Spring is almost here, officially staring on March 19th of course, brining lots of new beginnings with it.
I’m writing to you today from my usual perch: the offices of ARTÉMIA Communications, Inc., on Union Street in San Francisco’s gorgeous Marina District, just blocks from its famous bay.
But while our address remains the same, our work space has transformed. We’ve just moved to a stunning new suite in our same building. It’s beautiful and flooded with natural light.
This new space sums up ARTÉMIA’s priorities as a full-service, award-winning global communications and marketing agency. It’s both attractive — a great place to seek inspiration — and state of the art. I’ve long prided myself on being an early adaptor of technology. Here in Suite 310, ARTÉMIA is more on the cutting edge than ever before.
I’m thrilled about how our staff is evolving, too. I find that more and more talented young people are choosing to work from home. It’s a joy to accommodate them — and to brainstorm with them, whether remotely or in person — in our gleaming new conference room, on behalf of our wonderful clients, who range from Fortune 500s to international high-growth start-ups.
As someone who’s always been socially inclined, I’ve worked to reflect that tendency in my business practices, too. I’ve promoted diversity and inclusion at ARTÉMIA since I first founded the firm, more than 20 years ago. This year, as always, I will continue to help Fortune 100 companies, government agencies and minority business enterprises to join diversity programs, support diverse sourcing and supply teams and create events and campaigns. What better way to encourage diversity than by enabling women and other minorities to do their best work?
This year, I’ve added a new mission, too. Like most of us, I’ve become increasingly aware of the scourge of single-use plastics. As a Californian, whose office is just blocks away from the beautiful San Francisco Bay, I’m reminded of the beauty of our waterways every single day. Working to utilize plastics responsibly and finding ways recycle them, should be a priority for us all.
Join me, please, in keeping informed about this global problem, which threatens our oceans, our wildlife, our cities, ourselves. There are numerous online communities — such as the Mission Possible Plastics Hub — that keep tabs on this vitally important issue. And do keep an eye on National Geographic’s Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, in which teams compete to solve this problem, which threatens us all.
Working towards solving this critical ecological problem will be a focus of my blog posts in the coming year. I urge you to read and respond, and share any thoughts, solutions, and ideas that come to mind.
It’s a privilege to be sitting in a glorious new space at the outset of a new decade, pausing to contemplate the time ahead. The ARTÉMIA team and I are excited about all we can do for our clients in 2020. And the fact that we’re starting a new decade? Ten times more exciting….
Don’t hesitate to ask us how we can help to move your company forward. We’d love to show you what we can do.
Barbara I. Wichmann, CEO
ARTÉMIA Communications, Inc.