The Beyoncé of the Business World, Brandi Boatner, on How to become a Socially Thoughtful Brand and Face Tomorrow’s Challenges


 

Brandi Boatner, Social and Influencer Communications Lead for Global Markets at IBM corporate communications, spoke with Alexa Ambroseo from D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. In her keynote speech, The Bold Type: Bending the Brand Backbone is Risky Business, Boatner talked about how PR practioners can help a brand become socially thoughtful. She also stressed that ‘tomorrow’ is the biggest challenge facing PR professionals in this this day and age.

 

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Alessandra Simkin: What are the Similarities and Differences in PR Across Industries?


Alessandra Simkin, Senior Manager of External Communications at Danone North America, spoke with Eric Wright, Executive Vice President at D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. During the PR Pals Talk Shop panel, Simkin talked about the Evian Drip Drop campaign. Evian partnered with visionary designer, Virgil Abloh, to create the new Evian collectable limited-edition glass bottle. She also shared insights on the similarities and differences between working in pharma and consumer.

 

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Epizyme’s Erin Graves Talks about PR Pals Talk Shop and Shares Networking Tips


Erin Graves, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Epizyme, a company focused on creating epigenetic medicines that are targeted at specific causes of cancer and other serious diseases, spoke with Alexa Ambroseo from D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. During the PR Pals Talk Shop panel, Graves shared insights on how to be creative and think outside the box in a regulated framework. She also shared some networking tips for young PR professionals.

 

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Brand Visibility 2020 Study


366 journalists were surveyed. The findings could make your brand more influential, visible, and authentic. The results are featured in the Brand Visibility 2020 report. Doug Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media, shares highlights including opportunities during the 2020 election year to get your spokespeople on television. Download a free copy of the report here.

 

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Shalon Roth: Why Do In-House PR Teams and PR Agencies Need to Work Better Together?


Shalon Roth, Founder of PR-it, a global collective of communications and digital experts, spoke with Raz Abrahamyan from D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. Roth was the moderator of the PR Pals Talk Shop: Spinning Shoestrings into PR Gold panel, where she talked about the notion of ‘doing more with less resources.’ She also shared insights on the benefits of having in-house teams and agencies work together.

 

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Andrea Roley Talks About Transforming How Our Nation Addresses Addiction, Measurement Trends, and Navigating Stakeholders


Andrea Roley, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications at Center on Addiction, spoke with Alexa Ambroseo from D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. As a part of the PR Pals Talk Shop panel, Roley spoke about measurement, navigating in-house challenges, and how the nonprofit organization, Center on Addiction, is transforming how the nation addresses addiction.

 

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Michael Goon: What Does It Mean for a Brand to Be Purpose Driven?


Michael Goon, Director of Communications of the Better World Team at Anheuser-Busch, spoke with Alexa Ambroseo from D S Simon Media, at the PRSA Tri-State Conference. As a part of the Social Good: How to Do it as a Brand panel, Goon talked about the CSR function of the Better World initiative at Anheuser-Busch and what it means for a brand to be purpose driven.

 

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Poll: Have the Responsibilities Changed Between Agencies and Brands?


The dynamic between large agencies, brands and the service providers they work with  might be shifting. Are large agencies stepping away from the “project manager” role and starting to favor the end client working directly with third-party organizations? Are brands preferring to manage the projects in-house? In this short video, D S Simon Media CEO Douglas Simon speculates on possible explanations. What’s your take?

Torod Neptune’s Paladin Awards Speech


The PRSA Foundation announced in March that Lenovo’s Chief Communications Officer Torod Neptune would be the 2019 Paladin Award Honoree. The honor goes to one communication professional every year who has made a “significant and measurable impact on the advancement of Diversity and Inclusion in the public relations sector”.

During the evening, Torod gave a speech emphasizing how nobody truly accomplishes anything “on their own”, which is why he felt so reluctant to accept the spotlight. However, he appreciates the opportunity to motivate further change in the industry, and emphasized the importance of not just talking about D&I, but making real decisions and changes to advance the industry in the right direction.

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Candid Thoughts from PR Pros on Diversity & Inclusion in the Industry


PR Pros from Advancement Project, Hilton, LinkedIn and KPMG gathered at the 2019 Paladin Awards to discuss D&I, the theme of the evening. Chris Keuchenmeister, SVP of Communications at PepsiCo, moderated the panel, sparking conversation regarding successful D&I initiatives as well as stories of perspective regarding being a diverse talent.

The panel featured Cedric Brown, Digital Campaign Strategist at Advancement Project; Natalie Godwin, Director of Global Corporate Communications at Hilton; Imani Greene, Senior Communications Leader at LinkedIn; and Christina Tso Metz, Director, Corporate Communications for KPMG.

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