D&I: Moving Beyond Talk to Action

“Torod Neptune has been one of the industry’s most effective change agents, from championing the business impact of communications to restructuring for the modern era of communications to calling on agencies to increase diversity in order to secure Lenovo’s business.” – The Holmes Report By Annie Durkin After having the opportunity to ask Torod a…… Continue reading D&I: Moving Beyond Talk to Action

Matt Harrington’s Routine to Strengthen Leadership Skills: ‘Copious Amounts of News Consumption’

Long-time Edelman executive Matthew Harrington will receive the “Milestones in Mentoring” Agency Award next Thursday evening during the annual celebration of outstanding mentors in Chicago. Matt offers important leadership and mentorship advice in the following interview with the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations: What is your mentorship approach and what advice do you…… Continue reading Matt Harrington’s Routine to Strengthen Leadership Skills: ‘Copious Amounts of News Consumption’

Fostering The Next Generation: PR Pro Bob Kornecki Gives Time, Talent & Scholarships

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill By Jill O’Mahony Stewart Bob Kornecki loves a good quote. The Chicago PR pro used many for his inspiring book, “How to Thrive in the Public Relations Business: 35 Practical Tips from a 35-Year Veteran.”…… Continue reading Fostering The Next Generation: PR Pro Bob Kornecki Gives Time, Talent & Scholarships

‘Hidden Figures’ of Public Relations Honored at Black History Exhibit and Panel Discussion

“It’s too bad we never learned about her [Inez Kaiser] in school.”  “Really though.  I guess I’ll have to do my own research especially if I want to learn about someone in my field that looks like me.”  By Kevin O. Agyakwa It was those comments above by two African-American young women from a college in…… Continue reading ‘Hidden Figures’ of Public Relations Honored at Black History Exhibit and Panel Discussion

Edelman’s Jay Porter: ‘You Don’t Have to Leave to Get Your Next Adventure’

By Melanie Mills Q. What is Edelman’s work culture? A: Edelman’s culture is entrepreneurial. Fast moving. It’s a culture defined by one of Dan Edelman’s sayings: “Everyone is an account executive.” Teams work closely together and partner to give the right solution to the client. All efforts are made collectively. The more senior you get,…… Continue reading Edelman’s Jay Porter: ‘You Don’t Have to Leave to Get Your Next Adventure’

Back to School? Time to Get Involved

With a 20% increase in students attending American colleges and universities over the past 10 years, there is no wonder competition for the best jobs continues to get more and more intense. When hundreds of applications are sometimes received for each opening at major agencies, what can you do to get recruiters and hiring managers…… Continue reading Back to School? Time to Get Involved

Advice for Young PRos: Work Hard, But Have Fun

By Fernando Agudelo Senior leaders from top Chicago PR firms met last week with college students, recent grads and junior-level professionals at Weber Shandwick Chicago to address topics relevant to young professionals who are in or are looking to break into the industry. Following a panel introduction, attendees split into small rotating groups for more…… Continue reading Advice for Young PRos: Work Hard, But Have Fun

You, Too, Can Be a Great Speaker: 4 Simple Tips

You can become a great speaker if you follow four simple rules offered up by Edelman’s dynamic media and presentation guru Mary Gannon. Speaking to DePaul PR/AD students in my class this week, Mary listed these four tips for successful presentations: Prepare, prepare, prepare with the audience in mind—why should they care? Start with why…… Continue reading You, Too, Can Be a Great Speaker: 4 Simple Tips

Not Keeping Up On The News? Do So at Your Own Career Peril

During my long corporate career, I only can recall three times when a boss yelled at me. Perhaps the most vivid and preventable reprimand came when my boss asked about a newspaper article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal that morning—and he mostly got a blank stare from his Chief Communications Officer. It was…… Continue reading Not Keeping Up On The News? Do So at Your Own Career Peril

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