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Congratulations to Bob Wilkerson, Senior Advisor who was recently selected to serve as the corporate crisis management advisor and member of the committee charged with updating NFPA1600 for 2019.  NFPA1600 is a globally recognized standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity.

Artwork: Liz Powley


  • What’s Missing from Your Plan? The Role of Communications in Crisis Response

    An effective crisis management plan does not simply provide guidance on how to mange a crisis but provides a disciplined and repeatable process to help mitigate and prevent a crisis in the first place. More than a process, it’s about having the right organizational mindset that actively incorporates reputational risk into the decision-making process. Read Article >The Book of Crisis Management: Strategies & Tactics PR Newswire

Speaking Engagements

  • Law School Admissions Council > 2017 Annual Meeting

    May 31-June 3, 2017Palm Springs, CA

    Simon will lead a case-based session entitled, "Crisis Management – A Leadership Challenge" exploring methods and solutions for addressing crises within a higher education setting.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) > Institute for Senior Communications and Marketing Professionals

    April 4-6, 2017Cape Coral, FL

    Simon will be conducting as session entitled, "Enough with the Firefighting Already!" which will include a case review during the Crisis Communications session on Day 1.

  • Preventing Workplace Violence Woodruff & Sawyer

    June 13, 2016Denver, CO

    Bob and Simon will participate in a panel to discuss workplace violence prevention, humanitarian assistance, alignment of active shooter with emergency response plans and crisis communications.

  • Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy

    March 21-25, 2016 & July 11-15, 2016Berkeley, CA

    Lynn and Simon return to this year’s Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy with two presentations during each session, “Building Crisis Leadership at your Institution“ and “Mitigating Reputational Risk through Issues and Crisis Management.”

  • AMA’s 2015 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education

    November 15-18, 2015Chicago, IL

    Simon joins as a panelist at the CMO Salon (by invitation only) to discuss “The Difference between Brand Reputation.”

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Cyber Liability Forum

    September 28-29, 2015Chicago, IL

    Simon will speak on “How to Manage Reputational Risk from a Cyber Attack or Data Breach”.

  • NetDiligence Cyber Risk and Privacy Liability Forum

    October 6-7, 2015Santa Monica, CA

    Simon will be speaking on panel discussion regarding  "Post-Breach Business Recovery: Getting Your Company Back on Track".

  • Western Payments Alliance Annual Conference

    September 15-16, 2015Las Vegas, NV

    Simon will be speaking at the Western Payments Alliance annual conference on “Beyond Technology:  Preparing For and Responding To a Data Breach or Cyber Attack.”

  • APLU's Council on Strategic Communications: Summer Meeting

    July 20-21, 2015Denver, CO

    Simon will present at the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities' Council on Strategic Communications Summer Meeting on "How Effective Issues Management Can Protect Your School’s Reputation and Prevent Crises" together with Bronson R. Hilliard, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Media Relations, University of Colorado Boulder.

  • University of California Risk Summit

    June 3-5, 2015Oakland, CA

    Simon will present at UC Risk Summit on “Reputational Risk & Crisis Management in Higher Education” together with Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services at UC Santa Cruz.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE)

    May 4-6, 2015Los Angeles, CA

    Simon will present at this year’s Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Annual Conference on Marketing and Branding. Simon will be co-present with Ellen de Graffenreid,
Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
University of Missouri on “Reputation Rescue: Strategies for Issues and Crisis Management in the Era of Media Convergence”.

  • Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy

    March 23-27, 2015Berkeley, CA

    Lynn and Simon will present twice at this year’s Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy on “Reputational Risk & Crisis Management in Higher Education” and “Building Crisis Leadership at your Institution.”