Traci Otey Blune
Traci Otey Blunt

Blunt Group Strategies, a boutique Black and woman-owned firm that provides strategic consultation for clients in the sports, politics, and entertainment sectors, is started up by Traci Otey Blunt, former senior vice president, corporate communications at the NFL...In that position, Otey Blunt led communications strategies across several priority areas, including rapid response; business operations; NFL media; diversity, equity and inclusion; and social corporate responsibility. Before coming to the NFL, she held several leadership roles at The RLJ Companies and was deputy communications director for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign. “I have worked with dozens of leaders in politics, sports and entertainment, as well as in the corporate sector. These experiences have shown me the intricate dynamics required for successful, cross-industry collaboration,” said Otey Blunt.

Smitha Rao
Smitha Rao

Inkhouse is holding a virtual event on Nov. 12 that will examine diversity in media as well as broadcast pitch angles. The 9:30 a.m. “meet the press” media panel event, which will be moderated by Inkhouse director of media strategy Smitha Rao, will feature NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt producer Mary Godie, Black News Channel producer Maria White Tillman and Archith Seshadri, a broadcast global journalist based in Atlanta. Among the topics to be discussed is where organizations are succeeding with diversity and where they need to improve.


Allison+Partners launches Connected Thought Leadership, a global offering designed to help CEOs and other leaders stand out in competitive environments by developing bold ideas and powerful, memorable conversations. The offering combines research, narrative discovery and messaging sessions, and robust integrated communications to help companies and business leaders establish a strong corporate reputation and differentiated thought leadership positioning. “We built CTL on over 20 years of experience helping top brands develop a thought leadership platform for the C-suite that is aligned to their mission, vision and values, and leverages 360-degree storytelling to help companies and institutions all over the world lead dynamic conversations while creating real social impact,” said Aydelotte, a partner and managing director in the agency’s corporate practice, who helped lead the development of the new offering.