Catherine Dunkin

Professor of Practice in Communications (Part-Time)

Catherine Dunkin

Catherine Dunkin

Before joining the Olin faculty in 2013, Cathy founded and built a public relations firm, Standing Partnership, recognized for its positive employee culture, exceptional client results, and innovative leadership as a partner in the global Worldcom Public Relations Group. Cathy and her team at Standing were recognized nationally for creativity, company management and growth, and creating a “great place to work.” She previously held positions with Fortune 500 companies and global agencies in St. Louis, Chicago and Dallas. She is a graduate of University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Area of Expertise

Business/Corporate Strategy, Management Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Leadership Development, Advertising, Business-to-Business Marketing, Marketing, Marketing Management and Strategy, Organizational Change and Development, Business/Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Management Strategy, Organizational Change and Development

Academic/Professional Activities

  • Other, Olin Research That Impacts Business
  • Other, Communication@Olin
  • Other, Olin Women in Business
  • Other, AACSB Bridge Program
  • Other, MBA Roundtable Symposium


  • Certified Graduate Coach, Coaching Out of the Box, 2023
  • College of Fellows, Public Relations Society of Americ (PRSA), 2016
  • St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, 2014
  • YWCA 2014 Leadership of Distinction, 2014
  • United Way Freeman-Kortkamp Award (highest board honor), 2012
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies, 2007
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, WEO, 2003
  • Committee of 200 Protege, 2002
  • Most Influential Business Woman, St. Louis Business Journal, 2002
  • Accredited in Public Relations, Public Relations Society of America, 1990

Teaching Interests

Leadership Communication, Public Speaking and Presentations, Cultivating Executive Presence, Executive/Leadership/Personal Coaching

Research Interests

Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Values-Based Leadership, Collective Impact

Personal Interests

Cathy activity supports industry professional associations and has served on civic and charity boards including Ignite Theatre Company, St. Louis Forum, and Variety the Children’s Charity. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs, playing and watching ice hockey, trying new restaurants, and taking in musical performances ranging from Broadway to classical to rock and roll.


Catherine Dunkin