Kim Blazek Dahlborn

Why PR?

“I can’t even think of a career in any other field. Since high school, I wanted to work in a public relations firm. I imagined that I would meet exciting people and travel to interesting places. Every day has not been so glamorous — but there are many days that have been exactly as I imagined!”


Fun Fact

Kim, her husband and young children love to travel. They have almost met their goal of visiting every U.S. state capitol. They have met many interesting people along the way and plan to write a book about their adventures.

Kim Blazek Dahlborn

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim leads and manages the firm’s operations. She started with LCWA when the firm was four years old and has been instrumental in the success of the business. Her dedication to client service and her high standards of delivering effective, results-oriented programming have been the foundation of the culture at LCWA.

She is involved in the strategic and creative directions of all of our clients’ programs and campaigns. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our clients, especially in media, brand building/positioning, change management, reputation management, crisis communications and research.

Job Highlights

  • Leading the agency to win the “Best of the Year” awards in Chicago in recent years for Ace Hardware, La-Z-Boy, Glidden and the City of Chicago, as well as many national and international awards.
  • Developing strong client relationships — some that have lasted decades.
  • Working with and nurturing some of the best public relations talent in Chicago.

Before LCWA

Kim has spent her entire career working in the public relations agency environment. Before joining LCWA, Kim focused on media relations, events and branding for several major firms in Chicago. She represented national and Chicago clients in both the consumer and business-to-business areas.

Involvement

Kim is a member of the Counselor’s Academy, Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators, Publicity Club of Chicago, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Executives’ Club of Chicago, City Club and Junior League of Chicago. She has served on the board of directors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Museum of Broadcast Communications, as well as the junior board of the Chicago History Museum and the President’s Board of UCAN, one of Chicago’s leading and oldest social service agencies for at-risk youth.

Education

Kim grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in mass communications with minors in speech communications and public relations.