Who Says Turkeys Can’t Fly?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Our Clients, Our Culture

This story ends with 50,000 pounds of turkey and begins about week earlier when Dave LaPorte, Denver Station Manager for Southwest Airlines, saw a report on the news: “The Denver Rescue Mission is in trouble,” the story said. “In just three weeks, they will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner for people down on their luck,…

Inspiring Award Win

Posted by on Oct 21, 2009 in Our Business, Our Clients, Our Culture

I had the pleasure of attending the Association of Women in Communication’s (AWC) Clarion Awards dinner in Seattle last week to accept the Community Service Campaign award we won with Crocs, Inc. for helping launch their SolesUnitedSM program. As part of the awards dinner, Ann Curry, news anchor for NBC News’ “Today,” and “Dateline NBC,”…

‘We made the decision to shut up’

Posted by on Oct 7, 2009 in Our Business

Regrets? He’s had a few. Turnaround specialist Robert S. “Steve” Miller, who has led restructurings of Chrysler, Waste Management and Bethlehem Steel, among others, is preparing to step down as executive chairman of Delphi Corp. following the auto parts maker’s exit from bankruptcy this week. He spoke with Joann Lublin, the award-winning management news editor…

Enraged but Grateful

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Our Business, Our Clients

It was hard not to feel enraged while listening to news stories this morning on the Today Show about Jaycee Lee Dugard.  The rage made me pedal faster at the gym. No one should have to endure this kind of horror – no child, no family. But rage turned into a feeling of gratefulness that…

Think small

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Our Clients

Gary E. McCullough, president and chief executive of Career Education Corporation – which includes our client Colorado Technical University – was asked this week about his most important leadership lesson.  He recalled a time early in his military career when his platoon was conducting infantry exercises in rainy, dreary weather. The Army commanding general sent…

A ‘Happonen’ visitor

Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Our Business

We never know who’s going to wash up on our beach at Linhart PR on any given day, and we like it that way. Keeps it fresh. Earlier this week, we had a visit from Heidi Happonen, a Seattle-based communications and marketing veteran who runs “the only dedicated public relations agency in Everett, Washington,” and…

It’s the Questions…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2009 in Our Business

If I were in charge of hiring an agency or vendor to support my organization’s social media efforts, I think I’d start to weed through the “Web 2.0 expert” claims by asking a few simple, open-ended questions. For example: What feeds populate your RSS reader, and why? Which blogger(s) have you followed the longest? Tell…

If the ump is playing, who’s calling the strikes?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Our Business

Journalists – reporters, columnists and anchormen alike – are trusted to tell Americans “the way it is,” through objective reporting, commentary and the nebulous practice of “news analysis.” They are not charged with representing their readers or viewers, or their own interests for that matter, in negotiations with elected officials.

Don’t be a victim

Posted by on Jul 15, 2009 in Our Business

Sharon and I met recently with leaders of an association representing agricultural producers in a large Western state, to provide media training, message development and coaching on strategic communications planning. This group faces conflicts over land use, environmental stewardship, public access and the livestock/wildlife interface. While their industry is the largest sector of the state…

Unlike Brüno, you’ll learn something from Food, Inc. (and it’s free)

Posted by on Jul 13, 2009 in Our Clients

By now, you’ve probably heard about the critically acclaimed documentary, Food, Inc., which offers a thought-provoking look into the nation’s food industry, exposing some harsh truths about where our food comes from, including how the animals we eat are treated and raised, how the basic livelihood of farmers and safety of hourly workers is compromised,…

Living life on the wild side

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in Our Culture

Joe Riis is a young wildlife photojournalist, emerging member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a National Geographic Young Explorer.  He is also the first Larsh Bristol Photojournalism fellow at the University of Wyoming.  I am proud to have helped to create this UW fellowship  to honor my friend Larsh’s memory and help encourage…

Celebrating Success

Posted by on Jun 5, 2009 in Our Clients

When Sharon founded Linhart PR, she created guiding beliefs which are still part of our firm’s foundation today. One of them is “We believe in celebrating victories.” Last night in NYC at PRSA’s annual Silver Anvil awards event, our team’s campaign, Rudi’s Organic Bakery: Educating Families about what’s Really in Bread, was honored with an…


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