Bikes, Babies and Beats: 20K 2K11 Recap, 01.09.2012

This time of year, everyone is posting (or has posted) their "Best Of" lists, and, while we like to think of ourselves as outrageously creative folk, we're suckers for a good recap. Without further ado--and in no particular order--our favorite 20K moments of 2011:  
  • Helped rebrand United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston as Easter Seals of Greater Houston to greater reflect the organization's broad range of services for people of all ages and with all kinds of disabilities and their families.
  • Celebrated our eighth year with Houston Habitat for Humanity and the first annual Bike to Build fundraiser. It has been rewarding beyond words to have watched so many families' lives transformed by homeownership. 
  • Introduced the stress-breaking, fun-loving, ridiculously silly 20K dance interlude. Sean Stephenson is our favorite "let it go and laugh" instructor.
  • Teamed up with March of Dimes-Houston Division and cheered on the 45,000 walkers who raised more than $3 million at the 2011 March for Babies. We also wined and dined (and media pitched) at the most successful March of Dimes special event in the national organization's history--the 2011 Houston Signature Chefs Gala.
  • Long-time client Devon Energy rang in their 40th Anniversary and were named again to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.
  • Humbled by the privilege of producing "Houston Remembers," a moving commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, on behalf of the Dignity Memorial Network.

    Photo by Trish Badger

  • Recommitted ourselves to life balance and international travel that spanned three continents.
  • Tackled and successfully managed an oil spill crisis for a client in the Gulf of Mexico (post-BP). While this wasn't a favorite moment, it was one that stood out as a challenge that was met head on.
  • Dedicated countless volunteer hours and support to local organizations, including Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, AIDS Foundation Houston, Noah's Kitchen, Houston Young People for the Arts and our clients.
  • Continued to merge our business activities with our passion for social consciousness. We have committed ourselves to growing 20K Group with a priority towards working with clients who "do good" in the world.
  There were many more moments that touched our hearts, made us proud and underscored the fact that we can't help but love our jobs. There's no doubt that we have it good! We hope that 2011 was kind to you and that 2012 brings cause for streamers, fireworks and lots of laughter. Cheers to a new year!

Good Impressions, 10.27.2011

CSR - Serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Tweezerman, Dal LaMagna, speaks to Scott James about “finally getting it right” using “responsible capitalism,” which LaMagna believes created happy employees, loyal customers, and satisfied vendors, not to mention capturing the community’s respect. - American companies that give back the most. Kroger was ranked number 1 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes for “companies that are most generous in their cash donations as a percentage of pre-tax profits.”   read more »

Strength in Others, 08.26.2011

Crisis Management - If your company finds itself in an online firestorm, lean on this advice from Forbes contributors Davia Temin and Ian Anderson: admit your mistake, deliver a sincere apology, and make amends. - In crisis management, know the facts. Admitting your mistake in the most transparent manner possible requires getting the story straight. Says Eric Rabe, Senior Advisor at Fels Institute of Government (University of Pennsylvania), “in a crisis, clear and candid disclosure is the only option.” Having a plan to manage issues PRIOR to an actual crisis also helps ensure that your team can focus on finding out the facts when the world seems to be spinning at warp speed. read more »