About FGC

Forest Glen Communications LLC helps companies tell stories that drive results. We start by asking questions and conducting research to better understand your industry, business and corporate objectives -- so there's no wasted effort in developing a communication strategy and tactics that fit your needs. We can help you see the forest through the trees, whether your top-of-mind business objective is customer growth or a successful annual meeting vote.

Of course, it's just as important to anticipate and manage issues that could turn into crises. We can help you identify potential issues and crises, develop a usable crisis communication plan, help manage issues using owned and earned media, and respond to stakeholder concerns if and when a crisis occurs.

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Maryellen T. Thielen


Maryellen Thielen founded Forest Glen Communications LLC in 2017 after a varied career as a corporate practitioner, PR agency executive and independent consultant. As a versatile communicator and skilled media and investor relations strategist, she has strengthened brands and influenced stakeholder perceptions for Allstate, Walgreens and other companies. She has received numerous awards for investor relations, communications management, annual reports and other publications.

As an APR (PRSA accreditation) and ABC (IABC accreditation), Thielen has demonstrated mastery of all aspects of the communications process, including research, planning, supervising and delivering strategic results within small and large budgets. She currently is vice president of communications for the Chicago chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, where she previously held the roles of chairman, president and executive vice president. She volunteers with the Public Relations Society of America's Chicago chapter and served on the board of the International Association of Business Communicators, Chicago chapter, from 2005 to 2010.

Thielen has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.