Thinkinc. is a creative Chicago-based public affairs and political consulting firm that delivers strategic planning and positioning, messaging, branding, issue framing, and educational campaigns with the power to take your organization to the next level.
Thinkinc.’s strategic approach and deep relationships kept media attention on an impactful story, yielding big viewership and nearly $250,000 in publicity value for our partners. Read more ›
At Thinkinc. we tailor our methodology per project, based on the specific needs of our clients. Over the years, the firm has developed a proven capacity to meet the wide-ranging positioning needs of our clients. Read more »
Founder, president, and CEO Laurie R. Glenn has more than 25 years of experience delivering powerful, effective strategies. Full bio ›
Laurie secured high-profile coverage in Wired for the Shared User Mobility Center’s report on how ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber affect public transit use.
Quotes from the SUMC’s executive director reached an engaged audience of 30 million monthly viewers, including thought leaders and policy shapers.
I wanted to write to say thank you again for your guidance last year. You gave me the courage to focus a bit more on Life Engineer and working towards being financially sustainable and I feel like I’m now on a better track. Thank you!
You had an impact on all of the 2016 Chicago YLAI Fellows (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative) and we all really appreciated your insights and learning from your experience.– Gregory Skeete, Founder, Life Engineer (life.engineer) and The Pilly Pelican Company (pilly.co) and a YLAI 2016 Alumnus
Dear Laurie, it was such a pleasure meeting you.
As promised, I wrote a poetic text dedicated to our leadership and art workshop following the exercise from yesterday. I would love to stay connected and thank you again!
Warm Regards, Nadja El Fertasi
We lead from the mind when the heart is the true guide.
We lead from the outside when our lifeline is inside.
We lead by accident instead of intent.
We lead from a place of fear instead of trust.
We lead from a place of judgment instead of compassion.
We lead from a place of control instead of faith.
True power comes when art and leadership blend as one.
True power comes when the self-exists with the ego in the background.
True power comes when others follow your path to greatness.
True power comes when others believe in the magic within themselves.
Some people walk in the room, and their soul speaks through their entire being.
Some people speak from the heart, and you connect without words.
Some people shine their energy onto you, so you too can transform mountains into beacons of hope, light, and peace.
Thank you Laurie for your presence, insights, and wisdom from the heart.
Thank you for teaching us leadership from the heart in fusion with art.
Thank you so much for meeting with the French delegation on October 31st! The delegates appreciated the discussion they had with you and they enjoyed your personality and passion for what you do!
Your hospitality and the valuable discussion made this a unique experience for them. They genuinely valued the time they got to spend with you.
I hope that there will be more opportunities for us to work together in the future, and I again want to thank you for your time. Support from professionals like yourself is what makes the work of WorldChicago possible. Your meeting no doubt enhanced the delegates’ trip to Chicago.
Just to let you know that yesterday was awesome. I truly appreciated your presentation. – Romaric N’DRI
I am Fernando Romero from Peru. You coached our team from the YLAI Professional Fellows program while we were in Chicago on October 2017.
Every bit of advice I received from you is part of my daily mantra of what to do with my organization and most important with myself.
All my best,
Biomechanics and Applied Robotics Laboratory
In 2019, Chicago homicides declined 13%, the third straight yearly drop in murders.
Other big cities have noticed. The Philadelphia Inquirer asked around Chicago and found one important reason for the turnaround: Community-based antiviolence work funded by the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. PSPC, a Thinkinc. client since spring 2019, is a coalition of more than 40 Chicago foundations and funders that have invested nearly $75 million in identifying and supporting neighborhood-level violence-reduction programs.
Read how PSPC-funded initiatives, such as Communities Partnering for Peace, are having such an impact: Important lessons for Philadelphia from Chicago’s three-year decline in gun violence
In 2016, a coalition of foundations and funders — including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Field Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and more than 40 others — united to address violence in Chicago. The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC) was formed.
