Strategies Designed to Ensure You're A Step Ahead

With more than 40 years of experience as a communications and business strategist, Cheryl is a high-energy, dynamic, professional with a track record of success working with senior executives in a variety of business, government and nonprofit sectors around the world. She is currently senior consultant and executive coach, A Step Ahead PR Consulting and Coaching, a Chicago-based, global practice. She is a subject matter expert and develops and implements strategies in crisis communications, strategic planning, special events planning, internal communications and media relations. She is an expert in executive communications and is a certified master and International Coach Federation credentialed coach and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America in public relations.

She draws on her years of experience leading accelerated change and proactive communications efforts for both global, complex organizations as well as local, regional and national entities. As a trusted advisor and coach, she helps leaders navigate ambiguous and volatile environments to achieve their leadership effectiveness. Through her coaching approach, executives focus on their leadership development, corporate presence, personal branding, effective communications, work-life balance, career transitions, or time management challenges through action plans co-created to benefit themselves and their organizations.

She has worked with a variety of corporations and organizations in a number of business sectors. She served in management and executive positions for DePaul University, HBO, Nielsen Marketing Research and Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. As a consultant, she has implemented strategies and designed training for clients such as Coca-Cola, Nissan, Allstate, McDonald’s, Sears, McCain Foods, Academy of General Dentistry, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and Magellan Corporation, to name a few.

She was the 2006 national president and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In 2000, she was the youngest inducted into the PRSA’s College of Fellows. She is the 2011 PRSA Gold Anvil recipient, the Society’s highest individual award presented to an individual whose work significantly advanced the profession and set high standards for the practice of public relations. She was the 2016 president of the International Coach Federation Chicago Chapter.

She has authored many articles, contributed to several books, been featured in many publications and is frequently quoted in the media. Her awards and honors are too numerous to mention here.

Procter-Rogers earned her bachelor's degree from Bradley University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a master’s degree in leadership and change management from DePaul University.



  40 years of experience as a communications and business strategist, trainer and facilitator
•  25+ years of experience as an executive coach

Subject matter expert in crisis communications, strategic planning, business strategy, internal communications, executive communications, leadership and change 


  • MA, Leadership and Change Management
  • MBA
  • BS English​
  • Certified Master Executive Coach
  • Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
  • Accredited, Public Relations Society of America
  • Fellow, Public Relations Society of America


  • Member of senior management team: Golden State Mutual, Nielsen Marketing Research, Home Box Office, DePaul University.
  • 21 years, small business owner developing communications and business strategies; consulting to individuals and organizations.
  • President, chair and member of the board of directors for nine local, regional and national organizations.

Cheryl I. Procter-Rogers, APR, Fellow, MCC, MBA, MA