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by Mary Tjotjos

Patti Temple Rocks, Best Selling Author

Patti Temple Rocks is the author of I’m Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace.  Her book, an Amazon best seller, was ranked as one of INC Magazine 9 Books Every Professional Should Read in 2019 and Kirkus Review described her book as a “compelling argument and a spirited call to action against workplace age discrimination.”  Patti is also Forbes contributor and public speaker.

In close to four decades in the communications business, Patti has held senior leadership positions in four different areas of the industry: PR, Advertising Corporate and Start-up. Patti is known as an inspirational leader, innovative thinker, problem-solver, growth driver, passionate brand steward and both an agent for change and a counselor during that change.  Patti was the Managing Director for the Chicago office of IPG Public Relations agency, Golin and led the agency to consistent growth, while providing counsel and ideas to clients including McDonald’s, Walmart, Humana, Tylenol, Unilever, Discover, Dow and ConAgra.  As the Chief Reputation Officer at Leo Burnett, Patti sat on of the agency’s Global Leadership Council, where she provided global strategic leadership of communications, and experienced first-hand the seismic shifts that were happening within the ad industry.  While Chief Brand and Reputation Officer for Dow Chemical, Patti was the principle architect behind the company’s “Human Element” campaign, an award-winning rebranding effort that lifted Dow’s reputation scores by the most significant margin in its history.  And as Founder of Temple•Rocks Communications in the 90s, she learned how to serve a wide variety of smaller clients while simultaneously getting married, giving birth, making cold calls, fixing copy machines and built a successful start-up agency along the way.

Most recently, proving that she truly wasn’t done, Patti rejoined the creative agency world.  In April of 2019, she accepted a role as Senior Partner ICF Next (formerly Olson Engage) where they utilize her “Wisdom, Experience & Connections” (Chapter 6 in her book) as she leads Client Excellence up and is responsible for bringing great thinking, ideas and people to clients.

Patti, an avid traveler who is admittedly itching to get on a plane again, has rediscovered her home and family in quarantine and has learned that spending time with them can be just as exciting as exploring new countries – and infinitely more rewarding.