October SIPA Member News

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Welcome new members

We are excited to welcome the following companies to the SIPA community: 

Cecala appears on Wharton Business Radio

I've written before about the value of establishing yourself as an expert in your field and then appearing on TV or radio in that capacity. Guy Cecala, CEO and publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, has always done a great job of this.

Recently, he took part in an interesting interview on the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111. The subject was Why Women Pay More for Mortgages. As usual, he was an encyclopedia of information.

"There are significant differences in the time bands that the study produced," Cecala said. "As you will see, a female-only borrower had an average credit score of 684 in the 2004-to-2007 period, which is not considered a real strong one. You look at the more recent 2011-2014 period, and [the average credit score] jumped to 741, which is very much A-prime category.

"If you also look at delinquencies in that period, for females or [other categories], they went from over 20% to just about 2%, which is a huge, huge drop. It shows you that the performance, particularly in the last three or four years, has been very strong, and there's no reason whatsoever to treat women borrowers any worse than any of the other categories, including couples, males or females."

Look for opportunities to speak on a local or national show and/or pursue speaking roles at conferences and on podcasts. (Or start your own podcast.) The more you can get your name—and that of your colleagues—out there, the more customers you can engage and attract.

Irving Levin honored once again

For the second year in a row, Inc. magazine has recognized Irving Levin Associates on its Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Irving Levin Associates was ranked as the fastest growing media company in Fairfield County in 2016 and in the top 50 media companies nationwide with a three-year sales growth of 78%.

"We are thrilled..." said Irving Levin publisher and partner, Eleanor Meredith. "In fact, only 40 Connecticut businesses, from all industries, are an Inc. 5000 company, and it's impressive to be part of this elite group."

According to Eric Schurenberg, president & editor in chief of Inc. Media, "For 35 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Irving Levin Associates now shares a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patagonia, Oracle, and other notable alumni..."

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School sponsors talk

SIPA member Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law and School Religions and the Practice of Peace at Harvard Divinity School will present a talk titled Reconciliation in Divided Times: How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable. It will feature an interview with Daniel Shapiro, founder and director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, on his new book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts.

It takes place Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm at Austin Hall North on the Harvard Law School campus. A reception follows the talk. Might be a good place for SIPA folks in the area to convene.

EB Medicine to release sequel to award-winning book

It's usually a revenue-friendly idea to produce a sequel to something popular. (Read this article I wrote on the subject.) EB Medicine has done just that with the new edition of its book, Emergency Trauma Care: Current Topics and Controversies. They released the popular tome Oct. 16-19 at the ACEP 2016 Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas.

Currently in use by trauma programs in hospitals across the country, Emergency Trauma Care provides a sustainable, easy way to ensure practitioners meet necessary trauma CME requirements. Not only does this resource provide treatment guidelines, it includes commentaries on each topic from the emergency medical services, research, surgical, legal, economic, and nursing perspectives—in an effort to give a view of all aspects of trauma care.

Institute for Media Strategies launches new program

The Institute for Media Strategies has launched a new program on Leading the Newsroom Through Change to provide editorial decision makers with strategies and skills to implement newsroom transformation through integration and digitalization. The pilot program was conducted in Kolkata, India, for 17 editorial decision makers as part of the WAN-IFRA Editorial Leaders program. The Institute will now offer the two-day workshop as a standalone course and as part of its new training and coaching program designed for decision makers and content creators who are managing and implementing digitalization.

CQ Roll Call names Hawkings to new post

I noticed that CQ Roll Call recently named David Hawkings their new senior congressional editor. Hawkings, a 22-year veteran of the company and former editor of CQ magazine, moderated a memorable discussion at the SIPA 2013 Conference between Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary under Bill Clinton, and Josh Bolten, former White House chief of staff under George W. Bush. (The photo shows Bolten, Hawkings and McCurry left to right.)

Hawkings will help Roll Call strengthen its mission of covering Congress for a core audience of Washington insiders and an expanding set of readers beyond the Beltway.

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…