March 25, 2019 By FTI Consulting
Last month, FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications and Corporate Finance & Restructuring segments sponsored and co-hosted an event with the Women’s Infrastructure Network event in New York City. Titled “Behind the Headlines: America’s Infrastructure Plans and How You Can Be Part of the Conversation,” the panel and networking event brought together influential women working in the energy and infrastructure industries – including professionals from the legal, finance, insurance and communications fields – to discuss emerging trends in energy and infrastructure in the United States and how attendees can contribute to the media discussion and raise their profiles as thought leaders.
Moderated by FTI Consulting’s Ellen S. Smith, Senior Managing Director and member of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment, the event’s panelists included:
Key themes covered during the dynamic panel discussion and Q&A session included conversation around drivers of growth and fund flow in the energy and infrastructure spaces, as well as perspectives on the evolving public-private partnerships market. The discussion also addressed the broader implications of trade policy. Additionally, on the issues management front, the panelists addressed how companies are talking about and working to proactively mitigate risk related to environmental issues.
Navigating the media landscape was another notable topic of focus, with valuable insight from the reporters on the panel as to who their core audiences are, what resources they look to before covering a story and how – in its ideal form – a source-reporter relationship is mutually beneficial for both parties.
FTI Consulting’s own Dana Bohan added her communications expertise to the discussion, providing attendees with tips on engaging with the media and explaining how these relationships can be leveraged, as well as how to prepare for high-risk scenarios.
“In today’s 24-hour news market, it is critical companies proactively communicate with stakeholders while preparing for and anticipating risks. Ensuring your communications and leadership team has prepared for potential incident scenarios well in advance, trained spokespeople to activate as needed, and implemented a robust monitoring platform that enables rapid response can be the difference between success and failure. ”
– Dana Bohan
FTI Consulting is proud to have partnered with the Women’s Infrastructure Network on this event, which – at its core – aimed to advance the voices of women and provide attendees with tangible insight into how to build their own profiles in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It was a true cross-segment effort and a testament to the meaningful contributions we can make when we bring together our diverse and complementary expertise.