Learning & Development

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At Ketchum, we believe it's good business to develop great people.

Ketchum’s dedication to employee learning continues to translate into value for our employees and our clients. The more refined our communications practitioners become in their approach, the more fresh, inspired and effective the client programs they create will be. We believe that employee learning is an investment worth making, and we continue to raise the bar we have set as the industry leader in this category. Through our corporate learning program, Ketchum University, the agency retains and invests in the industry’s best talent by providing learning and development courses ranging from unconscious bias to social media listening and tools that help employees grow professionally and achieve great results for our clients.

Learning at Ketchum

Ketchum University - making the best better

Ketchum University curriculum features a wide variety of learning programs that are conducted as local seminars and global sessions. Courses are offered on topics ranging from leadership and business development to core business skills like media strategy and creativity. Activities are highly interactive, enhancing collaboration and drawing on the strengths of course participants while distributing knowledge and best practices throughout our global network.

The Race to Make it Real

Race to Make It Real Team
Race to Make It Real Team

The Race to Make It Real 2.0 is Ketchum’s collaborative learning program designed to make our employees more effective communications professionals within the rapidly changing media landscape. The Race to Make it Real focuses on Context, Content, Influence, Channel and Integration.

Career Development

Ketchum’s Global Mentorship Program

Ketchum Global Mentorship Program

Employees at any level can sign up to be paired with a mentor or mentee in another office to help them think differently around career challenges or to help build new expertise in an area they aren’t as familiar with.

Break Through Advisory Board

Break Through Advisory Board

The 10-member Break Through Advisory Board consists of five women and five men from all across the globe. Advisory Board members are tapped to tackle specific issues raised by leadership and generate ideas to address immediate and future needs and opportunities. Members of the board are selected from all levels and areas of the agency through an open application process. 

The Advisory Board is charged with challenging, provoking and inspiring new ways of doing business, while advising on the latest trends and emerging technology including new content platforms, products and services, collaboration opportunities and thought leadership.

Ketchum’s Global Scholars Program

Ketchum Global Scholars Program
Ketchum Global Scholars Program


The Ketchum Global Scholar Program is an extraordinary opportunity for colleagues from around Ketchum’s global network to export and import expertise, knowledge and insights across Ketchum’s offices. Ketchum invests annually in the Global Scholars Program, which allows a selection of individuals to travel and work in another office and experience the work environment, culture and practices, as well as develop networks and relationships that are mutually beneficial for the individual and our clients.

Camp Ketchum

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Recognized as one of the preeminent training experiences among global communications firms, Camp Ketchum is designed to teach our company’s next generation of leaders’ cutting-edge thinking in our profession, to engage them in a real world competitive experience and to reinforce our culture of collaboration.

Employee Competitions That Foster Innovative Thinking At All Levels

Spark Tank

Spark TankAt Ketchum, we build a culture of entrepreneurship and strive to get colleagues across the globe engaged in building new products, services and talent offerings to create the agency of the future. We know that Ketchum is home to many budding entrepreneurs who have been waiting for a platform to submit their game-changing ideas to the agency.

Modeled after popular TV shows like Shark Tank and Dragons’ Den, Spark Tank is an opportunity for our employees to submit a break through pitch for how Ketchum can advance its vision to become the world's most valued agency. Submissions are reviewed by judges from across the network, and finalists are invited to come to New York and present their business proposals to a panel of Sharks.

Cannes Contest

Ketchum at Cannes

Creativity and innovation are at the core of who we are, which is why we created the Cannes Contest.  The Cannes Contest, invites colleagues to propose  why they should attend the festival and how they would bring their learnings back to the agency.   The winners get to attend Cannes.  Check out what a recent winner had to say about the contest and her experience at Cannes….

"I've always been proud to be a Ketchumite, but after winning Rob’s Ticket to Cannes contest, that pride shot up to another level. Our mission was to create unique, scrappy content and break through at the World’s Largest Creativity Festival and that’s exactly what we did. The amount of collaboration that came from our team of delegates was crazy inspiring. We took on everything from panel live-tweets and strategic brainstorms to Young Marketers Competition coverage and media outreach. I could not be more thankful - to Rob for entrusting me with this adventure, to the Cannes Delegates for helping me create incredibly fun content, to my teams who shared our Cannes findings with clients and to the Corp Comms team for putting the muscle behind the preparation (You couldn’t imagine the horsepower that goes behind the production of Ketchum at Cannes.)" - Myreete Wolford