Spitfire Strategies

Archive for April, 2016

On the Digital Drift: Video

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

The digital media space is constantly churning with changes and savvy online communicators are the ones who can keep up with the digital and social media trends. We know you’re busy, so we’re doing our part to keep you up to date by digging into these trends for you… and… (read more)

Social Issues + Motion Pictures = Reel Impact

The It Gets Better Project’s video aimed at inspiring hope in young people facing harassment sparked a viral revolution, garnering more than 50,000 video submissions and 50 million collective views. It’s also credited with a 50 percent increase in phone calls to the Trevor Project’s suicide prevention hotline, saving countless… (read more)

Connecting Foundations with Diverse Voices of the Environmental Movement

Midy Aponte

By Midy Aponte
Senior Vice President

As a communication strategist who specializes in system-building, with a long history in public interest work and grassroots organizing, I suffer from a condition I describe as Connector Syndrome. My Connector Syndrome is defined as: having a lot of information about really great work that a lot of different people are… (read more)

Preparing for the Main Event

The air was electric outside Barclay’s Center on March 18. It was the opening round of March Madness and people across the country sat glued to TVs while the lucky ticketholders crowded excitedly toward the arena to watch one of the first of many bracket-breaking games. As they approached the… (read more)

Tips for Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

Mark Dessauer

By Mark Dessauer
Vice President

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your professional skills, stay current on new tools and trends or network with thought leaders in your field, attending the right conference can move you toward your goal. But just going to the sessions and listening to speakers is only half of the experience. You… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

Challenge stereotypes…and other lessons from the immigration fight

By Lauryn Fanguen, Frank Karel Fellow Lauryn Fanguen is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public interest communications. Read more about Lauryn here. The Trump administration’s rhetoric and policies around immigration, including the… (read more)

Shaping the Next Generation of Social Impact Communicators

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  When people ask Lauryn Fanguen what she did with her summer vacation, she’s going to have a lot to talk about. Lauryn is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public… (read more)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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