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Ashley McCown
Equifax
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 143 million consumers may have been compromised, including Social Security numbers, driver’s license info, addressees and more. Some analysts are calling it the worst data...
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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 Women of FIRE, honoring the most talented, ambitious, innovative and philanthropic female leaders in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sectors. I am thrilled to...
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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 weaving. No ducking and hiding. She fessed up and took responsibility. How refreshing. Sammy Sosa. Barry Bonds. Lance Armstrong. Alex Rodriguez. Marion Jones. The playing...
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Zika Virus Communication
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 welcome thousands of athletes and nearly a half million visitors to the XXXI Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has the largest outbreak of the...
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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 on which crises were handled well and which organizations needed a stronger response. Which PR crisis topped our list? Watch the video to find out!...
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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 2015 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) Fall Symposium, held Thursday at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The number...
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In order to apologize, one must genuinely be sorry for what they’ve done. SM& President and crisis communications expert Ashley McCown recently weighed in on what it takes for a celebrity or brand to successfully take responsibility in the public eye, in the latest from WBZ News for CBS Boston. 0SHARESFacebookTwitterGooglePinterestLinkedinStumbleupon
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Whether it’s an individual like Bill Cosby or Rachel Dolezal, a huge organization like the NFL or a publication like Rolling Stone, there have been several high-profile public relations crises in the news this year. Solomon McCown President and crisis communications expert Ashely McCown shares her top six PR crises—and what organizations can learn from...
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From 2013-2014, 43% of companies experienced a data breach according to a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute. The average cost of a data breach is $5.4 million—per incident. Globally, 556 million individuals are impacted by data breaches every year – that’s greater than the population of the United States (319 million). When it comes...
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As of this writing, at least 95 cases of measles have been linked to the outbreak traced to Disney theme parks, according to the California Department of Public Health. Those infected (and possibly infected) are spread across at least eight U.S. states and Mexico. One thousand people in nearby Arizona, including nearly 200 children, could...
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