marketing slam dunk on its hands. For any South Florida retailer, a Boca Raton restaurant or Miami hotelier, stealing a page from Omaha Steaks’ guerrilla playbook could be a smart marketing audible of its own. And it doesn’t require a sports business MBA to have figured it out.


On January 21, Boardroom’s COO Don Silver will speak to the Miami Beach Bar Association on the traditional and online options for fine tuning the marketing and development of a legal practice. He will be discussing public relations, social media, web marketing and traditional relationship development techniques for today’s complex marketplace.


By Donald Silver

In the not-so-distant past, you could send out a few emails and do some offline advertising, and people would come to your event. Today people are busier than ever, and you need to work harder to get them interested in attending your event. Our South Florida public relations team knows that using social media is a great way to make your event a success.

Planning Your Event

Before you start promoting your event through social media, make sure you have the following in place:

1. A Great Registration Page

An exciting and engaging registration page will help you “close the sale” for people on the fence about attending your event. Include videos, photos, and articles. Make sure you add social media “share” buttons on this page, so viewers can share the event information with their networks. This page will also be the place where you will include photos, videos and information after the event.

2. Your Social Media Plan

Create a social media calendar to determine your social media activities before, during, and after the event. Start promoting your event as early as possible, preferably a few months prior to the event. Increase your social media activities as you get closer to the event date. (more…)

Julie Talenfeld, founder and president of South Florida public relations, marketing, social media and advertising firm Boardroom Communications, has been named to the list of 2013 Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal. She is one of 25 women in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties whose work has made a difference in the business and civic communities.

A special section will appear in the newspaper’s July 26 edition, and honorees will be recognized at a September 13 event at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood.

According to the Business Journal: “This program honors your strong record of leadership, performance and innovation in your industry, plus meaningful community involvement.”


Michael Connelly and Oline Cogdill at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

As a soggy, wet afternoon turned into a beautiful night, more than 100 people attended the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale for “An Evening with Michael Connelly,” hosted by Nova Southeastern University and Boardroom Communications. The proceeds of the event benefited Broward Bulldog, a non-profit, online, independent newspaper, which focuses on investigative reporting.

Michael Connelly captivated the audience with his soft voice and warm demeanor, as he spoke about his novels and his inspiration for writing crime novels. The South Florida native also discussed starting his career as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel. The event was moderated by mystery fiction columnist Oline Cogdill.

The evening was followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing. Mr. Connelly shook hands and signed his books. It lasted over 90 minutes.

We would like to thank Michael Connelly, Broward Bulldog and everyone who attended last night. You helped make it a great evening!

Best-selling author Michael Connelly

Hope to see you on Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. for a night with New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Come sip on some wine, hear from a great author and support Broward Bulldog’s mission to preserve high quality investigative journalism in South Florida.

Best known for his crime-fiction novels “The Black Book,” The Black Echo,” and “The Reversal,” Connelly, a South Florida native, began his career as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel before moving to Los Angeles to pursue dreams of becoming a published author.

Tickets are available from $20 to $75 (VIP Reception) at bulldogevent.eventbrite.com. All of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit, investigative online newspaper, Broward Bulldog.

Looking forward to a great evening!

Tropical Financial Credit Union Spokester Candidates

Boardroom Communications client Tropical Financial Credit Union is one step closer to picking a new face to connect with young adults on personal finance issues.  For the past month, the Miramar-based credit union has been soliciting entries for a full-time “Spokester” who will be assigned to communicate with this so-called Millennial generation primarily through social media.  Interested candidates were required to submit a video describing why they would be the best candidate for the position, and they were required to write a short blog on any financial topic of their choosing.  Now that all of the entries have been submitted to www.YoungFreeFlorida.com, it’s the public’s turn to vote on their favorite and help determine who should land this dream job.  Voting will be open until May 17 at 3pm.  Click here to view the candidates and to vote for your favorite.  Boardroom Communications wishes good luck to all!

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