About this Blog

This blog is about the intersection between branding, creativity, ideation, change, futurism, and careers. I intend to share ideas, trends and innovations — as well as the people behind them — that will help you advance your career and lead to a more rich and rewarding life. If you read something on this blog that hits you between the eyes, please let me know. If you have an idea for a story that you think others would benefit, don’t hesitate to contact me at stephen.dupont@pockethercules.com to share your thoughts.

About Me

I am vice president of public relations and branded content with Pocket Hercules, a Minneapolis-based advertising, public relations, digital, and branding firm. I have more than 25 years experience in developing and implementing strategies that fuel marketing momentum for my clients.

Industry Experience/Clients

I have worked with a wide range of clients including pre-IPO start-ups, non-profits, government agencies, and well-known B2B and B2C brands, such as Tracker Boats, Thomson Reuters, Delta Dental of Minnesota, Amana appliances, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Rapala, GMAC, and Emerson Processing (previously Fisher-Rosemount), FedEx, Viracon, Yellow Jacket, and many others. I am currently representing brands such as: Irish Setter, Construction Careers Foundation, Transport America, and the Royal Golf Club.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Pocket Hercules in 2008, I led the corporate communications team for GMAC ResCap, a division of GMAC Financial Services, and I served as director of marketing for the law firm Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. I worked for ten years with Carmichael Lynch Spong (now Carmichael Lynch Relate), serving as partner/director of media relations. My work experience also included stints at other agencies, including Colle & McVoy (now Exponent Public Relations) and Bozell & Jacobs.

Industry Involvement

Over the course of my career, my work has been honored with more than 50 statewide and national awards. These awards include three PRSA Silver Anvils, the public relations profession’s highest honor, several PRSA Bronze Anvils, PRSA Minnesota’s Best-of-Show, and the OAAA’s Out-of-Home Media Plan of the Year.

I’m an accredited (APR) member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and have served as president of the Minnesota Chapter of PRSA (2001), which has more than 500 members.

Writing and Speaking

I am a frequent contributor to Strategies and Tactics, the monthly publication for members of PRSA, as well as Forbes.com, Career Relaunch, and Vunela. I’ve also written for a number of regional publications on topics such as business startups, industry trends, and travel. I’ve had feature articles published by: Chief Content OfficerMinnesota Business, Ventures, Artful Living, and Mpls.-St. Paul magazines.

Community Involvement

I am a strong believer in giving back to my community. I recently served as the senior warden (chairperson) for Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Mendota Heights, Minn.  I have served on the board of directors for the  Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville, Minn., and St. Therese Senior Care, Services and Communities, New Hope, Minn. I have led several fundraising efforts for nonprofits, which have raised more than $2 million for capital and programming improvements.

Personal

I am married to Rebekah Dupont, Ph.D., director of STEM programs and associate mathematics professor at Augsburg College. We’re proud parents of two awesome teen daughters and two dogs.

And for fun? I love freshwater and saltwater fishing, downhill skiing, road cycling, and golf.