Originally Published PR Week October 2009

If you’re a Tom Friedman fan, you know he doesn’t write much about the world of public relations. But he might as well have in one of his recent columns.

Headlined “The New Untouchables,” Friedman writes that in addition to our banking system needing a “reboot and an upgrade,” so too does our education system.

Against a backdrop of who is getting laid off in this economy and who isn’t, a clear trend seems to have emerged: “Those who have the ability to imagine new services, new opportunities and new ways to recruit work (are) being retained. They are the new ‘untouchables’,” Freidman writes. Those simply waiting for the economy to improve so they can resume their jobs the way they had in the past are the very people apt to be let go.

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Jeff Lockwood, Executive Director of Communications for the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research, Jennifer Kuperman, VP of Corporate Communications at Visa, Russell Wilkerson, Director of Corporate Communications at GE, and Melissa Martin, Director of Corporate Communications at Symantec, explore the importance of preparation and answering the tough questions before embarking on a corporate social media initiative.

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Richard Jones, SVP and Chief Communications Officer at Guardian LIfe Insurance Company, on the key communications challenges a tumultuous economy poses for a large financial services company.

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Arthur Page Society Future Leaders Experience participants Diane Terrell, VP of Strategic Communications at FedEx; Benjamin Atkins, Global Pharma News Manager at Novartis; and Morgan Marzec, a consultant at Gagen MacDonald, discuss overcoming the first barrier to adopting corporate social media programs ... culture.

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