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In a recent blog post from the Arthur W Page Society, our guest John Onoda wrote, “The Next Phase of Corporate Communications in a Pandemic Stricken World” where he shared how influential communicators will need to be as companies go through a multi-year transformational phase post-pandemic.

The pandemic world has given communicators some of the greatest professional challenges they will ever face. This is a time where their skills will help organizations manage through this crisis, and will shape their career.

In this podcast, Angee and John talk about the important focus shift from external to internal communications to help traumatized employees bring businesses back to life. He shares his thoughts and advice for what communicators must do at every level to be an effective partner to the business and, at the same time, take this opportunity to solidify their own career trajectory by earning incredibly valuable experience.

Arthur W. Page blog post link here.

John Onoda

John OnodaJohn Onoda, is a senior corporate counselor at Gagen MacDonald here he helps advice the firms clients on corporate character, culture and business transformation.

During his more than 30 years in the business, John has overseen all facets of communications including serving as Chief Communications Officer for organizations including The Charles Schwab Corp., Visa USA, General Motors, and Levi Strauss & Co.

Throughout his career, John has earned a strong reputation for his coaching and mentoring skills, working with both individuals and corporate staffs to accelerate their professional development, work more efficiently and gain influence within their organizations. His efforts were recognized by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, who awarded him its Milestones in Mentoring Award. Additional achievements include receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Arthur W. Page Society and induction into PRWeek’s Hall of Fame.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has served as a board member of the Arthur W. Page Society, Business for Social Responsibility, the International Association of Business Communicators Foundation and the Bay Area United Way. He is on the board of councilors of The U.S.-Japan Council.


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