As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events.
A university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU, Columbia and McGill. Her book and Crisis Ready Model are globally recognized as having elevated industry best practice and are currently taught in dozens of higher education courses around the world, including at Harvard University.
Agnes is proud to sit on the Police Professional Standards, Ethics and Image Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Within this Committee, Agnes current co-chairs an initiative focused on helping bridge the divide between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve throughout the US.
Agnes is also a member of the Global Advisory Council for The Institute for Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), an entity established to help world leaders understand, evaluate and strategically prepare for rising global risks; and in 2019 and 2020 she sat on the panel tasked with developing the International Standard for Crisis Management—Guidelines for developing a strategic capability, ISO 22361.
In 2015, Agnes gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century. She is also the editor of the Crisis Ready® Blog, was the host of the Invincible Brand Podcast, is a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, Vox, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.
- Strengthening Your Crisis Leadership Skills for 2022 and Beyond
2020 entered the world into an era of new change and challenge that has since continued—and will continue— to progress and evolve. Staying ahead of these changes and rising as a leader amidst the challenges is crucial in order to continue, not just to survive but to thrive throughout this era that we’ve all been thrown into.
Fortunately, there are a specific set of skills and capabilities to help you, your teams and your organization transform today’s volatile real-time challenges into real-time opportunities. This keynote, given by crisis management expert and Founder and CEO of Crisis Ready Institute, Melissa Agnes, explores these skills and capabilities.
This session will help you:
•Strengthen your and your team’s Crisis Ready skills Discover the secrets to rising as a leader amidst challenge, change, and adversity
•Learn how to transform real-time challenges into real-time opportunities
•Acquire the strategic foresight necessary to stay ahead and thrive forward
- Choosing Your Lens: Transforming Issues into Opportunities
Issue management is a part of every business -- whether it’s a customer complaint, an operational mishap, or worse. The lens through which your team chooses to see a negative event directly impacts the actions they take in response to that event, which also directly impacts the result that that event will have on your brand.
Furthermore, when a negative event strikes your organization, your team has one of two options available to them: Respond ineffectively and chip away at the brand’s trust and credibility over time, or respond effectively and make strong deposits into your brand’s bank of stakeholder goodwill.
What is the lens through which your team currently views less-than-ideal situations? How is it impacting your brand’s reputation over time? How does the culture of your business dictate, empower, and reward the mindset of driving those actions? Can you amplify these efforts in a way that continuously strengthens the trust and credibility associated with your brand?
As a crisis management advisor, Melissa helped to successfully manage several, real-world viral issues. This program will examine those issues and:
•Discusses the powerful advantages of effective, daily issue management in support of the brand’s longstanding reputation
•Helps participants clearly define the difference between an “issue” and a “crisis”, in order to establish effective strategies for real-time response
•Demonstrates techniques for auditing the organization’s current mindset to identify unique ways to empower and reward the right lens in every situation
•Provides best practices for effectively responding to viral issues in real-time, in a way that increases trust and credibility for the brand
How can you empower your team to transform every issue into an opportunity to build trust, credibility, and goodwill in the organization? This seminar will give your participants answers and implementable strategies to ensure the right lens is always chosen – inspiring the right actions to transform any business issue into a powerful brand opportunity.
- Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World
Bad things happen to good companies. And issues come in all sort of sizes. The potential risks in modern-day business are greater, more dynamic, and less predictable than ever before. And yet, the greatest exposure does not lie within these risks. Rather, it lies in having a team that is not prepared to anticipate, foresee, or respond to a rising threat, and its impact on your reputation, revenue, and relationships in real-time.
If a negative situation were to strike your organization, how confident do you feel that your entire team would know precisely what to do? Would they know how to immediately and effectively manage the situation in a way that results in increased stakeholder trust and loyalty?
In this program, Melissa Agnes, provides an applicable roadmap for helping you build an invincible brand through effective communication, issue management, and crisis readiness, resulting in increased organizational trust, credibility, and goodwill.
In this session, you will:
•Prepare for what you need to expect, deal with, and overcome when things go wrong
•Learn ways to exceed stakeholder expectations when it matters most
•Discover techniques to empower your team to make smart decisions that are focused on stakeholder-experience and relationship-strengthening
•Identify the difference between an issue and a crisis, and respond appropriately in real-time
•Discover the roadmap to brand invincibility