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When Brexit Hits the Fan

A day after the British voted to leave the European Union (EU), the BBC conducted random interviews in the streets of London and the answers from two ladies struck me as symptomatic of what had just happened.

One “Leave” voter said that she was feeling some remorse, and if given the opportunity to vote again she would likely support to “Remain”, but her vote had been motivated by fear of what was going on. The other voter, also a Brexiteer, said she had voted to leave because she was angry at politicians, but really didn’t know what the EU was.

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CCPA 2.0 Has Enough Signatures to Qualify for November 2020 Ballot

On May 4, 2020 the Californians for Consumer Privacy announced in a letter that it had met the 900,000-signature threshold to qualify the Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) for California’s November 2020 ballot. If the required number of signatures are verified, which will be decided by June 25, CPRA will be on the November ballot. The CPRA is often referred…

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Disruptive Innovation in the Automotive Industry

When the late Chris Christensen from the Harvard Business School first used the term “Disruptive Innovation” in 1997 he was not thinking of the auto industry. Rather, Mr. Christensen was referring to companies that, in trying to protect their traditional business, fail to see the threat from upstarts, often poorly capitalized, offering cheaper products in seemingly insignificant markets. Once these…

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Consulting firm Hawksbill Group launches Hawksbill Advisors to meet client needs in public policy, external affairs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawksbill Group, a global diversified business and communications consulting firm based in Washington D.C., announced today the launch of a new subsidiary, Hawksbill Advisors. The Hawksbill Group was created to help corporations and organizations grow their business, solve complex problems, build lasting brands and develop effective strategies.  At Hawksbill, C-level thought leaders with extensive experience managing…

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Harry Lightsey: USC School of Law Graduation Speech

May 10, 2019 Intro Thank you, President Pastides, Dean Wilcox, distinguished members of the faculty and the Class of 2019 for having me here today. It’s an honor to be here in the Horseshoe with you, and to be given the opportunity to share some of my personal observations as you take this next step into your future. Dean Wilcox…

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5 Rules For Successful Celebrity Endorsements

Celebrity endorsements rarely sell products.  Did we ever believe that Tiger drove a Buick, Jacqueline shopped at K-Mart or Beyonce applied L’Oreal products? No, and in fact, marketing campaigns that rely on celebrity endorsements are done too often when the product is lacking, or the creative agency is lazy.

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Since March of 2014, when the first signs of a major money laundering and corruption scheme at Petrobras became evident, the Brazilian judicial system has been working overtime and the country’s overcrowded jails are bursting at the seams. Dozens of high executives, company owners and prominent politicians are serving sentences for their participation in a bribery operation, in which large contractors and service providers overcharged Petrobras for several years and deposited the difference in offshore accounts of the governing party (PT), to oil the party machinery and personally enrich their leaders. But until recently, most Brazilians felt that the real “big fish” were getting away with impunity. That changed dramatically on April 4, when judge Sergio Moro issued an arrest warrant to former President Luiz Ignacio Lula Da Silva.

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Catalonia: Secession Winds In A Modern Democracy

When regional Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont read the unilateral declaration of independence from Spain approved by the region’s Parliament on October 27, the whole of Europe held its breath. What started as an intramural dispute for political control in Spain, rapidly evolved into the country’s gravest constitutional crisis since the 1930s and Europe’s latest threat to economic and political stability. Just hours before Catalonia’s move, the Spanish Senate had approved the application of article 155 of the constitution that allows the central Government to take direct control of the rebellious region, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had called for fresh elections in Catalonia. How did we get here? Was all of this necessary? Who is to blame? On whose side is history? And, most importantly, what next?

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Hawksbill Group to Provide Strategic Counsel Access Industries and Around the Globe – New Advisory Firm Formed by Accomplished Executives

WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2016 – Hawksbill Group today announced the launch of an innovative new firm to counsel clients on global business and communications issues.  The firm’s initial clients are large corporations in the health, industrial and financial services sectors.

Based in Washington, DC, the Hawksbill Group provides strategic counsel in public affairs, corporate communications and business operations to international corporations, philanthropic and non-governmental entities.

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