The USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations will address “The Future of Corporate Activism” at its 32nd Kenneth Owler Smith Symposium, to be held on March 31 at 6 p.m. The event will be presented live on the USC campus, and it will also be available to be livestreamed on Zoom. The symposium will go over the research from the center’s 2022 Global Communication Report, which discusses how to prepare PR departments and professionals to engage with activists, nonprofits and other external influencers. The panelists at the event are set to include Patagonia head of communications and policy K. Corley Kenna; Lyft vice president, communications Dominic Carr; Rare Beauty vice president, social impact and inclusion Elyse Cohen; and Ben & Jerry’s director of PR and communications Sean Greenwood. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


A free Institute for Public Relations webinar on March 21 will look at how communications pros can effectively combat the effects of workplace burnout. In “Overcoming Burnout: Effective Strategies to Elevate Your Mental Health,” panelists will go over strategies to help both leaders and employees stay motivated in their careers. The panel includes San Diego State University assistant professor Patrick Thelen, University of Alabama assistant professor Laura Lemon and Omnicom chief equity & impact officer Emily Graham.


The New York Financial Writers Association will be presenting the 79th edition of their Financial Follies, a fundraising event that lampoons major newsmakers, on May 20 at the Edison Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. There are still 14 tables available for those who would like to attend the event. Tables at this year’s Follies go for $6,000 for a table of 10, which includes an open bar for the night. The open bar will start at 6 p.m. with the follies getting underway at 7 p.m.