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Spitfire Spotlight: Bringing Eclectic Expertise and a Commitment to Equity to Spitfire and Clients

  Just like New York City, the newest members of Spitfire’s New York office are diverse and know how to move fast. They’re also deliberate strategists, who came to Spitfire wanting to apply their expertise in new and different ways.   Sheetal Dhir, a vice president, most recently served as… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Lifting up People’s Stories — and Each Other’s Work

  Inga Skippings and Erin Uy have a great deal in common, and it’s not just because they both began working at Spitfire’s Washington, DC office within less than a month of each other this summer. They share a deep commitment to elevating the stories of people who stand up… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Sherice Perry

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  The opportunity to engage in youth sports shaped Sherice Perry’s entire life. She didn’t receive formal training in the sports she loved until she went to middle school, where the combination of sports and education showed her that when people are given an opportunity, their potential is limitless. “I love that… (read more)

Why You Shouldn’t Say “Alternative Facts” And Other Pro Tips from Professor and Misinformation Researcher Dr. Emily Thorson

  In this era of alternat—I mean, misleading statements and misdirection, progressive political advisers, communication professionals and advocates are working overtime to combat misinformation and get out the truth. Every pundit seems to have their own theory about how the #MAGA faithful’s untruths and conspiracies spread—whether through social media bots,… (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: 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)

Nine Things NOT to Say During Your Next Presentation

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

I’ve been to a lot of gatherings lately. Some speakers made me jump to my feet and beg for an encore. Seriously. Others lost the epic battle for my attention to my iPhone. At Spitfire, I’ve prepped speakers for TED, Aspen Ideas Festival, Ignite Talks, large keynote addresses and critical… (read more)

It’s Okay If You Don’t Like “This Is Us,” But It’s Important to Know Your Audience Might

Here’s the thing: People love movies and TV shows. Even if you limit your intake of pop culture to nibbling NPR and the New Yorker, know that others – including untapped target audiences you may desperately attempt to reach – are feasting more broadly. In fact, according to recent research… (read more)

Don’t Let Your Advocacy Efforts Take a Vacation during Congress’ Summer Recess

Congress is currently on recess and won’t return to Capitol Hill until early September. But that doesn’t mean your policymaker outreach should take a recess as well! During the month of August, policymakers head home to enjoy some down time and to reconnect with constituents in their state or district…. (read more)

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- Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

Communicating During a Crisis

Erin B. Hart

By Erin B. Hart
Chief Innovation Officer

Expressions of caring connect us in our shared humanity during challenging times. We are navigating similar, and very personal challenges, as we manage our lives around the spread of COVID-19. Many of Spitfire’s trusted partners are working with us to determine if they should address the pandemic and, if so,… (read more)

A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Whether you find yourself running more remote teams or are looking to responsibly react to containing pandemics, being good at virtual meetings isn’t just a valuable skill – it’s an essential one. Since I’m often asked to run strategic sessions, I’m sharing the tips I have learned over the years… (read more)

Anticipating (Rather than Dreading) the Future

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

I recently attended an unconference in Peekskill, New York at a maker space. With the help of a very astute curator, we did indeed plan an interesting day where I learned about fusion, getting the most reluctant people to vote, and participating in the circular economy where we figure out… (read more)

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