Potluck with Trace Sharp, Press Secretary for U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball

Please join us this Thursday October 2 at 6:30 pm for Potluck in the main conference room at E-Spaces. 

Our Potluck speaker will be Trace Sharp. Trace Sharp is Press Secretary for U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball who is running against career politician Sen. Lamar Alexander.  She is a knowledgeable and creative writer who has been on the leading edge of incorporating new media into political campaigns at the state and local level.

After beginning her career in traditional media as an award-winning journalist in both radio and newsprint and a stint working in economic development serving as a program coordinator with Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, Sharp foresaw the burgeoning online communities as untapped outlets for candidates to spread their messages. 

An astute and entertaining speaker, she has been featured at various events across the state on how messaging and strategy are how long-term alliances are created. She gleaned information and experience from working with guest hosting at Nashville is Talking and Music City Bloggers social sites, from co-creating theNewsTechZilla site and the political commentary site Speak To Power.She was also featured in author Kathy Tyson’s self-published book Wrinkles.

Her personal blog Newscoma.com was her original online presence and continues to provide an outlet for thoughtful commentary on rural communities, communication strategy and the lives of the residents who try to thrive in a struggling economy. On Newscoma.com, which has been a featured blog at Salon.com, Sharp has broken news stories that have been linked and further reported by the Huffington Post and CNN. In addition Sharp’s blog provides humorous recollections and political analysis focusing on the state of politics in Tennessee. As a result of the writing on her personal site, she has been interviewed by media from Pakistan to Los Angeles proving the online world has connected people on opposite sides of the globe.

Sharp is proficient in several areas and has become a leader in the Tennessee online community.

- Social media strategy and execution
- Common sense consulting
- Daily content creation
- Community management and community building
- Blogger outreach and advocate

After working with gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter as a consultant, Sharp is extending her work with McWherter as the editor for Out of the Blue’s Daily Buzz, a daily e-mail that gathers stories from across the state of Tennessee which inform democratic voters of ongoing and upcoming issues that affect them. McWherter merged the daily email with Crockett Policy Institute last year which is run by retired Lt. General John "Glad" Castellaw and former congressman John Tanner.

“The key to the online world is that everything goes back to the basic principles of communication and conversations,” Sharp said. “With Out of the Blue, we want to inspire old-fashioned water cooler conversations across the state.”


Please bring an entree', side dish, beverage or dessert and join us for this informative presentation. All are welcome! Guests are invited to bring a dish, but it is not necessary.  Children are welcome, too.

October 02, 2014 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
1550 W McEwen Dr
Ste 300
Franklin, TN 37067
United States
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