Kathy R. Posner is the former Chairman of Comm² Inc., a full service public relations/advertising/political strategy consulting agency that she founded. She sold the company in 2002 and stayed as chairman until 2003 when she left the company to pursue philanthropic volunteer work. She writes a blog, with her own spin on the news, at www.kathyposner.com.
She has been a guest on many talk shows including: “Jenny Jones,” “Geraldo,” “The Jane Whitney Show,” VH1 and “E! Entertainment TV.” She has appeared as well on “Common Ground,” "The Wall Street Journal Report," "The Early Today Show," “The Cheap Show,” and “Chicago Tonight.” She is a recurrent guest on the nationally syndicated radio shows, “Beyond The Beltway,” hosted by Bruce Dumont, and The Mancow Experience. Locally she is a frequent outspoken guest on “Awake With Jake” on WCPT and the Mancow & Cassidy Show on WLS-AM. Posner was profiled as a workaholic in a story that aired on DATELINE NBC and WEEKEND MAGAZINE with Stone Phillips in the Fall of 1999. Posner is often quoted in AP stories on a variety of topics. Her Chicago Magnificent Mile condo has been featured on television shows and in print stories.
She wrote a column for the trade magazine FOOD INDUSTRY NEWS for 17 years.
Posner is a five-time EMMY nominee for public service announcements she wrote, produced and directed.
She has appeared as keynote speaker before such diverse groups as The Illinois Smokers' Rights Convention, The National Network of Women in Sales, The Illinois Automated Merchandising Council, The National Automated Merchandising Association, Southland Chamber of Commerce, Polish American Leadership Alliance, Headline Club of Chicago, PR Newswire, HOBY Leadership Seminars and the Romance Writers of America. She has lectured at seminars at Columbia College, Roosevelt University, Harold Washington College and DePaul University.
In 1998, Posner was included in the annual list of, “100 Women Making A Difference,” a feature of Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. In 2002, she was listed in the magazine’s Hall of Fame for Women.
Posner is a member of Mensa, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Advertising, Who’s Who in America, Who's Who of Professional and Executive Women, The Society of Professional Journalists, The Headline Club of Chicago and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic; The Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Affairs Group; the 18th Police District Advisory Council; The Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee; The Board of CANTV and The Midwest Chapter of the American Committee of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. She serves on the Marketing Committee for Catholic Charities. She is a member of the Illinois Treasurer’s Community Affairs Council and Chairs the City of Chicago’s Blue Ribbon Committee for the Kathy Osterman Awards. She formerly sat on the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Women and the Bard of Governor’s of City Club.
Posner is a participant in the Chicago Public Schools' "Principal For A Day" program and has adopted Doolittle Intermediate School. At Doolittle she created a program called, LIFE (Library Is For Everyone), a library card/reading program. Posner is also a participant in the Big Shoulders Fund “Lend a Shoulder Day” program and has adopted St. Mathias School. In 2003, she “adopted” a student at the Lauder Javne Jewish Community School in Budapest and, along with her sister Karyn, funds three scholarships at the school. Posner is the creator and a member of The City of Chicago’s Taxi Driver Recognition Committee, which is empowered to annually award two taxi medallions to worthy drivers. She is an annual judge in the City of Chicago Vehicle Sticker Design Contest. In 2003 she was named to the Prostitution Assessment Team put together by the Mayor's Office of Domestic Violence.
In 1999 and 2000, she was a General Chairman for the Anti-Defamation League's Annual Distinguished Community Service Award Dinner. In 1999 and 2001, she was a General Chair Chairman of Little City’s Annual Board Dinner.
In 2000, Posner was named "Board Member of the Year" by Little City Foundation, honored at a gala in June 2000. Illinois Governor George Ryan, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Cook County Board President John Stroger all declared June 15, 2000 "Kathy Posner Day" in the state, city and county.
In 2001, Posner headed the Corporate Initiative for Mayor Daley’s Kid Start Summer Youth job program. She has served on the boards of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Women in Film and the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Little City Foundation and was the board’s first woman vice-president.
In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005,2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Posner was Co-Chair of the Chicago Legal Clinic’s Award Banquet where the Cardinal Bernardin Award winner is named.
In 2003, she was a Co-Chair of the CAUSES Tribute to Jesse White, a Committee member of the 60th Anniversary TRIBUTE TO IRV KUPCINET to benefit the Chicago Academy of the Arts and was the recipient of the President’s Award for service at the City Club Annual Awards Dinner.
In 2004, Posner chaired the City of Chicago’s Women’s History Month Celebration; was Event Chair of the Chicago Christian Industrial League’s Celebrity Clay Pot auction honoring CCIL for its landscaping program for the City of Chicago; was a C0-Chair of the Chicago Academy for the Arts Chicago Academy for the Arts Annual Irving Kupcinet Scholarship luncheon honoring Evie Glieberman; Chairman of the Chicago Legal Clinic’s Annual Dinner and Co-Chair of the GATES OF RIGHTEOUS AWARD DINNER benefiting Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem.
