Reed Graduates from RBGA Leadership Academy

Laura Reed, Public Relations Director and Owner of the St. Louis area Marketing and PR Firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. graduated from the respected Riverbend Growth Association Leadership Academy Friday, May 15. Eight graduates celebrated this accomplishment after completing a nine-month program that included presentations from local business and political leaders, exercises in public speaking and communication enhancement endeavors. In addition to field trips and meetings with public officials, participants networked among themselves and forged lasting relationships within their fields and beyond. 

Reed said the sessions were quite informative, covering a wide-variety of subject matter to include healthcare, transportation and the media. “Working with this top-notch group of professionals has been a rewarding experience that I will never forget. I’ve now expanded my networking circle to include some great people, socially and professionally.”

The RBGA will hold its next Leadership Academy in the fall of 2016 and will make a call for nominations in July of 2016.  Nominees should be between the ages of 21 and 40 and be up and coming employees in the businesses in which they work.  For more information about Leadership Academy, contact Monica Bristow at 618-467-2280.

Cork Tree Creative Sponsors New Metro-East Positive Image Campaign

By Nicole Dicks

Cork Tree Creative recently signed on as a sponsor of the “Get to know m.e. campaign: The Metro-East. I live here. I love it.” The purpose of the campaign is to unite various local businesses in the area and fund a comprehensive, positive-image campaign for the Metro-East. Additionally, the funding of visible projects to make our community even stronger will be considered in the marketing efforts.

Laura Reed, Co-Owner and Director of Public Relations for Cork Tree Creative, thought this campaign was a great way to showcase the Metro-East’s many positive attributes. Reed said, “We have a great community and more and more people are starting to talk about the Metro-East for its food scene, housing stock, bustling Main Streets and our parks, which are only going to get better.” As a business owner that regularly supports the community, she also stated that there’s a lot of pride among Illinois residents and businesses, supporting each other and cooperating to make this area a better place to live, work and play.

The “Get to know m.e.” campaign is officially being launched March 2015 and a few sponsor spots are still available for local businesses wanting to participate. The website,, is also accepting project ideas. Want to learn more? Use the contact form on the website or find up-to-date campaign details on their Facebook page.  

There are so many reasons to live in the Metro-East and love it!

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Cork Tree Creative Sponsors Local Community Events

Cork Tree Creative is giving back to the community by sponsoring two local events in Collinsville, Ill. in March of 2015: the 7th Annual Evening with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the inagural Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Cocktails & Connections event.

Cork Tree Creative is working with the city of Collinsville to put on the 7th Annual Evening with the EDC to help celebrate Collinsville’s development opportunities. The event, which will be held on Thurs., Mar. 5, 2015, helps attendees learn about Collinsville’s retail, office and workforce industry while networking with professionals at this invitation-only event. More information about “An Evening With the EDC” can be found online at or by calling 618-346-5200, extension 1129.

Cork Tree Creative will also help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois organize and promote its inaugural Cocktails & Connections event, a gathering of Southern Illinois women business and community leaders. This annual event will help develop future women leaders by promoting Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), financial literacy and health and wellness. The event will be held on Thurs., Mar. 12, 2015 and is open to all business women in the community. Reservations are limited. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois provides a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience for 14,000 girls and 4,500 volunteers throughout southern Illinois. For more information, contact Chermain Jennings, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 618-692-0692.

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