Collected Strategies, an independent advisory firm, is launched by five Joele Frank veterans, along with Ed Hammond, a business journalist who has worked for Bloomberg and the Financial Times. In addition to Hammond, the founding partners are former Joele Frank partners Scott Bisang, Jim Golden, Nick Lamplough and Dan Moore, and Jude Gorman, who was the agency’s COO. Collected will be working with clients in practice areas including media relations and corporate reputation management; investor relations; transaction communications; shareholder activism defense and corporate governance; corporate communications; financial and operational crisis; and bankruptcy and restructuring. “Business news coverage, whether of transactions, high-profile crises, or ongoing corporate activity, has evolved. Communications advice needs to as well,” said Hammond. “We founded Collected Strategies to be the solution for leaders who demand quality advice to meet the challenges of this evolution.”


A new study from D S Simon Media says that the top item on the list of things that annoy TV producers about PR people is being “bombarded.” Almost half (48 percent) of the 49 journalists surveyed for the study said they see that as a problem. Coming in second was PR people who “are not doing research and lack awareness about their show,” with “overpromising and underdelivering” coming in a distant third (5 percent). On the positive side, 18 percent of those surveyed said they were not annoyed. D S Simon Media CEO Doug Simon notes that “we haven’t previously seen positive comments from journalists about PR people,” adding that one possible cause for the change is that “the well-publicized cuts in media have forced journalists to rely more on PR people.”


Lippe Taylor founder and chairman Maureen Lippe releases “Radical Reinvention: Reimagine, Reset, Reinvent in a Disruptive World,” a book that walks readers through the process of reimagining and transforming their lives and careers. In the book, Lippe shares the story of how she reinvented her life following the loss of her husband to Covid, as well as how she reinvented Lippe Taylor Group. The book outlines an 8-Step Reinvention Toolkit that Lippe created, tested, and verified with therapists and several Radical Re-Inventors whose stories are told in its pages. “A radical reinvention is how I kept myself and my company alive,” Lippe says. “I went on a deep journey of rediscovery that was hard and radical, but I believe my story can help a lot of people who are struggling with the same need to reimagine and transform their lives and careers.” Published by Blue Moon Press, “Radical Reinvention” is now available at Amazon and other book retailers. A special is available for Amazon Prime Day, allowing readers to get digital copy of the book for just $0.99 the week of July 10. All book proceeds will benefit Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit helping provide structured mentorship programs, focused support, and inspiring connections to help girls (and those who identify with girlhood) define, and achieve their unique visions of success.