What It Is.
Brews and Brands is a monthly meeting of like-minded marketing and sales professionals. Hosted in the meeting space at Against the Grain, it’s a relaxed setting for the free exchange of marketing ideas, challenges and more, all over a refreshing beverage or three. Each session will be loosely facilitated around a particular “topic of the month,” but we’ll go wherever the conversation takes us.
What It Isn’t.
Brews and Brands is not a networking group. Rather, it’s a small, informal gathering of marketing folks who like to learn, grow, absorb, create, rethink and reimagine. The goal is to leave each month refreshed (by both the craft goodness brewed by Against the Grain and the company) and inspired. That’s it. Will you make some new friends? Sure. But the free exchange of ideas is the primary goal.
Who Can Come?
The objective is to limit each monthly group to 15 or 20 people at most — enough to bring diverse points of view and different levels of expertise and experience, but not so many that it loses that small group vibe that keeps conversation flowing. We may tinker with that number over time until we settle on what seems to work best. Initially, only one person from a specific niche can attend — for example, only one hospital marketing professional or one bank marketer. (This is to ensure that no one has a direct competitor in the room, so everyone feels more comfortable discussing dilemmas, strategies or ideas.) If you can’t make it one month, we ask that you let us know. The plan is to create a “waiting list,” so that those who would like to take part can do so if one of the “regulars” is leaving a seat vacant that month.
Expectations? There are three.
Second, we ask that you try to make it every month. The group will flourish more fully if we have consistent participation from people who have the chance to get to know one another. If you cannot make a month, we ask that you email us from this website soon enough that we can let someone else enjoy the seat that month.
Third, we ask that you participate in the conversation, and that you do so in a friendly and respectful fashion. There’s nothing worse than a group where one person tries to dominate the discussion or dismisses another’s ideas.
How to Join.
There’s no charge for Brews and Brands, but we do ask that you register in advance. Just sign up through Eventbrite. You’ll get reminder notifications as the dates approach.
Have questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and your contact information. We’ll get right back to you.
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