Washington Update - September 17, 2018

Billy Moore

Congress cleared an appropriations package of spending for Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch for President Donald Trump's signature last week. Conferees agreed on a Defense-Labor-HHS appropriation that also includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the federal government through December 7, 2018.

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Higher Education Infographic

Blaine Bull

In the last 15 years, big-name universities have built extremely valuable brands and are seeing unprecedented growth. However, in the current era of increased scrutiny, higher education faces significant public risks.

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Expert Interview: Brands are Candidates

Mike Shannon

Between politics, culture and the public, we’ve entered a brand new public square. In this public square, “brands are candidates.” What does this mean? In our new expert interview series, Vianovo partner Mike Shannon explains how “brands are candidates” and shares more about the advice we give our clients on how to succeed in this new public square.

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How Starbucks Calmed a Brewing Crisis

Mike Shannon

Starbucks recently put on a crisis management clinic after a social media post showed two African-American men being arrested for no apparent reason at one of their Philadelphia stores on Thursday April 12. The coffee giant moved with incredible speed and took decisive action.

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Vianovo Launches ‘Philanthropy & Causes’ Practice

Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm that specializes in high-stakes brand, policy and crisis issues, today announced the formation of a Philanthropy & Causes consulting practice. The new practice formalizes and builds upon the firm’s pioneering work with some the world’s most well known philanthropies, foundations, charities, and causes.