Meeting the moment: Writing during social justice movements
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In recent years, the nation has been in the throes of a groundswell of engagement and activism in response to global and domestic events. From Black Lives Matter to the women’s march to national anthem protests to #MeToo, the need for speechwriters to navigate the complexities of public opinion and politics is increasingly crucial.
- Recognize when a movement has galvanized the nation’s collective psyche
- Establish whether your organization has a stance on an emerging movement
- Successfully acknowledge or address sensitive social justice issues
- Prepare speakers for unscripted thorny moments
- Harness those captivating stories in your speaker’s personal arsenal
Janelle Carter Brevard is the vice president of communications for the Council on Foundations, a nearly 70-year-old nonprofit leadership association of grant-making foundations and corporations. She began her speechwriting career working for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and later spent three years as senior adviser and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. After leaving the public sector, Janelle led executive and leadership communications at Hilton Worldwide and Delphi Automotive in Troy, Mich. Janelle has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University. In 2015, Janelle was selected as part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a first-of-its-kind executive education-style partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.