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Ken Jacobs, PCC, CPC, an experienced consultant and certified coach, is the principal of Jacobs Consulting & Executive Coaching, which serves agencies, companies, senior leaders, executives and managers in the corporate communications, public relations, advertising and marketing space.

He has helped agencies grow and manage business, improve client service and relationships, and enhance staff performance, communications, and leadership skills, and has empowered communications CEOs, presidents, executive vice presidents and senior vice presidents to achieve and surpass their goals since 2007.



Jacobs holds Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials from the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is accredited as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Testimonials

  • "I had the privilege of working with Ken as my leadership coach earlier this year, and he did not disappoint. During our time together, Ken helped me identify both strengths and opportunities for development, then worked closely with me to outline actionable steps for growth as a leader in the communications industry. Several months after the end of our engagement, I consider Ken a great mentor, partner and friend. I would highly recommend him for leadership coaching."
    E. Blake JacksonE. Blake JacksonDirector, Corporate Communications, Walmart, formerly Vice President, Digital, Saxum
  • "I always felt Ken Jacobs was a counselor at heart; he was a pleasure to work with at MMC and exuded a genuine passion for teaching and counseling colleagues and peers. I'm thrilled to see that Ken has launched his own consulting practice and is following his passions, working with various industry experts. His published works are truly insightful and I often share them with industry colleagues."
    Ivette Sanz OssoIvette Sanz OssoChief Operating Officer at DEVRIES GLOBAL
  • "Ken has always been a trusted leadership and executive coach to many of PRGN’s member agencies for several years. A recent global webinar titled ‘How To Lead Leaders in Uncertain Times’ exclusive to our member agencies not only attracted communications pros from dozens of countries with a timely subject in agency life, but yet again proved Ken’s qualities as a leadership coach, leadership speaker and agency consultant. His presentation skills and storytelling style grabbed the audience’s attention throughout the session and feedback from multiple countries and cultures have testified it was effective despite being a virtual occasion. Ken combined thought-provoking points with practical tips that agency leaders in attendance said would surely put into action. While creating a friendly atmosphere, Ken demonstrated a solid knowledge on leadership trends and on all aspects of his subject content.

