About company


Welcome to Agency H5. We are a fully integrated marketing communications agency — rooted in public relations. We are connectors. We are brand builders. We are storytellers. Through traditional engagement, digital influence and experiential strategies, we share our clients’ stories to the right audiences at the right time to ensure they are heard and, better yet, shared. We are savvy, nimble marketers who believe an insight must inform every creative output to deliver optimal results. We are storytellers at heart. So, let us quickly tell you ours.



Our beginnings were as humble as they come: In January 2001, founder Kathleen Sarpy left behind her “big agency job” to achieve better work/life balance as a young mom. She dreamt of creating a place that let her continue doing award-winning work without ever apologizing for keeping her kids a top priority in her uber-busy life. So, she founded a PR consulting practice that quickly attracted big brands as clients and talented PR practitioners as employees seeking their joy outside of the global agency grind.

Over the past 17 years, without outside investors or a parent company, Henson grew the agency known as Henson Consulting out of her suburban basement and eventually into the 11,000-square-foot riverside office we currently call home. The firm that once started as one-woman show now employs nearly 50 talented team members and boasts a client roster that features a mix of local, regional and global clients like Pampered Chef, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Michael Hill Jewelers, Dairy Farmers of America and Storck sweets.

In January 2018, Henson rebranded Henson Consulting as Agency H5. The name change reflects the company’s evolution from a traditional public relations firm into a fully integrated marketing agency and the strength of a team that’s truly “one of a KIND.” What’s with the “5”? Well, it stands for our five core values (kindness, passion, creativity, integrity and hustle) and is a subtle homage to Henson’s five children, the initial reason she first started the agency nearly two decades ago. And the “H”? It stands for Humanity – everyone we work with and for must match our core values and find their joy outside of work. And, we find that when that happens, we’re all Happy, too.

Here at Agency H5, we do it all — and we’ll proudly do it for you. We get strategic and creative to get results. After all, reaching people is good. Touching hearts is better. Changing minds is best.


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