Three Things Sunday Night’s Golden Globe Awards Ceremony Taught Us

  1. We all need to go see 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  2. Oprah continues to have the strongest brand EVER.
  3. Women are going to continue to raise their voices in opposition to harassment and mistreatment in the workplace.

With the increasing number of celebrities and executives who have been called out for sexual assault and harassment, are “you too” going to be impacted by #MeToo? Smart business owners and managers should be asking themselves that question.

It’s not that we don’t have the utmost admiration for our clients and the brands we represent. It’s just that savvy companies have crisis plans in place BEFORE they need them. And the sad fact is sexual harassment and assault is a reality of the workplace. The new fact is that as women in high profile industries like entertainment, tech and Fortune 100s, speak out, they will empower more women to do the same. It’s boldface names we’re reading about today, but their high profile only ensures we’ll be reading similar stories in trade magazines across every industry in 2018.

As we embark on a new year, I urge you to examine both your antiharassment and antidiscrimination policies as well as your diversity efforts. And, I encourage you to reach out to us to review your crisis communications plans. The norms for addressing these situations are evolving daily and can make or break corporate cultures and reputations. Let us help you do the right thing.