For most of my adult life, I have been a reporter and editor of daily newspapers, magazines and CBS Radio producer. Most of my journalistic work has been on the Eastern Seaboard yet I also have extensive experience in the Midwest and across the globe. After seven years of reporting, I left journalism and received communication training becoming a spokesperson for a national non-profit organization. I also served as advance “man” for the Governor of Ohio.
Recruited to the East Coast, I re-entered journalism as an Associated Press Nation/World news editor and subsequently served as business editor and reporter for national business publications. I also served as on-air talent and producer for CBS station KYW-NewsRadio in Philadelphia.
Upon leaving KYW in 2000, I founded Browning Communications, a national public relations firm which evolved into BrowningLaFrankie, LLC, a media and presentation training, message development and crisis communications firm in 2005. We became a multi-dimensional team of business communication professionals with the addition of leadership development and social media experts and in 2010 incorporated as Browning Dudley Corporation.
If I were to sum up my total experience it would amount to this: I help people create and build relationships that enable them to meet individual and group objectives. I began my work life as an insurance claims representative and, utilizing my personal mission, grew to direct and develop both individuals and teams domestically and across the globe. I possess deep experience helping others develop skill sets including strategic development, planning, goal-setting, managing up (and down) while furthering organizational goals.
While at GE, I pursued and obtained a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development. As Director of Training, I planned and facilitated Work-Outs, New Leader Assimilations, leadership development activities, team building and train-the-trainer programs in domestic and international settings.
Recruited to the health care industry, I served as Vice President of Organizational Development and Chief Compliance Officer for multi-state health care operations. After serving as a business consultant for health care companies, I co-founded Browning Dudley Corporation in 2010.
Whether it be CEOs, Wharton MBA Students, The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall or effectively dealing with your direct reports, I can help anyone become a compelling communicator. I have deep experience in helping make presentations powerful and helping others become more effective at speeches, news conferences, panels and media/crisis situations. After years of being in front of the camera as a long-time TV reporter for WPVI Action News, (Philadelphia’s top-rated, network-owned ABC affiliate), I began teaching others how to artfully–and strategically–communicate through storytelling, strategic messaging with strong verbal delivery, clear content and effective body language.
My goal is to humanize communication styles while helping leaders and their organizations become more effective communicators by creating powerful content and effective messages. I am particularly adept at teaching specific strategies to control a message while building and protecting reputation. I pride myself on working tirelessly for others while teaching communication skill-sets that are invaluable in our never-ending information cycle.
For samples of my reporting see: https://vimeo.com/102953998
Core Competencies: Media Relations/Strategic Communication Project Management/Thought Leadership/Experienced Working with C-Suite Executives/Facilitator Group Meetings/Presentation Training/Message Development/Crisis Communication Management/Multimedia Production/News Writing: AP Style
After years as a reporter and editor at magazines and newspapers I moved into the challenging field of news photography just as the digital age was dawning. That job required that I keep tabs on the rapidly evolving technology of digital photography, which led to developing expertise in such disparate areas as computer trouble-shooting, photo software, enterprise-level databases and social media. During nearly 17 years at New Jersey’s premier newspaper, The Star-Ledger, I trained photographers to deal with the demands of digital photography, technicians to deal with photographers, editors to handle everything from computerized photo systems to blogging platforms, and managers on what they would see next in the internet publishing realm.
As Deputy Director of Photography I evolved into an advisor for the newspaper on changing industry trends and potential strategies for incorporating new technologies. This included development of successful websites and team participation to develop Apps for new platforms such iOS and Android-powered devices in Social Media environments.
Prior to The Star-Ledger I worked for 15 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at small and mid-sized daily newspapers throughout Pennsylvania.
At Browning Dudley I have worked with Social Media, Public Relations and Crisis Communications since 2010.