NETWORKING New York Women in Communications will host two Cocktails and Conversations events this fall: Developing a Career Plan, Sept. 9; and Seven Soulful Secrets of Success, Oct. 7. For locations or other info, contact Amy Sokoloff at

HOW NOW The deadline for entries for How magazine’s International Design Competition is Sept. 16. Graphic-design projects, such as print and TV ads, brochures, logos and annual reports, created between Jan. 1, 2001 and Sept. 1, 2002 are eligible. For rules and an official entry form, visit or e-mail with “Guidelines” in the subject line.

BRAND-FOCUSED The Institute for International Research will hold a conference titled “Research & Testing for Brand Initiatives” at the Hilton New York. Sept. 18-19. For info, contact Lisa White at (212) 661-3500 or, or visit research. To register, call (888) 670-8200 or e-mail register@iir