CAPIO Member Love Month: A Celebration of Community and Excellence
By Brie Anne Coleman, VP of Communications


In February, CAPIO ignited our socials with Member Love Month, a time to reflect on our victories, showcase our talents, and bond with fellow communicators. From cherished memories to groundbreaking projects, each week presented fresh opportunities for our community to shine. Plus, we sprinkled in some sweet prizes! (Check out the winners below!) Below, I’ll share key insights gleaned from each week’s challenge and the top takeaways.

Week #1: Reflecting on Memorable Moments

In the hustle and bustle of government communications, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks. However, Week #1 reminded us of the power of authenticity and human connection. By sharing our favorite memories, we not only celebrated our successes but also reinforced the importance of building genuine relationships with our communities. Whether it’s through storytelling, personal anecdotes, or moments of vulnerability, embracing authenticity can foster trust, empathy, and lasting connections.

Takeaway: Embrace authenticity, as it fosters genuine connections with those we serve.

Week #2: Sharing Pride in Our Work

Week #2 highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving impactful communication initiatives. From award-winning campaigns to community engagement projects, members showcased their creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication to making a difference. By championing collaboration across departments, agencies, and communities, government communicators can leverage diverse perspectives and expertise to address complex challenges and achieve meaningful outcomes.

Takeaway: Champion collaboration; it is a powerful cornerstone of success in government communications.

Week #3: Capturing Action Shots

As showcased in Week #3, government communicators often find themselves in dynamic and unpredictable environments. Whether navigating law enforcement operations, community events, or behind-the-scenes adventures, adaptability and resilience are key. By embracing change, learning from setbacks, and staying agile in the face of challenges, communicators can effectively navigate the complexities of their roles and drive positive outcomes for their communities.

Takeaway: Embrace adaptability; you will become more resilient in unpredictable circumstances.

Week #4: Leaving a Message for the Future

In the final week of Member Love Month, members reflected on their journey and offered advice to their future selves. This served as a powerful reminder of the importance of mentorship and self-reflection in professional growth. By seeking guidance from mentors, sharing knowledge with peers, and taking moments to pause and reflect, government communicators can continuously learn, grow, and evolve in their roles. Cultivating mentorship relationships and prioritizing self-care are essential practices that contribute to long-term success and fulfillment.

Takeaway: Cultivate mentorship, practice self-reflection, and be a lifelong learner in your profession.

As we look back on Member Love Month, let us carry with us these valuable lessons and insights, knowing that by embracing authenticity, collaboration, adaptability, and mentorship, we can continue to make a positive impact in our communities–and beyond.

Thank you to all members who participated in Member Love Month, your contributions have made this month truly special. Here’s to continued collaboration, growth, and success in the months to come!

Congratulations to the weekly challenge winners!

Week 1: Taylor Danielson, City of Clovis

Week 2: Tara Gill, City of Fremont

Week 3: Tammy Gordon, Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Week 4: Grace Norris, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

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