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Putting the Stimulus Package to Work for Communities

Annabelle Gardner

By Annabelle Gardner
Director

Community-based organizations are working around the clock to support communities hard hit by COVID-19. Last week, Congress passed the largest federal stimulus package in U.S. history — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act — which represents an unprecedented opportunity for community-based organizations like yours to advocate for… (read more)

Decolonizing Narratives and Communicating Justice: Spitfire at ComNet19

Mike Carter-Conneen

By Mike Carter-Conneen
Director

  At the Communications Network Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, Spitfire Strategies was proud to host a breakout session called “Decolonizing Narratives: Authentic Messaging, Ceding Control and Reckoning with Reality.” The panel, moderated by Spitfire Director Nima Shirazi, explored the blind spots of communication professionals, the problematic choices we can… (read more)

Building Communication Skills, One Aha! Moment at a Time

Mark Dessauer

By Mark Dessauer
Vice President

One of my favorite moments in a strategic communication training is when the light bulbs start to glow – when participants gain a new perspective on the power of communication. Furrowed brows transition into faces of wonder with both eyebrows and hopes raised. These moments are a sure sign that a… (read more)

Communication Bootcamp: Our Internal Crash Course on Communication Planning

Here at Spitfire, we’re constantly exploring new ways to be as smart as we can be when it comes to helping our clients use communication to create change. This includes making sure our staff are regularly sharpening their skills and studying new trends. We recently hosted a Communication Bootcamp to… (read more)

Your Issue is Too Serious to Not Be Funny

Two nonprofit executives walk into a bar… and the joke ends there because they both insist that their issues are too serious to joke about. But the joke is on them. They are missing out on one of the most powerful communication tools available. Whether addressing a crowd or meeting… (read more)

Never Stop Learning

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

As I sat last week at the Aspen Institute completing a weeklong seminar as a Henry Crown Fellow, it struck me how hard it is as an adult to make time for new learning. Two years ago, I remember writing an all-staff email to Spitfire about being a learning organization… (read more)

Say It Like You Mean It

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

From toasting an organization’s anniversary to giving a keynote address to presenting to a board of trustees, public speaking is a major part of any leadership position. For some, public speaking comes naturally. You have seen these leaders in action. They power up charisma like it is an app they… (read more)

A Case for a Communication Cleanse

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

When I started my career as a communicator, I spent a lot of time stuffing press kits and blast faxing headlines to news rooms throughout the country and across the globe. Today, I envy people who simply post documents and infographics to online news rooms – or hit send on… (read more)

Post-Election Webinar with Lake Research Partners: Dec. 9 @ 4 p.m. ET

Have you ever wished that a top national pollster would help you interpret election outcomes and share insights to inform your New Year campaign planning?  Yes?!  Then Spitfire has GREAT news for you.  Spitfire is hosting a free webinar featuring Celinda Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 4-5 p.m. EST…. (read more)

Color Me Purple

Dennis Poplin

By Dennis Poplin
Chief Learning Officer

I was recently clicking through my favorite Tumblr sites when my finger froze mid-scroll. Sometimes, you stop to get a better look or maybe read a caption. Rare is the post that actually makes you stop and think. But there I was, staring at a Venn diagram and suddenly I… (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

Building Movements Through Art, Communication and Advocacy

Claire de Leon

By Claire de Leon
Director

Power is invisible. That’s part of what makes it tricky to dismantle. Audre Lorde asks us, “What are the words you do not yet have?” – a rallying cry to move from silence to speaking the truth of our experiences. For me, art across time and mediums has played a… (read more)

Many of your Black co-workers and friends are not okay right now: Here’s what you can do

Inga Skippings

By Inga Skippings
Chief Engagement Officer

Many of my white friends and colleagues reached out over the past week to check in on me. They saw George Floyd die pinned beneath Minneapolis police officers’ knees and read how the Louisville police used a no-knock warrant to execute Breonna Taylor. They saw Ahmaud Arbery’s killers arrested only… (read more)

In a Time of Scarcity, We Need Narratives of Abundance

Caroline Gasparini

By Caroline Gasparini
Account Coordinator

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, people are feeling a lot of emotions right now, all at once. There is uncertainty in our day-to-day lives, concern over the future and fear for the health, safety and livelihood of our families, friends, neighbors and selves. It’s easy to become overwhelmed… (read more)

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