In 2019, PSPC hired Thinkinc. to enhance the coalition’s public profile, beginning with the announcement of rapid-response grants to community-based groups providing anti-violence programming and services during the summer and fall. Thinkinc.’s news releases attracted wide news coverage, and its social media campaign spread the word, immediately increasing the number and quality of applicants, according to PSPC. The coalition is looking forward to results from the dynamic and innovative strategic approach that Thinkinc. is implementing over the coming several months.
When Thinkinc. conceptualized, named and helped design the architecture competition Disruptive Design: Reimagining Chicago in 2017 with the Chicago Housing Policy Task Force, we couldn’t wait to see what kinds of affordable homes entrants would come submit.
We’re proud that Disruptive Design isn’t just about replenishing Chicago’s desperately needed stock of affordable housing. This competition is about envisioning innovations in live-work capabilities, construction materials and methods, accessibility, and opportunity for aging in place. Read more »
Below is a lovely Facebook post from Andrei Zavalei, one of the young leaders from Belarus who attended my recent WorldChicago workshop on sharing power. I am deeply touched. Thank you, Andrei.
I want this world to be governed by women like Laurie Glenn.
I want women to have power, I want them to have real influence. I am sure, that this kind of world would be more inclusive, more transparent and less corrupted. This world will be definitely much more safer, prosperous and comfortable place for everyone, than it is now.
In August 2018, I (sixth from the left) joined other Chicago professionals including Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim (fourth from right) in working with a wonderful group of young leaders from Belarus through WorldChicago.
For over two weeks we are meeting with very talented people in various sectors on communications, fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy, research and organizing. Most importantly we are sharing with them lessons around building power. Learn more »
Laurie Glenn on French television.
What a better world this would be if restorative justice replaced retributive justice.
Check out what I mean at 2:02:39 of this clip from “The Ben Joravsky Show” with my friend Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks.
“It’s a very dangerous time. If our democracy is going to survive, we have to say the rule of law means something.” Hear why I said that on today’s edition of “The Ben Joravsky Show” during a great discussion of national politics with my friend Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks.
“Stop turning your back on Middle America.” That’s my message to the Democrats during my enjoyable time on “The Ben Joravsky Show.” Hear about that and what I’ve been up to lately. Watch the interview »
Thinkinc. worked with the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) to create a formidable force that took on a City of Chicago-backed project to use public funds to build a billion-dollar megadevelopment that threatened the city’s independent music scene. Indy venue owners formed CIVL and called Thinkinc.
Within a week, Thinkinc. generated widespread media coverage and fervent community support that would have a big impact. Read more »
The Field Foundation has hired Thinkinc. to announce the launching of two new programs, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to help make Chicago more racially equitable.
The Leaders for a New Chicago Awards and the Media & Storytelling Program will award $5 million in grants for areas, organizations and individuals often left out of philanthropic giving.
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a charismatic, down-to-earth Chicago community organizer and officeholder chose Thinkinc. to handle his announcement for congressional election and his October 2018 decision to decline a run for Chicago mayor. Garcia relied on Thinkinc.’s longstanding ties with Chicago and national media as well as influential community leaders.
Thinkinc. has the power to get your message heard. Explore the highlights of our recent media wins with influential TV and radio news programs, newspapers and blogs across the nation. Read more ›
Thinkinc. generated news coverage and social media awareness of important research by Journey for Justice Alliance that indicts school districts across America.
The report, “Failing Brown v. Board,” finds that “education in this country remains deeply separate and unequal,” writes Jitu Brown, Director, Journey for Justice Alliance.
When U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced his retirement from Congress and endorsed longtime ally Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for his spot, it was Laurie Glenn who made the news conference run smoothly.
Laurie coordinated between both camps to arrange the setting; led her team in writing Garcia’s speech, as well as the event’s media alert and news releases; and she arranged a Facebook Live stream of the announcement for maximum coverage. Then she got on the phone to make sure journalists had all the pre-event information they needed.
Laurie’s experience and media savvy assured a newsworthy event that garnered significant national coverage.