    Ken’s passion is palpable, both about his subject and for his audience. At the end of the online session, attendees felt inspired to become more effective leaders, using his thoughts and advise. As a host of our global event, I was amazed at the depth of his knowledge and inventory of cases and stories he was able to pull and tell when responding to a wide variety of questions form the audience. Ken is a great partner every host can dream of. Thank you for being with us, Ken, and for sharing some of your vast expertise. I’m sure we'll meet at upcoming virtual or regular member events of PRGN."
    Gabor JelinekGabor JelinekPublic Relations Global Network (PRGN)
  • "I had the pleasure of meeting Ken and experiencing his expertise during his presentation at the CAPRSA Pre-Con on 'How To Start Winning More Business, Now!' for 2016 in May. His ability to touch everyone in the room with his presence drew me in, and how he went about looking at issues we as business owners all face in PR and then narrowed down what could be done right away to solve some of these issues was fantastic. I started the conference eager for more because of Ken. I learned a great deal and look forward to more in the future. Ken is down to earth, funny, empathetic and a great teacher. I recommend him highly as a speaker and a coach. Thank you Ken, for your organic and down to earth approach. It is addicting!"
    Lynette HoyLynette HoyFire Chief, Founder and CEO, Firetalker PR
  • "Ken is a trusted friend and confidante in addition to being aninsightful management consultant and engaging trainer for agencyteams. We've hired Ken to help our managers become leaders andto help our entire team work better with clients. I expect to hire him again sometime soon. Thanks, Ken!"
    Scott BaradellScott BaradellCEO, Idea Grove
  • "Ken provided an on-target seminar on 'How to deliver 5-star client service' for our international Public Relations Global Network - and hit an immediate chord with our 50-member network of PR agency owners. We all know how important client service is, but sometimes forget how to implement it effectively. What I personally liked best about Ken's seminar is the way he offered specific ways to engage your clients that were eminently do-able. We've already done it and seen a big difference. I recommend Ken highly."
    David LandisDavid LandisCEO/President, Landis Communications Inc., President Giant Step Digital, Past President, Public Relations Global Network
  • "I’ve found Ken Jacobs’ executive coaching approach highly effective, because he’s helped me to better focus and empower myself to achieve my leadership and business goals. He encourages his clients to create a vision of success, identify the issues impeding their desired achievements, and focus on removing those impediments. In addition, Ken has helped me consistently focus on my highest-priority actions, thereby accelerating goal achievement. I’m extremely confident he can help you, too, whether you’re a business owner or corporate executive."
    Ken HunterKen HunterPresident and Chief Strategist, The PowerStation Communications
  • "I have known and trusted Ken for a long time so it was a no brainer to invite him in to train my entire team. The workshop he led was the hit of our retreat and the feedback from staff at all levels was A+. We not only had fun in the session but learned a lot of useful real world skills and essential in the comms business management tools."
    Beth KitzingerBeth KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
  • "Ken Jacobs conducted two valuable leadership development sessions with mid-career students in the Syracuse University Newhouse School's Executive Master's Program in Communications Management, which I direct. He truly engaged with the attendees to get them to think strategically about leadership, while also offering practical insights they can (and did) bring back to their organizations. To a person, these professionals were grateful to Ken for the value and personal commitment he brought to their leadership journeys, and I strongly recommend him as a trusted source for providing leadership development and communications counsel in any sector--agency, corporate or not-for-profit."
    Anthony D'AngeloAnthony D'AngeloPublic Relations Professor; Director, Executive Master's Program, Communications Management
  • "Ken provided executive training and workshops on more than one occasion in previous roles I've had. His workshops were thought-provoking and come with the high-energy personality that havemade Ken a friend to so many in the communications industry. I hold Ken, and his work, in great regard."
    Kurt CulbertKurt CulbertFormer Vice President, Taylor
  • "If you're looking for a coach that is savvy, kind and full of thoughtful counsel, Ken is an excellent choice. He has a really unique way of sizing up leadership and business issues and then guiding you to a successful solution. He is patient, and he knows how to gently push you to be a better leader. Can't recommend him enough."
    Jennifer ThompsonJennifer ThompsonPresident/CEO, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
  • "I sought out Ken for executive coaching and found the experience to be personally and professionally rewarding. Ken’s coaching expertise and professional experience as a leader, strategist and manager, meant that he could not only provide traditional coaching, but invaluable perspective and context for achieving my goals. I would highly recommend him."
    Simon Erskine LockeSimon Erskine LockeCEO-Founder, Communications Match
  • "Ken is one of those rare souls you meet who draws you in to listen and hear him out. When I talk with him invariably something he says stays with me for a long time. One of my favorite Ken quotes: what comes AFTER what comes next? An intuitive spidey-sense is what brings him success, but it's his genuine good nature that makes him truly special."
    Daniel LeminDaniel LeminHead of Consulting, Convince & Convert
  • "I first approached Ken for coaching around building the right business development mindset as I was settling into a new role/establishing a new office for our agency. After a few weeks working together, I quickly realized how much opportunity was ahead of me. I was able to unpack some previously held beliefs about my skill set and be open to new ways of working. As a result of working together I've not only cultivated the mindset I was initially seeking but have been much more productive, uncovered other areas of growth and am better prepared to not just handle change but thrive during it! It was a great experience."
    Meghan GrossMeghan GrossVice President, Pierpont Communications
  • "I was lucky to hear Ken deliver a presentation in the fall of 2019 on leadership and tips for leading concerning our roles as board members with the Public Relations Society of America(PRSA) many points from the talk stuck with me. As 2020 as driven us in many different directions with the turn of events, I reached out to Ken and asked him to speak to the PRSA, Philadelphia chapter. He delivered, “Things to Start Doing NOW To More Effectively Lead Your Team.” We received great feedback from our attendees, including the fact that Ken really held my attention after back-to-back video calls. I echo that, Ken’s calm delivery is welcoming and informing. Thank you, Ken, it was a pleasure working with you."
    Stephanie ByrwaStephanie ByrwaPresident, PRSA Philadelphia
  • "While I was with MWW, Ken conducted several engaging workshops for our client-facing staff. His workshops were among the highest participant-rated classes we've given, vis-a-vis such key measures as 'Overall Program (Workshop) Value,' 'Program Facilitator,' 'Practicality/Usability of Recommendations,' and 'Exceeded Expectations.' Participants reported not only learning a tremendous amount of valuable information, but committed to take a number of actions as a result of the workshop. Not only were these the actions we wanted them to take, but they actually did so. In a post-workshop survey, a large number of participants said they'd enthusiastically recommend the program to others; a substantially larger number said they'd very enthusiastically recommend it."
    Angela CalzoneAngela CalzoneCo-Managing Member, Change & Response Strategies, LLC, Senior Vice President, Talent Resources and Organization Development
  • "Ken is a seasoned hand who has a knack with people. So he seemed like the right guy to turn to as an executive coach for some of our top performers. We’ve given him multiple assignments – none of them easy – and he’s far outperformed our expectations every time. We’ve taken to calling Ken the “PR Whisperer” around the office."
    Dan BaumDan BaumCEO and Founder, DBC PR+New Media
  • "I invited Ken to present at the Richmond PRSA monthly luncheon. He did an amazing job presenting on, “Things to Start Doing NOW To More Effectively Lead Your Team”. His insight made our April virtual lunch program a huge hit! Ken Jacobs is a terrific speaker, counselor and coach to communications professionals everywhere. Many of our members gave us great feedback in our post-event online survey. He's a wealth of knowledge and resources. He was able to pivot well and change his presentation to fit our COVID-19 reality. The initial presentation was scheduled in-person. He adapted and hosted a webinar for over 100 professionals in the area. He was able to connect with everyone. Well done, Ken!"
    Taya Jarman, MS, APRTaya Jarman, MS, APRCommunications Director and Social Media Strategist
  • "Ken is high-level strategic thinker who is also a great teacher. He recently led a sold-out session for Social Media Club Philly & PRSA Philly, which led to a robust discussion that the audience stretched for more than an hour beyond the meeting. Ken also does an excellent job asking the critical questions that help you think through approaches to PR, keep your team motivated and make you laugh really hard. And I don't know about you, but I don't think there are enough laughs these days."
    Annie HeckenbergerAnnie HeckenbergerVP, Group Director, Brand Communications Strategy, Digital Health
  • "Ken is a good and genuine man. He cares deeply about the communications business, and the people who strive to do good work in the profession. Ken is the coach for leaders, their teams, peers and clients. Ken also lead an excellent on-line webinar and discussion for Taan Worldwide members, about the meaning of leadership through this very difficult business environment. It was full of key ideas that focus us on the important actions each need to take. I recommend Ken — as a speaker, a consultant, a professional coach — to everyone seeking to be better."
    Peter GerritsenPeter GerritsenPresident at Taan Worldwide

Articles

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Ken Jacobs on His Own Leadership Values

For our last issue of 2019, Ken Jacobs himself tackles the questions that he has asked countless other PR leaders.

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AnnaMaria DeSalva on Maintaining Your Center

A Q&A with AnnaMaria DeSalva.

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Doug Baxter on Respectful Leadership

A Q&A with Doug Baxter.

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