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Uber, MADD team up on anti-drunk driving PSA for July 4th weekend

Uber, MADD team up on anti-drunk driving PSA for July 4th weekend

Uber is also matching donations made to MADD through this Sunday.

Burson-Marsteller to help clients plant their flags in Cuba

Burson-Marsteller to help clients plant their flags in Cuba

Latin America president Ramiro Prudencio is leading the Miami-based service.

Grayling promotes Jonathan Curtis to head of public affairs

Grayling promotes Jonathan Curtis to head of public affairs

Grayling has promoted Jonathan Curtis to head of public affairs following the management reshuffle after the departure of UK & Ireland CEO Alison Clarke.

Scotts Miracle-Gro CCO: Why we spoke out on marriage equality

Scotts Miracle-Gro CCO: Why we spoke out on marriage equality

Headquartered in a conservative corner of Ohio, Scotts Miracle-Gro knew it would receive some backlash for posting in support of marriage equality. Here's why it decided to do so anyway.

Gore: 'The wisdom of crowds is not just a buzz phrase'

Gore: 'The wisdom of crowds is not just a buzz phrase'

The former vice president sat down with WPP chief Martin Sorrell at Cannes.

Brands rejoice on Twitter as gay marriage is legalized

Brands rejoice on Twitter as gay marriage is legalized

After the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is officially legal in the US, brands showcased their pride on social media.

#LoveWins: Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide

#LoveWins: Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide

"It sends a message of fairness and sends a message, not just for this generation, but for generations to come [that] LGBT families are to be treated with dignity and respect," said Stephen Macias, MWW SVP and LGBT practice lead.

White House bond brings Fenway Strategies and The Incite Agency together

White House bond brings Fenway Strategies and The Incite Agency together

"Since we all left the [Obama] administration, we've looked for opportunities to work together with old friends and colleagues, particularly when they have particular skill sets," said Ben LaBolt, founding partner at The Incite Agency.

Political leadership needed on Confederate flag came from the private sector

Political leadership needed on Confederate flag came from the private sector

Many prominent politicians waited for political cover before taking a stand on the Confederate flag. They got it from Walmart, Sears, and Amazon.

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 6.24.2015

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 6.24.2015

Incite Agency, Fenway Strategies team up; The latest from Cannes; Instagram to plug into live events.

Nikki Haley: We're taking it down

Nikki Haley: We're taking it down

South Carolina's Republican governor said Monday that the Confederate flag "does not represent the future" of her state.

Trump's in. What that means for GOP primary comms

Trump's in. What that means for GOP primary comms

Dismiss Donald Trump as a joke at your own peril, warn GOP strategists.

Massachusetts looks for international marketing help

Massachusetts looks for international marketing help

The Bay State is searching for support from a consultant for its marketing programs overseas.

Campbell Ewald replaces Weber Shandwick on $50m-a-year Covered California account

Campbell Ewald replaces Weber Shandwick on $50m-a-year Covered California account

The health benefits exchange also retained Ogilvy Public Relations for its $2-million-a-year communications account.

6 questions for Mark Penn as he departs Microsoft

6 questions for Mark Penn as he departs Microsoft

The former Burson-Marsteller CEO said Wednesday that he's founding investment advisory firm the Stagwell Group, based in Washington, DC.

Mark Penn exits Microsoft to found investment firm

Mark Penn exits Microsoft to found investment firm

The former Burson-Marsteller chief executive joined Microsoft three years ago. The company won't replace him in the role.

It's official: Jeb! kicks off 2016 presidential campaign

It's official: Jeb! kicks off 2016 presidential campaign

In addition to a speech in Miami, the former Florida governor released a Snapchat story about his campaign Monday.

NYPD names FBI's Peter Donald as comms director

NYPD names FBI's Peter Donald as comms director

He had worked at the FBI since 2010 as a public affairs specialist.

Top Clinton aides: 'Who will fight for you?' will define 2016 race

Top Clinton aides: 'Who will fight for you?' will define 2016 race

The night before Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign officially launched in New York, her campaign manager and communications director explained how their team will try to define her as the candidate who will fight for everyday people.

Turning around McDonald's may be Robert Gibbs' toughest job yet

Turning around McDonald's may be Robert Gibbs' toughest job yet

Robert Gibbs rocketed to political superstardom as the top press aide to Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election. He’ll have to be just as much on his game to help McDonald’s out of its slump.

Analysis

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush. And now Mario Draghi. They've all had press conferences or public events interrupted. Here's how to stop that from taking place, and what to do if it happens.

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

Will 2016 be the Periscope election? The Meerkat election? Or the even bigger data election? It's not that simple, but new platforms will help campaigns perform faster and more consistently across media than ever before.

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Companies in Indiana and Arkansas say opposing "religious freedom" laws in their states wasn't just the right thing to do; it was also the right thing for their businesses.

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

Gun violence has become a routine headline in the 24/7 news cycle.

DC Influencers

DC Cannabis Campaign leverages social high to spark action

DC Cannabis Campaign leverages social high to spark action

Adam Eidinger, chairman of DC Cannabis Campaign, discusses the impact of the group's successful effort to get cannabis legalized in the capital.

Campaign urges know-it-all teens to think about The Real Cost of using tobacco

Campaign urges know-it-all teens to think about The Real Cost of using tobacco

The Real Cost takes a different approach to the dangers of tobacco use.

Fliflet: How digital outreach is raising sexual violence awareness

Fliflet: How digital outreach is raising sexual violence awareness

Katherine Hull Fliflet, VP, comms, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, details how digital has helped the group promote its message.

National Action Network rallies people around police reform

National Action Network rallies people around police reform

Janaye Ingram, executive director, National Action Network, discusses the group's Washington rally and plans to engage people about police reform.

United Nations Foundation CEO: Telling the UN's story to a global audience

United Nations Foundation CEO: Telling the UN's story to a global audience

Kathy Calvin, president and CEO, United Nations Foundation details how the organization leverages its skills to support the work of the UN.

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Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

VP, communications, Apple

Autism advocacy group keeps issue in the spotlight after lighting it up blue

Autism advocacy group keeps issue in the spotlight after lighting it up blue

Millions of people participated in Light It Up Blue, an international, grassroots movement to raise awareness and drive action for the global autism community.

Wolfson: How safety initiative educated parents about dangers to children in pools

Wolfson: How safety initiative educated parents about dangers to children in pools

When pool-owning parents were asked about the risks of drowning to children, many seemed disconnected from the danger.

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

How star power helped feed New Yorkers over the holidays

Food Bank For New York City needed a strong call to action to provide 1.5 million struggling New Yorkers with emergency food and services during the holiday season.

Love is a Gift celebrates those who matter most

Love is a Gift celebrates those who matter most

#LoveIsAGift allowed us to give back and celebrate the work Easter Seals does in providing help, support services, and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, their caregivers, and veterans.