Courage

I have been lobbying for Ketchum to launch a blog and volunteered to oversee the Culture and Trends section. In a recent staff meeting, I discussed the need for all of us to have more courage to experiment and innovate and present clients with new ideas in unique ways. In my entire career as a brand marketing based professional, the best ideas have always come from trend-based thinking and finding ways to connect brands to the jet stream of culture. This section will be in constant beta, inviting employees from all facets of the agency to tap their networks for nuggets of inspiring information. Whether you find inspiration from trend sites (www.trendhunter.com and www.lsnglobal.com), meme sites (www.mashable.com and www.knowyourmeme.com), friends in social networks, or in your own corners of the Internet or real world, this is the place to shape them with colleagues, and beyond. Are you up for the challenge?

About Barri Rafferty

As Ketchum's Worldwide President, Barri Rafferty works closely with Chairman and CEO Rob Flaherty and other leaders of the firm to guide agency strategy and business development. In addition, Rafferty leads Ketchum’s nine offices in North America as well as Ketchum Digital and Ketchum Sports & Entertainment. She also oversees complementary businesses Access | Emanate Communications, Capstrat, Harrison & Shriftman and Interfuse Communications. Rafferty is part of the 20-member Global Leadership Council, which focuses on guiding Ketchum’s strategy, client service and performance. Barri has a legacy of client service and continues to advise many of the agency’s largest clients. Outside of Ketchum, she participates in a number of groups including the sustainability taskforce for the World Economic Forum and is a member of Arthur W. Page Society Page Up program. Rafferty sits on the board of StepUp, an organization with the mission of empowering girls from under-resourced communities to become confident, college-bound, and career focused and she is also a member of the governing body of OmniWomen, Omnicom’s Leading Women’s Network, for which she holds quarterly panel discussions featuring prominent women. She is the recipient of the Plank Center Milestones in Mentoring Award. Barri is a graduate of Boston University (M.A) and Tulane University and enjoys watching soccer, volleyball, and dance - especially when her son and daughter are involved! Connect with her on Twitter: @barrirafferty

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