Honorable Mention; 2022 DEI Global Case Writing Competition.
It is March 2022, and Imani Furaha, founder and CEO of Dynamo Relations, is at a key point with respect to the next step of her company’s growth. After growing her public relations and brand management firm in both 2018 and 2019, the company had been hit by hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing her to make some tough adjustments. As the pandemic waned, Furaha was ready for lucrative new projects. But what had at first looked like the project that could give Dynamo a huge lift, turns out to be possibly detrimental to a star employee—Nathaniel de Guzman—who was born with cerebral palsy.
Dynamo just received a proposal from one of its biggest clients, the mayor of Chicago, who is running for governor of Illinois. The mayor wants de Guzman as her key PR representative on her campaign and he clearly has the required skills and experience, but Furaha has many concerns. Are there increased physical risks for de Guzman due to the many on-site appearances required with a statewide campaign? Will Dynamo have to bear additional costs associated with his travel and work accommodations for this assignment? Might he become tokenized as a “voted-getting” element?