The Diversity Opportunity Inside a Global Organization

I had the opportunity to address the Colorcomm “C2” Conference in Miami last week.  MSLGROUP is proud to have been a sponsor of the event and is thrilled with the growing success of the Colorcomm organization, founded and led by our former employee, Lauren Wesley Wilson. One of the aspects of diversity that interests me is how the meaning of diversity changes when working inside a global organization.  We’v

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Stay the Course – Thoughts from the PR Jury

It’s been a week since the Cannes PR Awards ceremony for 2014 took place.  The night was filled with excitement and triumph for some, and puzzlement for others.   Questions ranged from ‘why didn’t we win?’ to “why didn’t more PR firms win?” to “what does this mean for the PR industry?”  My response to all of this is “relax and stay the course.”  Let’s not fall into the behavior of self-doubt.  No need to na

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Listening to Lions: Vlog 3 — Developing the Shortlist

In her third video from Cannes recorded late on Saturday night, MSLGROUP's Chief Client Officer Renee Wilson (@ReneeW), serving as the PR Lions jury President, makes three important points about the shortlist, not yet released: #1 She provides some interesting stats around how significantly this year's shortlist has grown. #2 In regard to "creativity," she talks about how judges are using the Internet to re

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Listening to Lions Vlog #2: Understanding the Role of Paid, Owned and Earned in the PR Lions Category

In her second video from Cannes, MSLGROUP's Chief Client Officer Renee Wilson (@ReneeW), serving as the PR Lions jury President, talks about the struggle of the PR Lions jury in grappling with the role of paid, owned and earned in the PR Lions category. While the the Cannes International Festival of Creativity doesn't begin until next week, Renee and the other judges are currently in Cannes reviewing over 1

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Listening to Lions: Cannes 2014

Renee Wilson (@ReneeW) is currently serving as the PR Lions jury President at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. While the festival doesn’t begin until next week, Renee and the other judges are currently in Cannes reviewing over 1900 entries in the PR category. Renee is giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Cannes jury process by vlogging in real-time this week & next. In this video, Rene

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Searching for Wisdom in the Creative Cacophony at Cannes by Renee Wilson

I’ve been to Cannes a number of times as a juror and as a delegate, and I’ve always approached it as an inspiring creative journey and a momentous learning experience.  This time each year, I’m reminded why I chose to be a professional communicator.  I’m excited by the energy of Cannes and its awesome magnetism that attracts some of the most creative minds in the world to this town in the south of France. [

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Rethinking the PR rhythm at Cannes

By Renee Wilson, chief client officer, MSLGROUP and president of the Cannes PR Lions jury In Brazil, the 2014 World Cup is on. About 5,800 miles away in Cannes, The International Festival of Creativity has begun. Both are the top professional competitions on the world stage. The slogan for this year’s World Cup is All in One Rhythm. In Cannes, the festival also beats to its own rhythm. However, not all the

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The Role of Creative Content in Global Problem-Solving

As communicators, too often we fail to think big enough about our craft.  The conversation happening this week at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos nudges us to think about the potential we hold in our hands. For way too long, the communications function has been dismissed as having only a tactical purpose; its true value has often gone unrecognized and untested. But, in so many areas -- from

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Together Our Future is Bright

Today we proudly and warmly welcome the clients and employees of Qorvis Communications to the MSLGROUP global network.  And, we introduce the clients of MSLGROUP to Qorvis MSLGROUP in Washington, DC. So much of the conversation around these types of agency business moves centers on the agencies themselves.  Perhaps, it’s my deep background in client service, but I’d like to focus on the client side of the s

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