Spitfire Strategies

Archive for August, 2017

The Words We Use Matter

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

  We’ve likely all done it. Spent 15 minutes crafting one sentence. Kicked ourselves for coming up with the perfect retort that would leave our audience speechless after the fact. Or had a full staff discussion about whether to use the word equity or equality in our new vision statement…. (read more)

Top 6 Reasons Communications Won the Day on Healthcare

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Chief Strategy Officer

We’ve basked in the glow of victory now for a couple of weeks, savoring the sweet win of repeal and replace’s resounding defeat (for now, at least). The congratulatory emails full of thanks and pats on the back flooded our in-boxes and dominated news headlines. Now we’re in that sweet… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Melanie Moon, Senior Account Executive

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? Right now I am starting to work with a couple of different client teams focused on environmental conservation and social justice issues, with a focus on race and economic impact. What made you want to be a Spitfire? I was… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Alexander Boykin, Training Coordinator

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? As a training coordinator at Spitfire, I manage the logistics of Spitfire’s training workshops. My team focuses on helping foundations and nonprofits learn new ways to utilize communication as they work to spark social change. So far this year, I… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Jae Aron, Senior Account Executive

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? In my first few weeks, I’ve jumped headfirst into a wide array of projects on issues ranging from health care to economic and social justice. One of the best things about Spitfire (so far) is that the work is always… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Aketa Williams, Director

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? The majority of my clients are strengthening aspects of public education so that all students have access to highly effective teachers, classroom lessons that drive results and schools that focus on their outcomes. I help them develop the smart strategies… (read more)

How Late-Night Talk Show Hosts Might Be the Activists America Needs Right Now

Late-night television programs are remarkably successful pushing policy issues into mainstream conversation – sometimes even better than traditional broadcast news. However, what’s really remarkable is that organizations rarely take advantage of this opportunity to promote their issues. Shows like Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight use… (read more)

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Get to know our newest Spitfires

There are some new faces at Spitfire, adding valuable talents and perspectives to the Spitfire team. We sat down with four of them to learn more about some of their favorite things—at work and at play.   Where were you before Spitfire? Mike Carter-Conneen Director, Washington, D.C. I spent 15… (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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