FYI Blog

Avalon Dispatch 05.17.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch: handwritten notes, a new generation of managers, and the best time to show leadership in meetings (you might be surprised). Also, we’re hiring!   Dear friends, We spent last week struggling to reconcile the implications and historical context of the Supreme Court leak. This past weekend, the horrific shooting in […]

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May 17, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 05.10.2022

In this week’s @AvalonFYI dispatch: AMMC, how long meetings should last, change fatigue, building pro-Black organizations, and, of course, Happy Mother’s Day!   Dear friends, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mother figures who read this letter! I hope you enjoyed time with your loved ones this past weekend. The holiday felt especially […]

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May 10, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 05.03.2022

In this week’s issue: good news for the paper supply, digital benchmarks, the next frontier of branding, and a big congrats to Avalon’s newly minted vice presidents!   Dear friends, Last week’s Avalon gathering was wonderful—full of team bonding and celebrations. One special moment was our surprise champagne toast for Lisa Caldwell and Rebecca Shapalis, […]

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May 3, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 04.26.2022

We are gathered at Avalon HQ for the first time in 2 years! Read all about it in this week’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch + catch up on client news, the major giving pipeline, calming graphic design, and more.   Dear friends, This week, our staff traveled to DC headquarters from around the country for “Avalon Week.” […]

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April 26, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 04.19.2022

In this week’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch: gender-neutral passports, postage rates, a love letter to checklists, and the history of the matching gift. Read it here!   Dear friends, It’s a busy month for celebrations, including several major religious holidays. Happy Easter, Passover, and Ramadan to all who observe. In addition, Earth Day and Administrative Professionals Day […]

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April 19, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 04.12.2022

Compassionate management, the pros and cons of crypto, a striking data visualization, and Avalon’s winning brackets—all in this week’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch. Read it here!    Dear friends, I am thrilled by the historic confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. I’m sure that you also watched the vote and have followed commentary closely. I […]

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April 12, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 04.05.2022

Industry events, deep sea creatures, Excel influencers, and…drumroll please…how Allison Porter learned to drive. Read it here in the latest @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch!   Dear friends, Happy April, and welcome to Q2 of the calendar year! Last week was a refreshing return to in-person industry events. Senior VP Jackie Libby and I met in DC for […]

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April 5, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 03.29.2022

In today’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch: client news, an update on paper supply, how to fundraise in 2022, and kindergarten pep talks (just add ice cream!).   Dear friends, It was disheartening to watch the racism on display during Senate confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson. Cory Booker’s affirmation was a welcome reprieve from the vitriol, and […]

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March 29, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 03.22.2022

Cost strategies, crypto-philanthropy, radical candor, and a heartfelt message from COO Kerri Kerr—all in this week’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch. Read it here!   Dear friends, Last week was a vacation week for me, and it was nice to get away. My first time ever in the Tennessee mountains! It was beautiful. With so much going on […]

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March 22, 2022

Avalon Dispatch 03.15.2022

In this week’s @AvalonConsultingGroup dispatch, women’s history, USPS news, cherry blossoms, and (evergreen!) direct mail is not dead.   Dear friends, This week marks the 2-year anniversary of Avalon’s transition to virtual work—and, with that, our daily leadership updates to staff. It has been emotional to look back at those emails, with all the knowledge […]

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March 15, 2022