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"Ice Cream Recall Snags Blue Bell" 

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In the News

Temin and Company is often quoted in print, broadcast and social media on topical issues as well as industry trends.

Following is a list of links to those articles, beginning with the most recent.

Leading in a 'MeToo' Era

Wanda Wallace, "Out of the Comfort Zone," Voice America, September 14, 2018

In the era of #MeToo, less and less silence surrounds cases of sexual harassment. Companies and leaders need to know what to do to prevent the problem in the first place as well as how to respond to accusations whether the case can be proven or not. Tune in to hear the experiences and advice from Davia Temin, who counsels boards, companies and leaders on how to manage their reputations especially in times of crisis. [...read more]

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California to Mandate Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

Sonny Santistevan, CyberVista, September 11, 2018

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California legislators have recently passed a bill that would mandate publicly-traded companies that are headquartered in California appoint one woman (at a minimum) on their board by the end of 2019. Boards with five or more directors will need to have at least two or three women by the end of 2021, contingent on the size of the board. Although California Governor Jerry Brown has yet to sign the bill, if he does, non-compliant companies will have to face financial penalties if they don't adhere to the legislative mandate.

"There are many roads to Mecca and many ways we can accomplish strong, wise, smart, and diverse boards" said Davia Temin, President and CEO of Temin and Company. "On a principal level, I'm not very much for quotas. However, I think that the law is going along with the drumbeat of interest in getting more women on boards. I think it would happen regardless whether there is a law or not because I think the momentum is there, but I do think this is going to hurry it along."

When asked if the legislation would test the pipeline of potential qualified female candidates, Temin seemed less concerned. "I do think there is a great pipeline for women directors – and a full pipeline for women directors that exist already, so I think that should this law be on the books, they will find some great people to populate the director ranks." [...read more]

From Pot Podcasts to Taboo Tesla Tweets, Musk’s Antics Continue

Eve Tahmincioglu, Directors & Boards, September 10, 2018

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The Air Force is reportedly looking into Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent appearance on a popular podcast because it appears to showing the embattled executive smoking marijuana.

It's the latest in unusual behavior by Musk, including a tweet storm last month when he claimed he wanted to take Tesla private and then changed his mind. The claims apparently surprised the company's board; and they prompted a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry.

Clearly, Musk marches to the beat of his own drummer, but in cases like this, what's a board to do?

Corporate crisis and reputation adviser Davia B. Temin, CEO of Temin and Company Inc., weighs in:

There have always been "force-of-nature" CEOs. These are the geniuses who single-handedly build or propel organizations to new heights of innovation, achievement, profitability and impact. As a society, we tend to revere them, as much for their sins as for their sainthood. But, as directors, we are plunged into a conundrum. How much leeway do we give them, and when do we need to pull in the reigns? [...read more]

Moonves Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Richard Quest, Quest Means Business, CNN Money, September 10, 2018

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It's a pivotal moment for the #MeToo Movement and for CBS. Their Chief Executive, Les Moonves, is leaving the company immediately, pushed out by fresh accusations of sexual assault. Moonves is the first Fortune 500 CEO to be ousted through the #MeToo era.

The controversy isn't over because the details of Moonves' payout is still to be decided. CBS shares have regained some of the early losses. They are still down for the day, that's partly because with Moonves gone, the battle for control of CBS has come to an end.

Richard Quest talked to media reputation strategist, Davia Temin, about Moonves' exit and potential payout, the #MeToo Movement, how a board should respond to years' old allegations, and Serena Williams' response to her fine at the U.S. Open. [...read more]

Money managers get caught up in #MeToo movement

Christine Williamson, Pensions & Investments, September 3, 2018

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In the year since Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults came to light, institutional investors have begun to ask external money managers about their firms' histories on sexual misconduct.

The nascent trend to ask money managers to disclose sexual harassment and assault settlements was sparked by the #MeToo movement, which reignited last October after women all over the world shared their stories of sexual abuse in response to the Weinstein revelations, industry observers said.

"Weinstein was the game changer," said Davia B. Temin, formerly a money management marketing executive who now is president and CEO of New York-based Temin and Co. Inc., a crisis and reputation management specialist.

"Pension funds and other institutional investors aren't going to invest — or remain invested — with money managers with reputational issues. Negative publicity is a huge deterrent," Ms. Temin said. [...read more]

The need for sleep: Elon Musk and the perils of working around the clock

Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, BNN Bloomberg, August 24, 2018

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Burning the midnight oil at work? Many of us are guilty of it. But Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's admission in a New York Times interview that he works 120 hours a week on little sleep has sparked a debate about workplace culture and how productive senior executives can be under grueling work schedules.

Everyone from Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington to workplace experts have weighed in on Musk's need to slow down and recharge. But will taking a break make an impact on the fast-paced and pressurized work culture in the corporate world?

While founder-driven companies typically have a sense of urgency to succeed, there is a fine line between achieving those goals and fostering an "over-stressed mania," said Davia Temin, CEO of New York-based management consultancy Temin and Company.

Musk's work ethic is not unusual when you look at other tech leaders like Apple Inc.'s late co-founder Steve Jobs. But Temin adds that Musk's "acting out" could be stressing out Tesla's employees.

"If Musk were a moderate man he would never have accomplished what he has," Temin said. [...read more]

The troubling case of Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett and the #MeToo movement

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2018

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is in the early stages of an investigation into allegations that actress Asia Argento sexually abused child actor Jimmy Bennett at a Marina del Rey hotel in 2013. But like so many sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood over the last year, this case is playing out in the media and the court of public opinion.

Law enforcement authorities from Los Angeles to London have investigated dozens of allegations against Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others. The Argento case, however, is unique because she was one of the leading figures calling out others in Hollywood for alleged wrongdoing.

"It's a man-bites-dog story, and it's an anomaly in a serious and profound movement forward," said Davia Temin, a crisis manager who does research on the #MeToo movement. "It shows that the story gets more complicated." [...read more]

Les Moonves, The Most Powerful CEO To Face #MeToo, Is Winning. So Far.

Emily Peck, Huffington Post, August 19, 2018

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It's been more than three weeks since The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow's damning article on Les Moonves, the longtime chief executive of CBS. The allegations were horrifying.

For all the hype about how the Me Too movement is taking down powerful men, nearly a third of the most high-profile executives and celebrities accused of misconduct since 2015 haven't lost their jobs, according to data compiled by New York crisis consulting firm Temin & Co.

Temin started tracking this back when women were coming forward with accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, but the movement really gained speed in the fall of 2017, after the Weinstein allegations came to light. In all, the firm says, 483 executives and celebrities have been accused publicly, which it measures by being mentioned in at least seven major publications. Of that number, 144 have not experienced any professional fallout ― yet. That includes Trump, Moonves and Jeff Fager, the "60 Minutes" executive producer. Some may be under investigation.

At least four have already made comebacks, according to Temin. [...read more]

The big picture: #MeToo has exposed hundreds of high-profile people

Haley Britzky, Axios, July 7, 2018

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More than 400 high-profile executives and employees from across the professional spectrum have been brought down by the #MeToo movement in the last 18 months, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: While #MeToo isn't dominating headlines the way it was last year, the movement has still been at work behind the scenes. Davia Temin, whose firm Temin & Co. conducted the study cited by Bloomberg, said that while the accusation rate "has been slowing ... the percentage of people being fired has increased." [...read more]

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