Politics at Work: Balancing the Risks of Political & Social Activism by Employees

  • Location: Hybrid | Virtual & In-Person at INIE
  • Address: 300 W. Pensacola Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • RSVP Deadline: May 19, 2021

This will be a hybrid event. If you would like to attend in-person, please email Cathy to confirm. We will meet at the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE), socially distanced and following any safety precautions required. Details to come prior to the event. It is BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch).

On May 20 at 11:00 AM ET, Founder and Chief Reputation Architect of the strategic communications and management advisory firm Reputations Architects Inc, Jon Goldberg, will speak with the Capital Chapter about balancing the risks of political and social activism by employees. Topics explored will include:

  • Do employers have a right to take action against employees who engage in controversial speech or activities outside the workplace?
  • Where do employees’ free speech rights begin and end?
  • Must employers police their workers’ political conversations around the water cooler?
  • And how do employers strike the correct balance between treating workers lawfully, respecting a diversity of thought and protecting their reputations from harm?

Join us online or in-person to learn more about these growing risks and how to keep your organization out of the public spotlight—and out of court—at the same time.

Jon’s firm focuses on building, protecting and restoring reputations in a world of diminished trust and unprecedented stakeholder power. Jon founded Reputation Architects in 2009 after more than 25 years as an advisor to corporate executives and boards, a senior leader at some of the world’s most prominent

communications firms and a front-line spokesman for major corporations and non-profit organizations. His reputation risk and crisis management experience spans the gamut from activist attacks and social unrest, complex litigation matters, cybersecurity breaches, technology and supply chain failures, product and service issues, executive malfeasance and workplace accidents, to labor and employment disputes, natural and human-made disasters, unexpected executive transitions and all manner of criminal, regulatory and other government investigations.

Before founding Reputation Architects, Jon was partner and director of the Corporate Affairs practice of Porter Novelli, the international communications consultancy. Earlier, he was executive vice president, general manager and national director of crisis and litigation communications at Edelman, served in senior client management roles at J. Walter Thompson, and was a principal media spokesman for The Prudential Insurance Company.

A frequent speaker, author and commentator on reputation risk management, crisis and litigation communications, Jon is a member of the executive committee and 2021 chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy, a director-at-large of PRSA-New Jersey and co-chair of PRSA’s national Civility Task  Force. Trained as a journalist, Jon holds a BA degree in journalism and an MBA in finance, both from New York University.


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