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ICM News- For Immediate Release 

ICM CEO Deborah Hileman, SCMP to Join Board of International Association of Business Communicators

San Francisco (March 30, 2018)– The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) today announced the selection of five new members to serve on the International Executive Board (IEB) for 2018. As the governing body of IABC, the IEB leads the organization in its mission to set the global standard of excellence for business communication.

Deborah Hileman, SCMP, President and CEO of the Institute for Crisis Management, has been nominated to join the Board as Director. She currently serves as the Chair of the Global Communication Certification Council, an affiliated program of IABC.

The IEB selection process follows a rigorous, competency-based approach emphasizing leadership, problem-solving, a global perspective, strategic thinking and business acumen. IABC draws from the best in the global communication field to educate, inform and inspire innovation in professional communication.

The 2018–2019 IEB slate will be presented to IABC members for ratification at the 2018 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 2 June 2018, during the IABC World Conference in Montréal, Canada.

ICM News- For Immediate Release 

ICM Adds Business Development Executive to Consulting Team

DENVER, Colo. (March 27, 2018) – The Institute for Crisis Management® (ICM) announced today that Sean S. Clancy has joined the firm as Vice President, Business Development/Senior Consultant. In his new duties, Clancy reports to Deborah Hileman, SCMP, ICM’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited about Sean joining the ICM team of senior crisis management consultants. His experience as a global communications strategist and advisor to the FORTUNE 500 C-Suite and senior leadership teams will greatly benefit ICM clients,” Hileman said.  “In addition to providing client service, a key responsibility for him is to analyze the firm’s historical crisis data and revamp ICM’s market strategy for enhanced customer alignment. This approach will bring the organization’s educational offerings and on-site strategic expertise closer to historically crisis-prone industry sectors.”

With more than 20 years of senior leadership experience at FORTUNE 500 corporations, Mr. Clancy has guided the C-suite through such major public policy and crisis management issues as consumer product and shareholder litigation, Security & Exchange Commission and Internal Revenue Service investigations stemming from Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues, National Labor Relations Board investigations and hearings, multiple workplace fatalities and controversial environmental issues.

A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Clancy earned a B.S. in Public Relations from Northern Illinois University. During his career, he completed certificate programs in Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization from the Medill School of Journalism & Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University and the Program on Negotiation, Resolving Public Disputes from MIT-Harvard University Law School.  He is based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

ICM News- For Immediate Release 

Institute for Crisis Management Announces 2018 Course Schedule

(Denver, Colo.) August 28, 2017– The Institute for Crisis Management, the leader in crisis communication training and education, today announced its 2018 course schedule for its popular open enrollment training programs.

The firm’s flagship program, the Crisis Communication Management Certification Course, will be offered as follows:

Denver, Colorado:

  • March 6-7, 2018
  • August 14-15, 2018

Louisville, Kentucky:

  • May 15-16, 2018
  • October 23-24, 2018

The companion program, the Crisis Media Training Workshop, is offered as an individual program or day 3 of its crisis communication course.  The Media Training Workshop is being held:

Denver, Colorado:

  • March 8, 2018
  • August 16, 2018

Louisville, Kentucky:

  • May 17, 2018
  • October 25, 2018

Enrollment is limited and classes fill quickly. To register for any of the 2018 programs, click here.

ICM News- For Immediate Release 

Institute for Crisis Management Releases 2016 Annual Crisis Report

Report is a compilation of the year’s news, crises analysis and trends, and identifies industries at highest risk. Pharmaceuticals, automotive and food industries top the list of most crisis-prone in 2016.

Denver, Colo. (April 3, 2017) — “That won’t happen to our company!”  “At the Institute for Crisis Management (ICM), we find that management denial is the biggest excuse organizations have for not being prepared for the inevitable,” said Deborah Hileman, CMP, President and CEO.  “It is not coincidence that half of organizations don’t have a crisis plan, and that more than half – the unprepared– will fail within two years after a disaster. Those are startling statistics that can be improved significantly through effective crisis management planning and training.”

The 2016 ICM Annual Crisis Report is a compilation of news and trends and the identification of those industries that were most prone to crisis during the year.  Leaders can gain valuable insight on the impact crises have on the organization, the economy and stakeholders.  According to the report, the top crisis category in 2016 was mismanagement, followed by discrimination, white collar crime, whistleblowers, consumer activism, workplace violence and cybercrime.

The year’s ten most crisis-prone industries were automotive, pharmaceuticals, food, banking, insurance and financial services, health care, manufacturing, government agencies, transportation and energy.

“Increasing numbers of crises tell us that organizations are no better prepared for crisis than a year ago. The top crisis categories and crisis-prone industries tend to remain fairly consistent from year to year,” she said. Hileman urges leaders to invest in comprehensive crisis communication planning and crisis management training programs to prepare, prevent and mitigate the kinds of crises that impact an organization’s reputation, brand, business and financial performance.

Founded in 1990, the Institute for Crisis Management was one of the first consulting firms in the U.S. to specialize exclusively in crisis management.  ICM’s planning, training and consulting services help leaders and organizations through all phases of a crisis, from assessing risks and preparing for them; containing a crisis and mitigating damage with effective communications, learning from the event and seizing opportunities that arise from the crisis.

Visit the ICM website at for a free downloadable copy of the report, and to register for the next Crisis Communication Management Certification Course, scheduled for May 2-4 in Tulsa, Okla., and June 12-14 in Louisville, Ky.


Deborah Hileman, SCMP

Institute for Crisis Management

+1 (888) 708-8351

Deborah Hileman, SCMP
ICM President and CEO

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Deborah Hileman, SCMP, President and CEO. A certified strategic communication management professional (SCMP), business leader, coach and consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in public and private companies and non-profit organizations, Ms. Hileman has led high-performing communications and marketing teams in health care, manufacturing, insurance and financial services, nonprofits and higher education. Her most significant areas of expertise include strategic communications planning and reputation/crisis management, change management, employee engagement and communication training.

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