Ann Thelen is focused on helping clients to meet their communications goals in results-driven environments. She has 25 years of experience in strategic corporate and organizational communications, executive messaging, internal and external communications, media relations, issues management, crisis communications, stakeholder communications, grassroots advocacy and reputation management. Highly attuned to understanding the diverse needs of all stakeholders, Ann excels at creating and delivering effective strategies that position projects and initiatives for success. She currently primarily serves clients in the agriculture, financial services, healthcare, insurance, marketing and utilities industries. In addition, she is a frequent speaker on crisis communications and how to effectively communicate about complex issues.
Before forming Thelen Public Relations in 2013, she worked for more than a decade in the energy and utilities industry and one of the Midwest’s leading integrated PR/Advertising agencies. Ann is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and has received numerous awards recognizing her strategic communications skills. She is involved with several professional organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America (Central Iowa Chapter) and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. In 2015, she was named the region’s Outstanding Public Relations Professional by Central Iowa PRSA.