Syd Havely

I have been practicing public relations and issues management for over 25 years, 20 of which have been in corporate public relations and five as a consultant specializing in crisis communications and toxic tort litigation communications in the chemical industry. My broader experience includes niche marketing strategies and communications for an entrepreneurial automobile company that turned into a book with the founder and former chairman/CEO of Subaru of America. My work for the Rohm and Haas Company, a specialty chemicals manufacturer, led to earning a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in risk perception and communication and to work on high-consequence environmental, regulatory, and community relations in resolving environmental contamination events and employee health effects.

I regularly work with legal, engineering, and health scientists in constructing group process-based models; have done much community resolution group work in arbitration proceedings and in tolling agreement/community-based work group processes as was done in the Toms River, NJ cancer cluster case; prepare and coach executives for high-consequence media interviews and public meetings where corporate reputation is at risk; and advise companies such as FMC Corporation on communicating about health-based risk events and craft community intervention processes where multi-stakeholder, charette-protocol conversations are used.

I am a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Penn Organizational Dynamics graduate program where I teach social media and its application to corporate and non-profit organizations, and I am a Faculty Research Mentor in the Doctoral Program of Strategic Leadership at Philadelphia University. I hold two Penn graduate degrees - a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics.


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