Agency Leaders: Executive Insights | A Candid Conversation

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About Program

Curious about what it truly means to choose a lifelong career in public relations/communications? What does it really take to eventually transition from junior to mid to leadership roles within agencies? What are the trials, tribulations and challenges of a running boutique, mid- and larger-size agency? 

Join PRSA Chicago for its 'Agency Leaders: Executive Insights | A Candid Conversation' luncheon, the first in a series of candid conversations with Chicago area agency leaders, how they’re managing change, and the lessons learned.

Hear how agency leaders are choosing to work through: 

  • Financial constraint: maintaining the financial health of an agency
  • Recruitment and retention: building a team for now and the future
  • Managing expectations: clients, staff and other stakeholders

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19;
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Where: Maggiano's;
516 North Clark Street


Kimberly Eberl
CEO and Founder, The Motion Agency
Kimberly Eberl is the Founder and CEO of Chicago-based integrated marketing services firm, Motion. Eberl opened Motion in 2006 and has grown the agency steadily year after year.

Eberl’s entrepreneurial-minded team of over 60 people represents brands such as The Home Depot, Whirlpool, Simon Property Group, Tractor Supply, Gold Eagle, Boys and Girls Club of America, Lurie's Children's Hospital Foundation and more. Motion was recently ranked #23 in Adweek as one of the “Fastest Growing Agencies” in the world. 

Prior to opening her firm, Eberl worked at Ogilvy PR & Weber Shandwick. Eberl has a B.A. in public relations from Marquette University. Her track record also includes completing more than 116 races of various distances, seven of which were marathons. She’s a member of the Color Marketing Group, Public Relations Society of America, the Publicity Club of Chicago and PR Council. She is also an advocate of the MS Society.

Daniel Pooley
Managing Partner, Finn Partners
Dan has nearly 25 years of agency experience and leads Finn Partners Midwest. He has been with the firm since 2009, leading up to its public launch in 2011. Finn Partners is a digital-forward firm and one of the fastest growing in the industry. Today, it operates 20 offices globally with leading practices in technology, healthcare, consumer, travel, financial services, education, public affairs and the arts.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Ginger Porter
President, Central, Golin
Ginger Porter is the president of the Central region, responsible for managing the agency’s headquarter office in Chicago, as well as oversight of Golin Dallas.

Fanatical about the power of earning attention for brands, Porter takes a progressive, earned first approach to public relations – believing earned first’s power to elevate brands above others comes from being data-driven, creatively brave and relevance-obsessed.

Porter brings more than 20 years of experience in branding, earned media, social media strategy and execution, messaging, influencer engagement, and social purpose. Prior to her work in public relations, Porter worked in advertising, whetting her desire for earning attention versus paying for it. Porter began her career in broadcasting and she’s thankful her sizzle reels are conveniently missing.

Her success in building Golin stems from her ability to foster an inclusive culture where Goliners can celebrate their courageously happy ways. She’s addicted to helping clients win every day, relentlessly pursuing deep insights and bold ideas, and harnessing the power of social media in today’s “always on” world.

David Zapata
CEO and Founder, Zapwater Communications, Inc.
David M. Zapata is CEO and Founder of Zapwater Communications, an award-winning public relations agency with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

Zapata is a public relations executive with diverse government, political and agency experience. He has advised clients ranging from major consumer brands to Fortune 500 companies and technology start-ups to elected officials.

Currently his clients include numerous global destinations like Visit Finland, Visit Maldives and the Grenada Tourism Authority, global airlines like Finnair and others including Vail Resorts and Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya. Local clients include Skydeck at Willis Tower and Hickory Street Development’s properties which include Hotel Zachary and Gallagher Way.

In 2019, The Holmes Report named Zapwater a finalist for "Creative Agency of the Year in North America," and added "Zapwater is one of those agencies that genuinely punches above its weight with the caliber of its work. Zapwater consistently goes toe-to-toe with agencies many times its size."

Pre-registration is required by Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Questions? Send an email to Sarah Hanel, APR, and Kayee Ip, Programming co-chairs at [email protected].

Program Details


$45.00 Chicago Chapter Member
$50.00 after 12:00 am November 17
$40.00 Earlybird rate before November 2

$55.00 Non-member
$60.00 after 12:00 am November 17

All ticket sales are final. Substitutions may be made at any time.

November 19, 2019
11:30 AM CST - 1:30 PM CST

Maggiano's Little Italy
516 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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