I’m not sure about you, but I’m in disbelief that it’s November already…..

Where did the year go so quickly?! As Thanksgiving nears and temps continue to drop, it feels slightly bitter-sweet to be digging out the winter layers and jackets (or buying new ones!) and preparing for more time indoors. I will say that I’m a sucker for the Northeastern “fall” and the enchanting holiday season that follows… the parties, visitors, food, shopping and festive spirit completely takes me over from October through January!

With all that being said, it’s hard to think ahead without first looking back on some really exciting things that happened in October for us.

Last week was a particularly big deal both for AWNY and greater New York, with some big celebrations happening. The more obvious was Halloween, coupled with the “fall-back” winter time-change and NYC Marathon on Sunday. One of our own, AWNY Committee member, Mel Bickford, joined the 50,000+ competitors to brave the chill and run her first NYC Marathon and shared some of her experience here with us. What a thrill for her and so many others. Huge congrats to everyone who raced and/or showed up and supported!

The other big celebration from last week was the announcement of the winner of our ‘Design our Logo Competition’ at our Rebranding AWNY/ Rebranding You event. There were three logos selected as finalists and our members voted for the winning logo. Our winner designer is Phil Smith an Australian expat who is working at The Mixx as an Art Director. The Mixx is a strategic branding, marketing and communications agency in NYC that is proudly certified woman- and LGBT-owned. Phil has delivered creative projects for clients including Pfizer, Mercedes-Benz, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Deloitte, and Diageo. His focus is on digital creative and user experience. Hailing from Sydney, he has lived and worked in NYC since 2010. The winning design was Finalist 1, more information about the winning designer and design concept will be on the blog in November.

Our event Rebranding AWNY/ Rebranding You was also an opportunity for us to present the development of AWNY’s Communications relaunch; including our new newsletter format, blog and social media channels. Guest speaker was Zahrina Robertson from Sydney who shared some of her strategies about building a personal brand.

Our blog is becoming more active every month and so check it out for ongoing updates of what we’ve been up to and what we have planned, along with some great advice and reviews. This month we had a review on a new Kiwi cafe Happy Bones as well as an article about Moving to NYC. Our Communications team are always looking for additional content for the blog, so if you have a story or an idea that you’d like to share please let us know by emailing awny@aaanyc.org .

Wherever you are for Thanksgiving I wish you all the very best. Read on here for all the updates on what’s happening in NYC in November.

Kind regards,

Shannon Marshall