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Thriving On Post-Pandemic Change

  Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. Change is difficult — and we have plenty of reasons to resist it! No one likes to contemplate letting go of the skills and behaviors that “got us here.” As individuals, we become psychologically attached to the status quo because it is familiar and comfortable. But even more difficult than…

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5 Things I Learned from Engineering an Internal Comms Turnaround During a Pandemic (CASE STUDY)

Get practical guidance, ideas and takeaways from a top-level pro who’s shepherding her organization through a period of profound transformation. Bessie Kokalis Pescio, VP of Global Internal Communications, Phillip Morris International There’s on-the-job learning—and then there’s on-the-job enlightenment. I’ve held a lot of roles during my career, many of them at Philip Morris International (PMI),…

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Behold Our Pandemic Playground

  Thomas J. Madden, Chairman and CEO, Transmedia Group Welcome to art in plastics. The Pandemic Playground is a surreal composition comprising a phantasmagoria of plastics my wife Rita and I collect each day off the public beach in front of our stately oceanfront condo, The Chalfonte. Behold the plastic toys, buckets, shovels and rakes.  Plastic seahorses,…

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How the Pandemic Highlighted Workers’ Financial Vulnerability

  Tony Silber, Editorial Director, Ragan Communications Beginning in March of last year, the global economy came close to shutting down as the COVID-19 virus swept across the world. In some sectors, it did effectively stop. Waves of furloughs and layoffs followed. Unemployment spiked. Even workers who stayed at their jobs felt a new anxiety.…

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How Nursing Homes Can Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brian Wallace, Founder & President, NowSourcing 2020 was a horrific year for nursing homes. Of the 500,000+ American deaths from COVID-19, 36% were care facility residents or staff. In some states, that figure was as high as 54%. While the older generations and those with health issues are uniquely vulnerable in the pandemic, several missteps taken…

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Keep Your Masks On – Behavioral Lessons from the Pandemic

Simon Erskine Locke, CEO, CommunicationsMatch™ It’s no coincidence that just as we start to see COVID-19 deaths decline and vaccination rates rise, that some states are dropping mask mandates and we are seeing rising criticism of efforts to reduce the pandemic’s spread. That these actions fly in the face of the advice given by experts…

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Growing During the Pandemic and Recession

Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR  Although many companies responded to the current pandemic and recession by trimming expenses and their workforce to survive, those may not have been the best steps. Companies that outgrew the gross national product in the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) earned three times more than their competitors both during…

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“The Most Important Work of Our Careers” – Agency Leaders Find Unexpected Challenges and Lots of Opportunity in the Middle of the Pandemic

Britt Carter, President, TPC Growth During a recent CommPRO Executive Roundtable, the mood was surprisingly upbeat. Just months before, this group, comprised of leaders and legends from across the PR agency world, was expressing an existential predicament: business disappearing, payroll and rent mounting, teams dissolving, and every day seemed to deliver another steaming GrubHub bucket of…

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GreenPath and Homeownership Preservation Foundation Launch 995Hope Website to Protect Households During Pandemic

CommPRO Editorial Staff GreenPath Financial Wellness, a national nonprofit that provides financial counseling and debt management services, and its affiliate Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), recently launched the 995hope.org website which provides information to help renters and homeowners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic manage through financial challenges. It is estimated there are nearly 3 million U.S.…

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Identifying and Addressing Mental Illness Hot Spots Caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic

CommPRO Editorial Staff Mental Health America (MHA), along with Lundbeck, announce the launch of a groundbreaking new initiative that will apply analytics on the data set created from MHA’s extensive mental health screenings, plus publicly available data sets, to find mental health hotspots and address the rapidly escalating mental health impacts emerging from the COVID-19…

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PR Pros Pandemic Relief (Advertorial)

CommPRO Editorial Staff @NewsReleaseWire.cpm from ExpertClick.com Who?  For PR Professionals. Must be with a bona-fide PR firm or have APR credentials.  Freelancers with agency background good too. What?  Free use of NewsReleaseWire,com for one client.  PR Professionals get the Signature Level account as shown at www.ExpertClick.com/join. When?  Now, and for duration of 2020. Where?  Register at: www.ExpertClick.com/free.…

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FHLBank San Francisco Awards $3.5 Million in Grants for Pandemic Relief and Economic Development to 97 Nonprofit Organizations

CommPRO Editorial Staff The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco awarded $3.5 million in grants to 97 nonprofits through its 2020 AHEAD Program. The grants, delivered by FHLBank San Francisco member financial institutions to nonprofits in Arizona, California, and Nevada, are aimed at providing both immediate and long-term pandemic relief and boosting economic development…

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Public Relations and the Pandemic

  Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR Besides raining chaos on everyone and every industry, COVID-19 also afforded some Public Relations  professionals unique opportunity. Such was the case for many brands, including Avon, which recognized that women and children were at greater risk for domestic violence than others after lockdowns were declared. Through its foundation, Avon partnered with…

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The Best Companies Provide Support for New Parents During Pandemic

Employees facing life changes during the pandemic need support now, more than ever and their employers are smart to respond.  Amy Beacom, Ed.D, Center for Parental Leave Leadership and Deanna Siegel Senior, PhD, DSS Advisory  Imagine having just welcomed a new child and gearing up to return to work from parental leave. Then, the COVID-19…

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Reflections on Working During a Pandemic

Laura Kane, Head of Communications for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) As I enter the 6th month of my quarantine, it seems like just yesterday that I started remote working.  Early on, I enjoyed the short commute and the perks of working from home. After May 15, 2020, working from my apartment seemed to…

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