Wow! What a Month! March 2022

March has the distinction of being Women’s History Month. March 8 is also International Women’s Day. Those marks on the calendar gave us a chance to thank and celebrate the women that make Coal Creative the company it is. 

This March included several events and projects with our local chambers of commerce. Once again the women and men of Coal Creative had a busy month. Here’s what happened in the month of March.


Travis Antoniello Earns a Promotion

Congrats Travis! Web Developer & Technology Specialist


Web Developer Travis Antoniello added a second title to his position at Coal Creative. Aside from carrying on this role as web developer, Travis is now the company’s Technology Specialist. Travis is working across departments to implement new technologies. His eye to the future will make our teams more efficient and able to create the best content for our collaborators. 


Read Across America Day

On March 2, our CEO Holly K. Pilcavage read “What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Seuss to a group of second graders at Solomon-Plains Elementary School. The appearance was part of the Read Across America — an annual celebration of literacy and the birthday of the aforementioned Dr. Seuss. Holly’s reading partner was Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber CEO Lindsay Griffin.


Leadership Northeast Update

Leadership Northeast’s monthly session centered on “Appreciating Cultural Perspectives.” Camaryn Lokuta, a member of the leadership class and Coal’s Operations & Business Development Manager, enjoyed listening to fellow classmates share their cultural backgrounds. She was able to share photos of her family embracing their culture by making Polish and Italian foods. 

There was also a presentation by the Rainbow Alliance. Coal’s very own Holly K. Pilcavage and Jesse Macko along with fellow Rainbow Alliance board member Nick Marinelli delivered the presentation. 


International Women’s Day  Luncheon

Coal Creative at Women's Day Luncheaon
The International Women’s Day Luncheon was attended by, from left, Jay Nguyen, Camaryn Lokuta, Sam O’Connell, Holly K. Pilcavage, Alijah Chamberlain, Samantha Bucher and Marleny Encarnacion.


The local celebration of  International Women’s Day took place on March 4 at the Westmoreland Club. The annual event is a collaboration between Dress for Success Luzerne County and the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber.

“It’s a very empowering and uplifting event every year,” said Coal Creative CEO Holly K. Pilcavage. “To have that many powerful women in one room is exciting in itself. There was a clear energy buzzing around as everyone got back together for this event for the first time since just before the pandemic hit in 2020.”

Holly, who serves as chair of the Women In Power Campaign and Dress For Success Luzerne County, was one of many people who organized the sold-out luncheon. 

Coal wasn’t just involved in the staging, several members of the team got to enjoy the empowering afternoon. Holly was joined by Jay Nguyen, Sam O’Connell, Marleny Encarnacion, Camaryn Lokuta, Samantha Bucher and our spring intern Alijah Chamberlain.


Non-Profit Council Presentation

Coal Creative NonProfit Council Presentation


Coal Creative was invited to present at the March 10 meeting of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber Nonprofit Council. Social Media Specialist Jesse Macko and Content Writer Adam Roberts discussed marketing automation with various nonprofit leaders around the region. Jesse shared insight into social media marketing, while Adam discussed email marketing.


4th Young Professionals Conference

Several members of the Coal Crew attended the day-long Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber Young Professionals Conference. The theme of the virtual conference was “Change Makers.” There were two tracks of breakout sessions that touched on topics ranging from wellness and personal finance to leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. Jimel Calliste, President of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP, was the keynote speaker.


Scranton Chamber Hosts 153rd Annual Dinner

Coal Creative Scranton Chamber Annual Dinner 2022
Coal Creative, represented from left by Will McHale, Jay Nguyen, Sam O’Connell, Holly K. Pilcavage, Alex Manganella and Camaryn Lokuta, at the Greater Scranton Chamber Annual Dinner. 


The Coal Crew was in attendance for the 153rd Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on March 30. The event featured several videos made by our team of Alex Manganella, Jay Nguyen and Will McHale. The video team was joined by Camaryn Lokuta, Holly K. Pilcavage and Sam O’Connell.


NEPA Creative Public Reading Event 

The Cloudburst Reading Series kicked off on March 31 at Down Pour in Wilkes-Barre. The new quarterly literary event is a collaboration between NEPA Creative and the Etruscan Press

The authors at the reading included: Wayne Benson, poet, writer, and editor; Brandon McNulty, author; Bob Hill, Essayist with Untitled Magazine and Dawn Leas, poet.


Thanks for reading and remember to stay … Coal.

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