Remembering Kevin Lynch and 10 Qualities That Made Him a Very Special Leader and Friend

To borrow a brand tagline from one of his former clients, “nobody didn’t like Kevin Lynch.” As co-owner of an agency with his wife, Kathy Baughman, Kevin entered my life 31 years ago during a business prospecting cold call shortly after I began my Chicago PR career at Sara Lee Corporation. Kevin could have written…… Continue reading Remembering Kevin Lynch and 10 Qualities That Made Him a Very Special Leader and Friend

Top 10 Posts of 2017–Our 10th Anniversary

Little did Ketchum intern Kevin Saghy realize a decade ago that the career blog he convinced his boss to write would still be around today. Indeed, Culpwrit quietly celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. After incredible runs at both Ketchum and the Chicago Cubs, that former intern announced this week he’s moving onto an important new…… Continue reading Top 10 Posts of 2017–Our 10th Anniversary

How Not to be the Next CEO to Step in It

The following op-ed was written for Crain’s Chicago Business. By Ron Culp Public relations leaders usually encourage their C-suite executives to actively engage in policy issues affecting their businesses, but recent missteps by two CEOs might actually scare many others from speaking out. That would be against their best interests. Voicing a candid point of…… Continue reading How Not to be the Next CEO to Step in It

Bottom Line to a Successful Career: 10 Tips

For years, writing has been the consensus #1 skill demanded of top prospective public relations talent. Nothing else came close. But as the role of communicators has pivoted from being tacticians to becoming true business partners, so has the demand shifted to individuals who are not only good writers, but also who are comfortable with…… Continue reading Bottom Line to a Successful Career: 10 Tips

Celebrating Betsy Plank’s Legacy One Day at a Time

It’s no secret that the late Betsy Plank was, and is, a public relations legend. Dedicating 63 years to the public relations profession, Betsy was an advocate for PR education and understood the importance of leadership, mentorship and ethics. The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations has seen an outpouring of interest and support…… Continue reading Celebrating Betsy Plank’s Legacy One Day at a Time

Growing Role for PR Pros to Help Build Trust

Reading between the lines of Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer suggests significant opportunities for public relations professionals who can help businesses communicate their essential role in improving society. Business is better positioned than government, media and NGOs to deal with rapid change in society, according to the 2016 Trust Barometer. Importantly, 80% of respondents believe business…… Continue reading Growing Role for PR Pros to Help Build Trust

15 Top Blog Posts of 2015

I never get bored with the numerous year-end recaps of top news stories, events and milestones—especially those appearing in this blog. So, as Culpwrit approaches its 10th year – never missing a week, I spent a few hours yesterday reviewing this year’s 75 posts. As was the case in 2014, guest posts were quite popular…… Continue reading 15 Top Blog Posts of 2015

Arthur W. Page Society Honors Edlund and Ovaitt

“There is no off switch for a leader.” Björn Edlund uses these words to describe great leaders. The expression very definitely applies to Björn and Frank Ovaitt, winners of career achievement awards at last night’s Arthur W. Page Society annual recognition ceremony at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Björn received the Page Society’s prestigious Hall…… Continue reading Arthur W. Page Society Honors Edlund and Ovaitt