Join us: Don’t Ban Equality

Brenda Thompson Communications is one of more than 50 companies that signed an open letter denouncing Texas’ near-total ban on abortion, saying restrictions on reproductive care will be bad for business and hurt workers, customers, and the state’s economy.

This article in Forbes Magazine lists the companies.

The cost of state-level restrictions on abortion to state economies is $105 billion, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The letter marks the largest outcry yet from the business community against Texas’ controversial Senate Bill 8, which effectively bans abortion in Texas. Several other states are considering copycat bills.

Companies can add their name to the letter at the Don’t Ban Equality website.


Allison Baron promoted to Account Director

Congratulations to Allison Baron on being promoted to Account Director! Allison is involved with all of Brenda Thompson Communications’ clients, manages several accounts, and supervises contract labor. She’s especially skilled at media relations, social media strategy, and content creation; and also serves as our firm’s resident millennial.  Read more

Blockchain could change everything, Brenda Thompson writes for the PRConsultants Group blog

What is blockchain and how is it impacting the PR industry? Brenda Thompson Communications gives an overview on the PR Consultants Group blog in this post entitled “Blockchain could change everything–including PR.” Click below to read the full story.  Read more

Meet our new PR assistant, Tiffany Winters!

Our new PR assistant Tiffany Winters is a third-year student at the University of Texas- Austin, majoring in corporate communications with a concentration in business and a minor in Spanish. We’re excited to have her join the Brenda Thompson Communications team! Get to know her through this brief Q&A…

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Brenda Thompson Communications celebrates 14th anniversary

Happy 14th anniversary to us! And thank you to our wonderful clients, colleagues, friends (and pets), many represented in the collection of photos below dating back to 2003.  Read more

Austin’s first family of lingerie featured in the Austin American-Statesman

Austin’s first family of lingerie have owned and operated Petticoat Fair for a half-century, serving women at all stages of life with expert fitting services and an incredible selection of intimate apparel. Check out the story by Michael Barnes and photos by Deborah Cannon in the Austin American-Statesman:

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Meet our new administrative assistant, Eric Moe!

Eric is a design major at the University of Texas, and new to the world of public relations. We’re excited to have Eric working with us. Get to know him through this brief Q&A.

Where are you from?

I have lived in Austin, Texas my entire life! I love this town and am almost adjusted to the heat and traffic, so I figure I may as well stick around.

Why did you choose to study design?

Even as a little kid I loved art— specifically fulfilling drawing requests from fellow classmates. I have always been drawn to the idea of taking the beginning of an concept and developing it to completion. When I realized there’s an entire profession dedicated to this concept, I had to go for it! Plus. I have a deep love for typefaces and typography.

How do you make the transition from design to public relations?

Well, in a strange way I don’t think they are all that different. You have to create appealing content for a client that reaches a large number of people in both scenarios, right? I have decided the best way to make that transition is to stay flexible and open to learning new things.

What do you do in your spare time?

I probably spend more money weekly on Barton Springs than the average college student spends on coffee! Other than that, I always have a personal art project to work on or a library book to read.

What is your favorite social media site?

Someone once told me Instagram is the most pleasant social media site, and I think that’s pretty accurate as far as my experience goes. At the very least, it is the photography, type, and cute animal fix in my life!

Where do you take people who are new to Austin?

I like food trailer parks because everyone can get something different and sometimes you will find a food truck that features the Austin take on a traveler’s favorite. After that, I like to do something outside like hiking the greenbelt, swimming at Barton Springs, or paddleboarding on Town Lake.

What was the most interesting art project you’ve ever completed?

I made a replica of a Greek statue out of cardboard for my sculpture class. Never again! One hundred hand-cut pieces assembled in six hours— next time I will just draw a Greek guy on the cardboard.

What is your dream job?

I like to say that I want to be as famous as Milton Glaser (which is only funny to design nerds who know that he came up with the I ♥ NY logo). I would be thrilled to be a renowned designer or art director. Another dream job would be to Photoshop fake pictures for The Onion, but they haven’t returned my emails.

Welcoming our newest client, Freedom Solar Power!

We’re excited to announce our newest client, Freedom Solar Power. Read more

Austin’s top chefs featured at Farm to Plate, May 11

SFC adds brand new VIP Hour experience hosted by Juniper to popular annual fundraiser; Tables on sale now!

More than 30 of Austin’s most acclaimed chefs will serve samples of their culinary creations at Sustainable Food Center’s ninth annual Farm to Plate on Wednesday, May 11 from 7- 9:30 p.m. at the historic Barr Mansion.

Farm to Plate focuses exclusively on locally grown and produced food. All of the participating chefs have shown a commitment to using food from local sources, in line with SFC’s mission. Read more

HRC Austin announces honorees for 2016 Gala 

Austin’s first transgender police officer Gregory Abbink to receive Visibility Award; Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz to be honored

Gregory AbbinkCelebrating its 21st year, the Human Rights Campaign Austin’s annual Gala has been one of the most successful in the country, raising record funding to support civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, and receiving national recognition. The black-tie event will be held at the J.W. Marriott on Saturday, January 30th, at 7 p.m., with approximately 700 people expected to attend.

This year’s theme, On the Shoulders of Giants, is intended to recognize every person who helped make 2015 a banner year for LGBT equality, according to co-chairs Lyn
n Currie and Matt Smith.
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