In 2004, Posner became a board member of CANTV, the cable access network in Chicago and a member of the Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation Circle of Friends.
In 2005, Posner become a host on “Political Forum,” a television show that airs on CANTV Channel 21. She also chaired the City of Chicago’s Women’s History Month reception, the Chicago Christian Industrial League’s Celebrity Clay Pot Auction, The Chicago Legal Clinic’s Annual Dinner and was Co-Chairman for the Chicago Academy for the Arts Annual Irving Kupcinet Scholarship luncheon.
In 2006, Posner chaired the “Heart of Gold Award” for Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem, the City of Chicago’s Women’s History Month reception, the Chicago Christian Industrial League’s Celebrity Clay Pot Auction, The Chicago Legal Clinic’s Annual Dinner and was Co-Chairman for the Chicago Academy for the Arts Kupcinet Scholarship Leadership Award luncheon. She received an award from the American Legion for her fund raising work for Illinois Premiere Boy’s State. She also was named to the Board of the Kupcinet Purple Heart Cruise Foundation.
In 2007, Posner received the Heart of Gold Award from Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem and chaired the City of Chicago’s Women’s History Month reception, The Chicago Legal Clinic’s Annual Dinner and was Chairman for the Chicago Academy for the Arts Kupcinet Scholarship Leadership Award luncheon. She was named as a member of the The Illinois State Treasurer’s Women’s Affairs Council.
In 2008, Posner was named to the Board of The Jesse White Tumblers, presented The Sage Awards with Mayor Richard Daley at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Women’s History month celebration, chaired The Chicago Legal Clinic Annual Banquet, was a lead organizer for the Kup Purple Heart Cruise and was on the committees of many other Chicago fund raisers. She joined the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend-A- Hand Foundation, lead a private fund raiser for The Band Of Brothers (Fire Fighters group) to send ten inner city children to summer camp. She continued hosting “Political Forum” on CANTV. She was named to a Blue Ribbon Panel choosing honorees for the City of Chicago’s Kathy Osterman Awards.
In 2009, in addition to her regular philanthropic activities, Posner Co-chaired The Shaare Zedek Raoul Wallenberg Award Gala, Co-Chaired The Barrister’s Ball, Co-Chaired The Chicago Legal Clinic Gala and Chaired the City of Chicago’s Women’s History Month reception. She received an award from the 18th District Police in appreciation of her volunteer work. She created an after school guitar lessons program funded by VanderCook College of Music and an after school dance lessons program for students at Doolittle school funded by a group of her friends. Posner was also elected to the Board of CAPAG (Chicago Area Public Affairs Group), the State Treasurer’s Community Affairs Council and was named Chairman of the City of Chicago’s Blue Ribbon Panel for the Kathy Osterman Awards. She ran her annual Cops, Kids and Kindness and Holiday parties for inner city children to be able to celebrate Christmas.
In 2010 she created the inaugural Wing Madness Event, a fund raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The chicken wing-eating competition between Chicago police officers and Chicago firefighters raised enough money to fund two wishes for children. She was nominated for an American Red Cross Hero award by the Chicago Police Department for her work on behalf of underprivileged children. She also continued chairing events for Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem, The Lend A Hand Foundation, Chicago Legal Clinic and The Kathy Osterman Awards. She continued her work with the 18th District Police and Doolittle School.
In 2011, Posner chaired WingMadness with the proceeds benefiting Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago, was a dinner co-chair for the Abraham Lincoln Maravitz Lend A Hand Dinner, co-chaired the Chicago League Clinic Banquet, was Chairman of the Citizen Blue Ribbon Panel for the Kathy Osterman Awards She continued her work with Doolittle School including the Young Guitarist Program which provides after school lessons for the students and even arranged a visit from the CEO of the Irish Chamber Orchestra to play classical violin for the students. She also run programs for underprivileged children in conjunction with the Community Policing Office of the 18th District Police.
Because of Posner’s commitment to educational causes, she has funded scholarships in her parent’s names at the Lauder Jewish School in Budapest, Hungary and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She also has funded the creation of a computer lab at St. Mathias School and has a continuing commitment to St. Mathias and Doolittle Intermediate School in Chicago for varied funding projects. She annually funds essay contests for school children at St. Mathias School, Doolittle Intermediate School and the City of Chicago through Women’s History Month activities.
Posner has been an expert public relations witness in lawsuits, the most prominent being a case against 20th Century Fox in a case relating to the TV show “LA Law.”
Kathy Posner is a native New Yorker and an alumna of Manhattanville College. Prior to entering the public relations field in 1987, she was an econometrician at Merrill Lynch’s New York City headquarters.
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