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IABC mixer presents international consultants

by Kalamalama staff

About a dozen HPU faculty, alumni, and students joined members of the International Association of Business Communicators for a mixer and “A View from the Top,” Sept. 25 at the Central Business Club atop the Central Pacific Bank Building in downtown Honolulu. They were able to chat with distinguished international consultants Stephanie Griffiths and Bish Mukherjee who shared insights into running businesses across multiple continents and time zones.

Griffiths is the senior partner in her own firm, Material Assistance Communication, Research, and Development, which, since 1989, has supplied consulting services in organizational research, development, and applied communication practice. Her firm has consulted with major corporations in both the public and private sector, both in South Africa and internationally. Clients include Telecom Namibia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PetroSA, IBM, Shell, and the South African Post Office, among others. She is a trustee of the IABC Research Foundation and Chair of the International Executive Board of IABC, which serves 13,000 members worldwide.

Bish Mukherjee is the President of Misha Network consultancy with offices in Sydney and Chennai. Previously, he was the director of Communications at Alstom Limited, a subsidiary of the U.S.$18-billion, French multinational company headquartered in Paris. He helped plan and guide the communication process when the company went public. Earlier, he headed PR/Corporate Communications at Colgate-Palmolive and Bombay Suburban Electric Supply. He has worked or consulted for Air India, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka, Penthouse Travels, Himalayan Odyssey, Pfizer, Qantas, NSW Department of Community Services, the Australian Electoral Commission, IBM Australia, National Australia Bank, and others.

During an extraordinary career, Mukherjee has organized public relations and media events for such celebrities as Her Majesty the Queen of England, the prime minister of Great Britain, the president of France, and cabinet ministers in India and the UK. He has appeared on ITV, CNBC, Asia Business, and other TV channels. He is the 2002-2004 IABC director for the Asia-Pacific Region and an International Executive Board member.

Griffith’s presentation focused everyone’s attention on the role IABC plays across the globe. She highlighted some major technological advances soon to be available to IABC members on an international web site that will enhance communicators use of best practices, including “my-comm,” a communication planning tool that can be used collaboratively.

Mukherjee introduced a lighter note, sharing a humorous anecdote from his days working with Colgate Palmolive in India, when he created an innovative marketing program that involved an elephant.

HPU attendees included Jonathan Fernandez, an MA/COM student, and several HPU alumni together with Drs. Foy and Varner, and Dr. Jim Whitfield with his wife, Shirley. Helen Varner is dean of the College of Communication and Jim Whitfield is a professor of communication.


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