The Crisis Ahead Podcast
To the Rescue: Helping Minnesota Respond to the Recent Riots

To the Rescue: Helping Minnesota Respond to the Recent Riots

September 14, 2020

Concerned about the slow and uncoordinated response by Minnesota government officials to the civil unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd, PR veteran Paul Omodt and four of his colleagues volunteered their expertise and skills to help public officials manage the crisis. In this interview with host Edward Segal, Omodt recounts what he and his team did, how they did it, and the crisis management lessons others should learn from their experience.

Prescription for Success: Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Response to COVID-19

Prescription for Success: Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Response to COVID-19

September 7, 2020

Christine Andrukonis of Notion Consulting shares how how one of their clients —Otsuka Pharmaceutical — was proactive in responding to the pandemic. In his weekly commentary, podcast host Edward Segal discusses how some people and organizations refuse to accept responsibility for their role in creating crisis situations.

Crisis in the Caribbean: The Deaths at Resorts in the Dominican Republic

Crisis in the Caribbean: The Deaths at Resorts in the Dominican Republic

August 31, 2020

Laura Guitar shares her insights and perspectives about the recent crisis in the Dominican Republic in which several American tourists died at different resorts. Guitar has a lot of experience working with clients in the hospitality industry who are having a crisis. She is executive Vice President of RBB Communications in Miami, Florida where she leads Reputation & Risk
Advisors, the agency’s crisis communications and issues management division. In his weekly commentary, Edward Segal discusses the cancel culture.

Volkswagen’s Bungled Response to Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen’s Bungled Response to Emissions Scandal

August 24, 2020

Volkswagen’s emissions scandal is back in the news. The company has paid billions of dollars to car owners because of rigged emissions equipment and software that gave misleading information about the pollution emitted by diesel engines. Matt Tidwell, who has written a case study about the scandal for a public relations textbook, shares his insights and perspectives about VW’s dieselgate. Tidwell is assistant dean for graduate and professional studies at the University of Kansas.

7 Courtroom Tactics to Help You Win in the Court of Public Opinion

7 Courtroom Tactics to Help You Win in the Court of Public Opinion

August 17, 2020

Trial lawyer and award-winning author Shane Read shares seven courtroom tactics business executives can use to effectively tell their side of the story about a crisis. Read also discusses key lessons from the mistakes Johnson & Johnson made that led to their losing a lawsuit in which 22 women alleged the
company’s baby power caused them to develop ovarian cancer. In his weekly commentary host Edward Segal talks about the recent sudden resignation of Boeing’s senior vice president of communications.

Managing Crisis Situations for Uber and Strava

Managing Crisis Situations for Uber and Strava

August 10, 2020

Lane Kasselman, Uber’s former head of communications, talks about his
approach to managing multiple crisis situations at the ride-hailing company and his role in responding to the unusual crisis that confronted Strava, a mobile app for athletes.

Crises in the Golden State: A Controversial Restaurant Name, Oil Spill, and Boating Accident

Crises in the Golden State: A Controversial Restaurant Name, Oil Spill, and Boating Accident

August 5, 2020

PR veteran John Davies takes you behind the scenes with stories, anecdotes, and observations from his work on three headline-making crises situations in California. In his weekly crisis management commentary, host Edward Segal discusses companies that will - or won't - respond to the pandemic. 

By the Book: How the Boston Public Library Responded to the Pandemic

By the Book: How the Boston Public Library Responded to the Pandemic

July 27, 2020

Kurt Mansperger, Chief Technology Officer of the Boston Library Library is interviewed by host Edward Segal about how the organization responded to COVID-19 and what others can learn from their experience.

A Therapist’s Advice on Helping Employees After a Crisis

A Therapist’s Advice on Helping Employees After a Crisis

July 20, 2020

Pamela Garber, a therapist with the Grand Central Counseling and Mediation Group in New York City, shares her advice on how companies can help employees in the aftermath of a mass shooting or workplace violence. In his weekly crisis commentary, Edward Segal discusses the problems that leaked emails can create for organizations.

 

Dangers Posed by TikTok, Accessing Crisis Plans, and the Importance of Media Training

Dangers Posed by TikTok, Accessing Crisis Plans, and the Importance of Media Training

July 13, 2020

Jeffrey Davis, managing partner and leader of the Baltimore office of Van Eperen, shares his advice on how organizations can ensure immediate access to their crisis management plans, the importance of receiving media training before a crisis hits, and the dangers companies can face from TikTok and other similar technologies.

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