About a dozen HPU faculty, alumni,
and students joined members of the International Association
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
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
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
of the College of Communication and Jim Whitfield is a
professor of communication.