Entries by PondelWilkinson

When the Viral Fog Lifts

Those who live in Southern California fully understand the terms “May gray” and “June gloom.” It’s that time of year when the sun comes out late afternoon. The temperature isn’t that cold, but gloominess permeates the air and stays around for most of the daylight hours. Most people hate it. This year, at least for […]

Our Industry Stands in Solidarity, So Do We

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” The words were spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. It is in that spirit, and at this sad time for our country, we put our core communications expertise to work with messages of universal resolve toward bringing […]

No Shut-down for Activism

While activist activity was down a bit in the first quarter of 2020, compared with last year’s first quarter, according to Activist Insight’s “Shareholder Activism in Q1 2020” report, there were still plenty of shareholder demands made of public companies. By sector, industrials was the largest group impacted by activism, followed by financial services and […]

Wash Your Hands and Don’t Panic!

If history has taught us anything, it’s that we should learn from it. Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), financial markets continue to be rattled, as the U.S. and other global economies desperately try to respond to the pandemic. Global travel, entertainment, sporting events and conferences all are being cancelled in an effort to […]

If …

Do you remember any of your elementary school teachers? Think back for a moment if any remain in your memory. My kindergarten teacher at Bateman Elementary School, on the north side of Chicago, was Mrs. Hart. I only remember her because it was kindergarten, and she was my first teacher. No one went to pre-school […]

Benefitting from a Small Thought

I’m not generally a fan of motivational speakers and their messages. While such speakers are usually talented and entertaining orators, try the next day to remember what they said, and… umm, it’s usually impossible. Recently, I heard one of these guys speak. He left the audience mesmerized with his oratory skills. But more importantly, he […]

Socially Responsible Investor Relations

Companies are often encouraged to disclose their do-gooder ways when it comes to environmental, social and governance principles, known as ESG. After all, an increasing number of investors are basing their investments on these traits. More than a quarter of the $88 trillion assets under management globally are invested based on ESG policies, according to […]

Taking America’s Pulse Online

The Pew Research Center recently announced it would be conducting the majority of its U.S. polling online, much like most other public opinion surveys these days. Until recently, phone-based surveys were the de facto standard for opinion polls. According to Pew’s own research, the number of surveys conducted over the Internet “have increased dramatically in […]