WHO WE ARE
Becky Carroll, President and CEO, C-Strategies LLC
Becky Carroll is the Founder and President of C-Strategies LLC, a strategic communications and public affairs firm that serves corporate, advocacy, and non-profit clients leading media, crisis management and public policy campaigns. She served as a top adviser to public-sector executives at both Chicago’s City Hall and the Illinois Office of the Governor, while also holding top positions on local, state, and national political campaigns, including National Director of Women for Obama on the 2008 Obama for President Campaign. She has served on multiple boards that promote leadership roles for women in politics and women’s health, family, and workplace issues, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, NWPC and Chicago Woman Magazine. She was once recognized by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago’s 30 Under 30 and was named a Chicago Business Journal 2018 Woman of Influence.
Considered one of Chicago’s top public affairs strategists, Becky is a two-decade veteran of high-profile political and public policy campaigns. She led public engagement and communications strategies to develop and promote bold, new initiatives on education, economic development, housing, pensions, and budget and finance issues. Her public sector experience includes: the City of Chicago Departments of Planning & Development and Housing; Chicago Mayor’s Office; Chicago Public Schools; and the Illinois Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
As part of her firm’s mission, she focuses on empowering women and elevating both their voice and issues that uniquely impact them through her monthly podcast “The Broad Cast” and quarterly engagement event “The C Chat”.
Becky is a third-generation Chicagoan who attended Chicago Public Schools and graduated from Loyola University Chicago. In October 2017, she was among the co-founders of “Illinois Say No More” an open letter regarding the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Illinois politics that helped raise the public’s consciousness around this issue. Other civic involvement includes serving as a Mentor at 1871, in addition to serving on the boards of Equality Illinois, Chicago Area Public Affairs Group (CAPAG), and One Illinois and on the Ambassador Board of MedGlobal. In 2016, she co-founded a global social media campaign called #StandWithAleppo that engaged more than a billion people across the world in speaking up for peace in Aleppo, Syria and was recognized by Today.com as one of “7 Parents Who Inspired Us” in 2016 for her work on this effort, while receiving the “Making A Difference Award” by the Syrian American Medical Society. In 2017, WeWill named her “Mom of the Year” while she was recognized as a Chicago Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2018. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Kristen Cannon, Strategic Communications and Branding Advisor
Kristen is a public relations and communications consultant with rich national brand and agency experience. She has advised clients ranging from major consumer brands to Fortune 500 companies and family-owned businesses to local brands.
Throughout her career, Kristen has worked on dozens of national and local campaigns with elements including strategic media relations, social media strategy, influencer strategy and engagement, celebrity and third-party partnerships, and large-scale consumer and media events. She has an established track record of brand strategy, integrated marketing campaign planning, and leadership.
Caroline Wellford, Client and Media Affairs Coordinator
Caroline is a Memphis, Tennessee native and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She twice served as an Urban Fellow for the City of Memphis, reporting to the Executive Communications team. During her time in this role, Caroline supported multiple projects for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his communications team working with national and local media to pitch and secure coverage around key initiatives. Additionally, she worked at the Methodist Healthcare Foundation in both a fundraising and organizing capacity.
As a Client and Media Affairs Coordinator, Caroline is responsible for managing client relations across multiple projects and securing media coverage among local, national and trade media.
Leslie Wertheimer, Senior Communications Director
Leslie brings more than eight years of experience driving strategic communications in public and private sectors. Prior to joining C-Strategies LLC she worked for the Illinois Lottery’s new private manager Camelot Illinois, where she led issue management and earned media outreach. She also oversaw strategic communications for the largest technical transition and retail transformation in U.S. lottery history.
Leslie previously worked in the Illinois Office of the Governor and has experience working on statewide political campaigns in Illinois and Pennsylvania. She is skilled in brand strategy, media relations and events, crisis management, and developing thoughtful messaging and strategies that challenge convention.