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The Top PR Crises of 2018

January 3, 2019 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Our President Ashley McCown’s take on the biggest public relations crises of last year was recently featured in leading industry trade publication PR News. 2018’s list includes some of America’s

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The Gathering Storm: Weather & Communications Preparedness

September 12, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2018, Florence, may have been downgraded to a category 1 storm by the time it made landfall, yet its gale-force winds and torrential rains

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Ashley McCown’s Top PR Crises

August 9, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Ashley McCown, SM& president and crisis communications expert, rates her top PR crises at the halfway point of the year. Key takeaways from Ashley’s video include: Social media plays a

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Ashley McCown Featured in O’Dwyer’s annual Crisis Issue

January 22, 2018 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

Organizational communications will never be the same. Amidst the societal reckoning that includes the #metoo movement, the old rules no longer apply. Open secrets are no longer tolerated, and accusations

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Ashley McCown Featured in PR News

September 11, 2017 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

When Equifax, one of the country’s three major credit organizations, announced last week that it’s data network was breached, the company jumped into crisis mode. The data of an estimated

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Life Lessons From Our Own Woman of FIRE: Helene Solomon

July 21, 2016 In Executive, Public Relations, Real Estate Leave a comment

Helene is a Woman of FIRE. Now, tell me something we don’t already know. Banker & Tradesman made it official this week when they named Helene among this year’s distinguished

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Maria Sharapova’s Bold Crisis Management: Game, set, match

March 17, 2016 In Crisis Communications Leave a comment

For a professional athlete who failed a drug test, Maria Sharapova did something very unusual: She held a press conference and announced it. No deny and lie. No bobbing and

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Zika and the 2016 Olympics: Brazil’s Communication Challenge

February 10, 2016 In Executive Leave a comment

How does a country assure the world it is safe to travel there? That is the challenge Brazil faces a little less than six months before it is set to

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Ashley McCown on the Top 10 Crises of 2015

December 17, 2015 In Crisis Communications, Executive Leave a comment

For the fourth consecutive year, Solomon McCown President Ashley McCown provides her annual review of the Top Ten public relations crises of the year—first published on PR News. McCown shares her thoughts

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Solomon McCown Schools Higher Ed on Title IX Communications

October 9, 2015 In Corporate, Crisis Communications Comments Off on Solomon McCown Schools Higher Ed on Title IX Communications

SM& President and crisis communications expert Ashley McCown presented to a wide range of higher education officials at “Campus in Crisis: Navigating Title IX Communications,” a breakout session at the

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