The History of PR in Chicago: Corporations, Agencies and the People Who Shaped It

Last week I had the honor of participating in a fascinating discussion about the history of public relations in Chicago, moderated by my good friend Ron Culp from DePaul University. More than 50 senior leaders of the Public Relations Society of America gathered at the historic Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. When discussing history,…

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Preparing to Improvise, Start with the Future and Work ALL the way Back

Last Wednesday, I arrived at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, to offer a guest lecture for Professor Caleb Dance’s undergraduate course, “Improvisation and Performance Culture in the Ancient World.” The class examines improvisation’s fundamental role in the overlapping art forms of storytelling, public speaking, theater and music. Dr. Dance asked me to relate…

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What Is in a Name?

When I got married a few years ago, I faced an identity issue common to many modern women—do I change my last name? While the emotional, family-oriented side of me felt that building a new life with my husband most certainly meant that I would share his name, the ambitious, career-oriented aspect struggled with the…

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How Big Is Your Desk?

A recent Financial Times article chronicled the history of office culture through the history of the desk. The “legless box” lugged around by the mid-15th century scribe spoke nothing of comfort. The modern, ergonomically designed desk of today was created with comfort in mind, but seems void of personality. What cultural values does your desk…

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“We Make History”

That’s what I tell people when asked what The History Factory does, and I get a smile or laugh more often than not.Stephen Colbert and friends, rest easy; I’m sticking with my day job.Which leads to…Just what does The History Factory do, really?Truth be told, we help companies and organizations put their history and heritage…

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