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Spitfire Spotlight: Adam Bink

  Convincing the NFL to revise its player personnel policy after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice committed domestic violence. Defending Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. Achieving progress at all levels on issues, including climate change, LGBTQ rights, investment in schools and helping those harmed by the 2007–2010… (read more)

Finding the Words to Champion the Greater Good

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  An interest in politics isn’t new to Paige Swanson, a Karel Fellow who is working at Spitfire this summer before returning to Yale University for her senior year. But what is new to Paige is using strategic communication to make the case for political and social change. “I’ve worked… (read more)

Seen. Heard. Prioritized: Bringing Color and Sound to Communications

  Faridat Animashaun, a junior at Howard University, drafted the following blog post during her internship with Spitfire this Spring.    Seen. Heard. Prioritized. A successful communicator is all three of these things. But as a young, Black woman at the start of my career, I know this is easier… (read more)

Spitfire’s 17th Season: Leading an Evolution

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  2002. It was a big year. George W. Bush came up with the term “Axis of Evil.” Serena Williams won her first single’s title at Wimbledon. American Idol premiered and MTV unleashed “The Osbournes” reality show. I also started my own reality series – Spitfire Strategies. It is in… (read more)

Comedy and Social Justice: Using Laughs to Change Hearts and Minds

      By Paige Swanson, Karel Fellow   Last week, I was thrilled to hear from Caty Borum Chattoo, an award-winning communication strategist, producer, author, professor and director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. Caty stopped by Spitfire’s D.C. office to share her fascinating work to bring… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Kamara Jones

Caroline Gasparini

By Caroline Gasparini
Account Coordinator

  Kamara Jones loves to tell a good story. The new Spitfire Director started reporting professionally when she was 16 years old. While attending journalism camp in high school, one of her instructors saw promise in Kamara and convinced the editor of the local newspaper to give her a chance… (read more)

The Power of Poetry: Shifting the Narrative in Criminal Justice Reform

Caroline Gasparini

By Caroline Gasparini
Account Coordinator

  April is National Poetry Month, which means there is no better time to dust off a volume or two from your bookshelf or tune into U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s five-minute podcast The Slowdown (there are new episodes every weekday and it’s incredible). Through my work at Spitfire… (read more)

Don’t just celebrate women’s history: make history yourself

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  It’s Women’s History Month, and I am excited to celebrate the women whose shoulders we stand on. But more importantly, I want to address every leader, across all genders, who is in a position to set policies, practices, and precedents. Because every day offers a chance to make history… (read more)

Exploring our own space at frank 2019

Jacquelyn Smith

By Jacquelyn Smith
Account Executive

  What exactly is space? Does it constitute a physical area or is it a state of mind? How is space used, who is it used by and for what purpose? We all interpret the different shapes and meanings of shape in our own ways. That made it an apt… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Two Areas of Expertise, One Common Goal

  In Spitfire’s San Francisco office, there are two new team members bringing bold, creative ideas to the intersection of public health and environmental justice, with the shared goal of creating a more equitable future. Claire de Leon is a Director who recently joined Spitfire, bringing with her a deep… (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

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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