EDITOR’S NOTE: This episode briefly discusses how companies might respond in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, and was recorded prior the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to do so on June 24.
According to the USC Center for Public Relation’s 2022 Global Communication Report, “The Future of Corporate Activism,” 85% of PR professionals believe business can play a meaningful role in addressing the polarization that’s being experienced today.
IABC Executive Director Peter Finn sat down with Fred Cook, chair emeritus at Golin and director for the USC Center for Public Relations, to dive into this report. Tune in to learn more about what opportunities this affords communicators, Cook’s observations of the next generation based on his work at USC, strategies to meaningfully engage in corporate activism, companies that are setting the standard and more.
Access the report online here: https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/center-public-relations/global-communication-report
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Fred Cook has worked at Golin for over 30 years, during which he has had the privilege to work with a variety of high-profile CEOs, including Herb Kelleher, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. He has also managed a wide variety of clients, including Nintendo, Toyota and Disney. In 2014, Cook published “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO,” which shares the wisdom he gained as a cabin boy on a Norwegian tanker, doorman at a 5-star hotel and chauffeur for drunks. In 2015, after speaking on college campuses around the world, Fred accepted an additional position with the University of Southern California as the director of the USC Center for Public Relations at USC Annenberg, whose mission is to shape the future of public relations and those who will lead it — through research, education and thought leadership.