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"Gynecologist’s Actions Bring Down USC’s President" 

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"Harassment Claims Cost Wynn Resorts its Leader" 

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"NBC News Faces Questions After Lauer Firing" 

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"Equifax Hit With Massive Reputation Breach" 

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"Fujifilm Addresses Accounting Problems" 

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"Hacked Twitter Account Gives McDonald’s Indigestion" 

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"Qualcomm Chips Away at South Korea Probe" 

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"Tyson Finds Itself in Game of Reputation Chicken" 

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"Delta Grounded After Computer Crash" 

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"Signet Confronts Diamond Debacles" 

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"NFL Goes for Knockout Against New York Times" 

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"OSI Fights Back In China" 

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"Tesla Slams the Brakes on Seat Belt Problem" 

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"United Airlines Faces Turbulence Amid Federal Probe" 

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 "Accounting Problems Hobble Toshiba" 

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 "Kiss-and-Tell Fears After Adult Friend Finder Breach" 

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"Ice Cream Recall Snags Blue Bell" 

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"Williams, NBC Between Iraq and a Hard Place" 

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"Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut" 

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"How Well Did Tesco Account for Itself?" 

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In the News

#MeToo movement has singled out more than 400 high-profile people

Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2018

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At least 414 high-profile executives and employees across fields and industries have been outed by the #MeToo movement in 18 months, according to data collected by a New York-based crisis consulting firm.

The study looked at national news articles that singled out people for sexual harassment or similar misdeeds, said Davia Temin, whose firm Temin & Co. did the research. Individuals with at least seven separate, national mentions were included. That includes celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Louis C.K., but the vast majority are corporate executives and business leaders such as Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich, who resigned late last week after revelations of an affair with an employee. [...read more]

#MeToo Has Implicated 414 High-Profile Executives and Employees in 18 Months

Jeff Green of Bloomberg, TIME, June 25, 2018

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At least 414 high-profile executives and employees across fields and industries have been outed by the #MeToo Movement in 18 months, according to data collected by a New York-based crisis consulting firm.

Among the 414 people accused, 190 were fired or left their jobs. Another 122 have been put on leave, suspended or are facing investigations since December 2016. For about 69 people, there were no repercussions. In recent months, the rate of accusations has been slowing but the percentage of people being fired has increased, Temin said.

"It started to become a tsunami, certainly after Weinstein, and it sparked other stories in the same industry and then across all industries," Temin said. "I think it's settled into a new plateau, but it is certainly higher than we've ever had before." [...read more]

Companies Caught Up in Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy See Big Risks

Samuel Rubenfeld, The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2018

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There is tremendous reputational risk for companies linked in any way to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that separated infants and children from their parents as they crossed the southern U.S. border, according to crisis-communications experts.

It is hard for a company to defend itself if it is an identified participant in a global firestorm, said Davia Temin, president and chief executive of Temin & Co., a crisis-management firm. Actions matter rather than words in an issue fraught with such emotion, she said. "Anyone associated with this government action is at risk of reputational damage, serious reputational damage." [...read more]

Melania Trump Jacket, Brian Krzanich Intel, Instagram Grandmas: Broadsheet June 22

Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune The Broadsheet, June 22, 2018

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Yesterday, we learned that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had resigned for having what is being carefully described as a past "consensual relationship" with an Intel employee, a violation of company policy. While Krzanich is far from the first chief to lose his job over an office romance, his departure is instructive about the ways in which corporate America is attempting to digest the #MeToo movement.

While some companies might have once been willing to overlook such transgressions—even when the rules were clear—those days are over, Davia Temin, chief executive of reputation management firm Temin & Co., told the WSJ. "There's a new level of rigor that says if something is on the books, it needs to be upheld and not ignored," she said, noting that boards have become increasingly vigilant about companies' reputations when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct. [...read more]

Intel CEO Krzanich Resigns Over Relationship With Employee

Jay Greene and Vanessa Fuhrmans, The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2018

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Intel Corp. said Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned for violating company policy by having a relationship with a co-worker, one of the most prominent CEOs to lose a job in an era of greater scrutiny over workplace behavior.

