Someone to Know: Q&A with Intuitive Surgical Senior Director of Corporate Communications Kimi Nishita

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 28, 2018

I’ve had the honor of working with Kimi Nishita, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Intuitive Surgical, over the years. This passionate communications leader is a master at finding creative and innovative ways to connect employees to the company strategy and goals. With a love of learning and knowing the latest trends and best practices, she achieves success by combining cutting-edge communication strategies and tried-and-true traditional vehicles to reach and engage employees. She has an amazing ability to connect with people and build lasting relationships in work. I’m inspired by her energy and belief that life is too short to not love what you do, be surrounded by the best (including those she works with and her husband, two children and extended family) and great food! Learn more about this exceptional leader in our Q&A.

Q&A with Kimi Nishita,
Senior Director of Corporate Communications
at Intuitive Surgical

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Sinickas Communications CEO Angela Sinickas

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 07, 2018

Next up in our series, is a Q&A with organizational communications measurement pioneer and thought leader, Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications. I'm honored to know and work with Angela as we help organizations realize the value of strategic internal communications measurement. Long before measuring the business impact of organizational communications was best practice, she was not only implementing it, but writing and speaking about it. We discuss how her award-winning expertise in the measurement process goes beyond tactics and increasing awareness to changing behaviors that achieve better business results. All done through communication effectiveness research and strategies. She also provides pressing advice for leaders on why they should conduct communication research even when resources are tight. Angela’s “ah-ha” insights are compelling and I’m excited to share with you our Q&A here.

Q&A with Angela Sinickas,
CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Comcast Vice President of Communications Jack Segal

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 31, 2018

This innovative and award-winning strategic communications professional (and all-around great guy) is at the top of his game and is absolutely Someone to Know. Jack Segal, Vice President of Communications at Comcast Cable's Greater Chicago Region, discusses his role, tried and true strategies to reach and engage employees, and the instrumental ways communications plays a major role at Comcast. As a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and more broadly, for the importance of inclusion and belonging, Jack uses his skills and talents to make a meaningful difference in Chicago and in the communities Comcast operates.

Q&A with Jack Segal,
Vice President of Communications
at Comcast

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Someone to Know: Q&A with International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) Program Director Christer Hellstrand

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 17, 2018

Christer Hellstrand, Program Director for International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG), is proud and passionate about what he’s accomplished in his career and life. From co-launching IAEG, which is advancing innovative environmental solutions for the aerospace industry, to his leadership at Boeing, to his love of cooking and culture, Christer is definitely Someone to Know. In our Q&A, we discuss his experiences and insights on improving communications – especially around environment, health and safety – what organizations he most admires and why, key advice for new leaders, and more.

Q&A with Christer Hellstrand,
Program Director at International Aerospace
Environmental Group (IAEG)

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Former McDonald's Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer Karen King

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 03, 2018

You might recognize this next business leader as the person McDonald’s brought out of retirement: Karen King, former Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer for McDonald’s Corporation. She’s an exceptionally skilled leader whose ability to innovate for growth was instrumental in McDonald’s success over the years. I was lucky enough to work with Karen both at McDonald’s when I was there, and here at The Grossman Group where we partnered with her as she lead efforts to transform McDonald’s and define its new strategy. She’s masterful at getting things done through others and I’m honored to share our Q&A with you here. And a fun fact: She began her career at McDonald’s in 1975 as a restaurant crew employee in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Q&A with Karen King,
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer at McDonald's

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Hallmark Cards Vice President of External Affairs Dean Rodenbough

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Sep 20, 2018

Dean Rodenbough is a remarkable leader with a true knack for communication. Dean built a world-class internal communications function at Hallmark before taking on a new role as the vice president of external affairs at Hallmark Cards. Having served in various positions at both Crayola and Hallmark, Dean embodies the true spirit of the brand: he’s creative, kind, and brings passion and innovation to his work. I hope you enjoy his wisdom in our Q&A.

Q&A with Dean Rodenbough,
Vice President of External Affairs
at Hallmark Cards

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Someone to Know: Q&A with AB InBev Global Manager of Internal Communications Megan Booker

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 29, 2018

What can business and communications learn from dance? Megan Booker is Global Manager of Internal Communications at AB InBev. Prior to joining AB InBev, Megan held a series of communications roles at Kimberly-Clark, and is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s in Global Strategic Communication. When she’s not helping shape the internal communication strategy for this global organization, Megan can be found pursuing another passion – dance. And, according to Megan, strategic communications and dance have a few things in common – I’ll let her tell you more.

Q&A with Megan Booker,
Global Manager of Internal Communications
at AB InBev

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Someone to Know: Q&A with AbbVie Director of Internal and Leadership Communications Matt Goebel

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jul 09, 2018

I’ve worked with this incredible leader in a few capacities over the years and I have to say he has a true knack for leadership communication and staying calm under pressure. It’s one of his many superpowers! I’m honored to introduce you to Matt Goebel, Director of Internal and Leadership Communications at AbbVie. In our Q&A he weighs in on his role today, how AbbVie rallies their 29,000 global employees around their mission to make an impact on people’s lives and the parallels he draws between his skills as an auctioneer and his role in communications. He’s full of wisdom and I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Matt Goebel,
Director of Internal and Leadership Communications
at AbbVie

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Unum Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jim Sabourin

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 27, 2018

You might know him as the past Chairman of the PRSA Corporate Communications Section… Next up in our series is Jim Sabourin, senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer at Unum. He’s a kind and open leader who’s known for being masterful at relationship and reputation management. He’s dealt with countless reputation issues throughout his career and shares a refreshing take on his role as the SVP of Communications, including some fantastic advice for leaders who want to be better. I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Jim Sabourin,
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
at Unum

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Someone to Know: Words of Wisdom from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head, Francis W. Parker School

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 13, 2018

With graduation season upon us, many are sharing words of wisdom to grads as they transition to their next chapter. Few thoughts have resonated more with me recently than the beautifully eloquent, quiet and energizing thoughts from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head at Francis W. Parker School. (Full disclosure – my husband, Steve, is fortunate to teach there with a group of hugely capable and caring educators. It’s also where our daughters, Avi and Noa, are getting a strong sense of self and finding their voice, along with learning terrific academic skills.) Read on, and find out why what John shared at a celebration for 8th graders is as appropriate for them, as it is for anyone else. His “perfectly imperfect” yet brilliant thoughts make him Someone to Know.

Words of Wisdom from John Novick,
Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools
at Francis W. Parker School

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