Who's Who at HPC: Lindsay Bachman Flickinger
Lindsay Bachman Flickinger is the Director of Marketing and Communications at HPC. She strategizes, publicizes and transforms PR and media messaging for the conference, policy and project aspects of HPC and plays an integral role in developing and maintaining the coalition partner relationships. Previously, as an independent content consultant and project manager, Lindsay built a wide variety of clientele ranging everywhere, and in between, builders, banks and bars. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. The daughter of an ENERGY STAR builder-father and a realtor-mother, Lindsay stayed true to her roots and joined the HPC team in 2016.
1) What do you enjoy the most about your role at HPC?
The conferences! I am very extroverted. I am energized being around incredible, talented, like-minded folks that are learning, engaged and ready to have fun in the midst of all the sessions and exhibits. I enjoy watching 6-12 months of collaborated marketing efforts come to fruition, from signage and banners to sessions and booths. I delight in helping people connect to our partners, exhibitors, sponsors, presenters and staff. The synergy is intoxicating.
More than just attending and staffing the conferences, I genuinely like the people. I have met a wonderful group of folks, bonded together in this admirable cause - always ready to engage and get to work - but never too pretentious or preoccupied to shake a hand or share a meal. I have grown to have nothing but respect and appreciation for those that make up this industry.
Lastly, but most importantly, I have a great group of co-workers that I feel fortunate to call my friends! We work together in ways that are honest and enjoyable – when its crunch time, we “hit it and hit it hard,” yet we know how to enjoy each other’s company in and out of the office.
2) What is your proudest accomplishment at HPC?
Day one on the job and brand new to the industry, on the precipice of several upcoming conferences, the HPC website was moving from one platform to another. That redevelopment and launch was my first big project and I had less than a three month timeline for its go-live. I’m proudest, not just of the website itself, though I consider it my work-baby and believe it to be pretty kickass (you can read about it here) but of the teamwork required to appropriately capture the ins and outs of all that is HPC – policy, projects, education – true collaboration. (Special nod to Nate Natale, my very-patient boss; my co-workers Bethany and Julie, who were super helpful in its structural outline; Quinn at BPI, otherwise known as Queen Editor; and the incredible team at motum b2b.)
3) What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I have two awesome kids who are 13 months apart. Nico is 6 and going into 1st grade; Selah is 5 and going into Kindergarten (be still my heart!). As a single-mom, I spend a considerable amount of time at soccer games, piano lessons and just running around like a (half) crazy person doing what it takes to mold impressionable young ones into incredible humans.
When I have a weekend off of full-time mothering, I’m with my group of girlfriends or family, sipping wine, eating really good food, and traipsing around this up-and-coming beautiful city trying to experience all the new and exciting things Pittsburgh has to offer.
Once a year I go on a wine tour. This year is no different. This weekend in fact, I’ll be setting off to the Finger Lakes with a few of my besties. It’s one of my favorite drivable-from-Pittsburgh places. The wine, the views, the people… if you haven’t been, I highly recommend.
4) Tell us a fun fact about yourself we may not know.
In 2010, I was a new mother and decided not to go back to work full-time. It was a precious time; it was a lonely time. Nothing really prepares you for the life-changes of parenting. Not long after I had my son, I found myself wondering where and who my village was. Several of my acquaintances at the time were having babies and wondering the same things. So we decided to do something about it and create our own village.
The idea of Pittsburgh Moms Club was birthed at a coffee shop on the North Side of Pittsburgh with me and five other new moms, babies and strollers in toe. We wanted to create a safe and encouraging group for mothers of all parenting styles and persuasions to ask questions, plan play dates, get recommendations but mostly, build community – the village!
As an Admin of this private Facebook group, I’ve been privileged to see the power and beauty of community in action! Earlier this summer, a mom posted that her daughter was murdered and she desperately needed to find some help coping with the loss. Another mom anonymously posted recently that she needed help getting out of an abusive situation. Still others post daily, questions about pediatricians, sleep training, vaccination schedules, feeding practices, best communities to move to, etc. In every situation, with every post, the moms in this group rally behind one another, supporting one another – truly focused on making the next little generation of Pittsburghers happy, healthy, whole and complete!
Pittsburgh Moms Club has almost 7,500 mothers in the local area who participate daily in discussion, support and community building. It truly does take a village to raise a child and I’m happy to have found mine and play a small role in other moms finding theirs.