The rise of the #MeToo movement has companies hewing closely to policies on both sexual harassment and consensual relationships, especially for business leaders, said Davia Temin. "There's a new level of rigor that says if something is on the books, it needs to be upheld and not ignored." [...read more]

Scrutiny of CEOs’ Personal Lives Rises in #MeToo Era

Vanessa Fuhrmans and Rachel Feintzeig, The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2018

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Chief executives used to be able to operate with little scrutiny beyond their quarterly results. That's no longer the case.

Decades ago, board members were more likely to look the other way on office romances and other matters considered personal, according to executive recruiters and corporate governance experts, but the role of CEO is more high profile than ever before, limiting the room for transgressions.

"There's a new level of rigor that says if something is on the books, it needs to be upheld and not ignored," said Davia Temin, adding that boards of directors are increasingly concerned about anything that might affect a company's reputation.

Corporate missteps can go viral fast, thanks to cellphone cameras, social media and apps and websites like Glassdoor and Blind—popular with tech workers—where employees can anonymously share feedback. "It's much less easy to have secrets," said Davia Temin. "Organizations are more porous." [...read more]

Leadership in AI Space — Davia Temin & Bruce Molloy

Yevgeni Zolotorevsky, The Accessible AI Podcast, June 18, 2018

Davia Temin and Bruce Molloy discuss the mission and potential of Springboard; the role of art, music and creativity in AI; near future predictions for AI growth; some insight into linear regression and neural nets in machine learning; advantages of early adoption; the user interface in AI; examples of recent significant problems in AI; generative Adversarial Networks (GANs); self-improving algorithms; how does AI "improve"? How do we know it is for the better?; AI and the job market; tips for entrepreneurs; and more. [...read more]

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You Can Eradicate Sexual Harassment in Your Organization

Dean Rotbart, Monday Morning Radio, June 10, 2018

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To kick of his 7th year of hosting Monday Morning Radio, award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart invited back one of his most popular all-time guests, Davia Temin, founder & CEO of crisis management firm Temin and Company, to talk about a very hot button issue in America at the moment: sexual harassment. [...read more]

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Tax-Law Typo Risks Bankrupting #MeToo Victims Without GOP Fix

Jeff Green and Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg, June 5, 2018

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Republicans are considering a fix to a provision in their new tax law that they acknowledge could inadvertently penalize victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. But congressional gridlock before midterm elections in November means there's no guarantee that the problem will be corrected quickly, if at all.

President Donald Trump's tax overhaul eliminates the deduction companies used to be able to take when they settled sexual harassment cases and included non-disclosure agreements, which generally keep details secret as a condition of the payout.

So far, about 300 executives and other high profile leaders, mostly men, have been accused of sexual harassment or other improper behavior related to the so-called #MeToo movement, according to New York crisis counseling company Temin & Co., based on an ongoing count of actions pulled from media coverage and other public information. That doesn't include actions taken that weren't made public, according to Temin. [...read more]

Crisis of the Week: Gynecologist’s Actions Bring Down USC’s President

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, June 4, 2018

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University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias agreed to step down late last month, just over a week after allegations were made public that a longtime gynecologist at the school's student-health center had sexually abused patients. Mr. Nikias' decision came after a letter signed by 200 tenured USC professors called on him to resign.

A May 21 statement from university Provost Michael Quick denied university leadership knew of the doctor's improper behavior, stating: "It is true that our system failed, but it is important that you know that this claim of a cover-up if patently false." Prior to that, the university issued statements about the matter from Mr. Nikias on May 18 and May 15, and statements from other university officials on May 15 and May 16. University administrators also are contacting students.

Three crisis-management experts evaluate the university's publicly released statements.

"USC's formal responses...ring curiously hollow," said Davia Temin. "One of the worst aspects of some crisis responses being edited by lawyers is they can have a pulled-back, wordsmithed, bloodless quality, borne from fear of being quoted in future lawsuits. They appear to defend when they should apologize and make common cause with victims. So at the very moment USC needed to show itself to be trustworthy, honest and authentic and devastated, its statements made them appear otherwise." [...read more]

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