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This week, City & State named SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Jennifer Cunningham to its “Above & Beyond” list of New York’s most remarkable women of 2017. The recognition honors “exceptional women from New York for their accomplishments across various sectors including politics, media, education, nonprofit, and beyond.” The honorees were celebrated at a gala during Women History Month, on March 28th.

A full list of honorees can be found on the City & State site here. Congratulations to Jennifer and all of 2017’s remarkable women!

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This weekend, SKDK’s direct mail team was recognized at the Association of Political Consultants’ (AAPC) 2017 Pollie Awards & Conference. The team’s work on the 2016 campaign in Nevada’s 3rd congressional district received a gold award in the “Independent Expenditure Campaign – U.S. House of Representatives” category.

The Pollie Awards recognize top achievements in the political communications and public affairs industries. A full list of winners can be found here, and SKDK’s winning material can be seen below.

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By SKDK’s Stephen Krupin, Senior Vice President & Director of Executive Communications

Not long after President Obama’s second inauguration, I walked down 23rd Street in Foggy Bottom toward my new office in the State Department. I was a couple of days from starting as incoming Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief speechwriter, and was a couple of blocks from the building when I ran into two of the outgoing secretary’s writers.

In what felt like an informal, serendipitous changing-of-the-guard ceremony, my counterparts passed to their successor some well-earned wisdom: In diplomacy, every word matters. True, writers and pundits always feel this way, sometimes to a fault. But foreign policy amplifies the fussiness. One of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s speechwriters recalled the time when, in an otherwise innocuous list of countries, an ally took offense when its name came after another’s. The offended country had established diplomatic relations with the United States earlier; it just happened to come later in the alphabet.