Kevin Lampe (WILL '83) with Phi Kappa Theta Brothers the grave of President John Kennedy (WPI 'A)

Kevin Lampe & Kurth Lampe Worldwide experts in crisis communications

Kurth Lampe Worldwide

Kurth Lampe Worldwide is a Chicago-based strategic communications, issues management, crisis communications, public affairs and corporate reputation-centric public relations firm with national “know-how” and international reach.

The boutique agency provides clients with a range of services, including:

•    Crisis Communications

•    Strategic Planning

•    Litigation Support

•    Media Relations

•    Public Affairs


Members of the Kurth Lampe Worldwide team are seasoned crisis counselors, having helped guide clients through a range of challenging situations. We have worked closely with both defense and plaintiff lawyers assisting them in the court of public opinion.

Representative support for fraternal and educational institutions:

Kurth Lampe Worldwide team member Kevin Lampe serves as crisis manager for his fraternity and universities, handling numerous crises including:

Shooting at an off-campus event

Hazing allegations

Death in a house fire

Risk management violations

Title IX investigations

Created and executed a plan for a university to avoid a public confrontation with an activist group; our work helped achieve the desired results -- no public demonstrations or news coverage.

Created and executed a plan for a university to guide them through a Title IX sexual assault situation

Support for clients and individuals has included: 

Counseled a member of a high profile political family during a high profile legal attack involving a false accusation of sexual misconduct. We helped to discredit and stop the attack.

Helped a retired judge who was accused of ties to the Mafia, clear his name and proved he had no ties to any criminals.

Focused on proactive reputation-building while also guiding the world’s largest restaurant brand through a variety of major and minor crises and issues

During the global financial crisis of 2008, worked with one of the companies in the very eye of the storm, providing counsel that helped the company not only survive (against great odds) but rebound in the years following

Successfully advised a corporate executive under United States federal investigation and indictment.

Counseled a client whose senior executive was under indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice in an alleged price-fixing scandal.

Interestingly, four times our clients’ legal opponents asked judges to place “gag orders” on our efforts, and each time the judges upheld our clients’ right to speak to the media.

Kevin Lampe, Executive Vice President of Kurth Lampe Worldwide, is an internationally recognized expert in crisis, political, media and communications strategy.

“Ideas, Delivered” is the mission of his firm Kurth Lampe Worldwide. He develops and directs the delivery of his clients’ complicated messages to a variety of audiences.

Kurth Lampe Worldwide has particular expertise in dealing with difficult and crisis/legal situations. Kurth Lampe Worldwide serves as the press/media relations counselors for their clients – including numerous political campaigns ranging from local offices to national presidential campaigns, and individuals and corporations in crises.

What sets Kevin Lampe apart is he understands Fraternity/Sorority Life better than most.

He joined Phi Kappa Theta in the fall of 1979. A charter member and Chapter President of Illinois Kappa Mu chapter at Western Illinois University, he also served as Installation Chairman, Rush Chairman, and Ritualist. He became a national officer as a sophomore when he joined the Undergraduate Advisory Council (UGAC) in 1980. He graduated in 1983.

As an Alumnus, he continued his seamless relationship of service with the national fraternity. Beginning as District Governor, Province President until his election to Phi Kappa Theta’s National Board of Trustees in 1999. On a local level, he served as alumni association president and director on the local housing board.

In 2009, he was elected National President of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. After finishing 12 years of service on the national board, he began his first term as a Trustee of the Phi Kappa Theta National Foundation in 2011.

He continues to serve as Crisis Manager for his fraternity.

Kevin Lampe has a unique perspective on the management of crisis situations for fraternities/sororities. When his fraternity finds itself in a crisis, it, as according to its crisis management plan, turns to him for advice and guidance.

He has conducted those difficult conversations with brothers in tough situations. He trained brothers (collegiate, alumni and staff) on how to respond to the media and serves as spokesperson when needed. He negotiated with University officials. He testified at university hearings. He conducted investigations and chaired judicial hearings. He was an alumni leader during the adoption and rollout of Risk Management policies and those difficult but needed changes to Greek life culture. He knows more about fraternity liability insurance then he ever thought possible. He even suffered the heartbreak of closing his collegiate chapter as a national board member.

He has attended 30 national annual meetings, visited and advised dozens of chapters, spoke at and attended numerous recruitment events, served as educational dean for national and regional leadership training meetings, attended multiple alumni functions, keynote speaker at conferences, installations, conventions for Phi Kappa Theta and other fraternities, taken many calls from a brother in distress, spent countless late night hours “solving the world’s problems” with his brothers and others.

But he is most proud of the fact he has attended or participated in his fraternity’s ritual nearly 65 times.

In his professional career, Kevin has worked with Hotel Rwanda’s Paul Rusesabagina, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, Erik Estrada, Rosa Parks, Government Ministers, Ambassadors, CEOs, Members of Parliament, Senators, and Congressmen.

He has conducted training seminars, interactive workshops and keynote address across the USA and in Kosovo, Uganda, Belgium, Albania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Norway, Mali, Netherlands, and Macedonia. Belarus denied him a visa because of his expertise in building democracies.

Kurth Lampe Worldwide has substantial experience working with news organizations around the world to deliver their clients’ messages. Their expertise in the political arena means they develop and move messages quickly. They know how to deal with the media. Their specialty is making the press, and the public – understand.

Kurth Lampe Worldwide is regularly called upon to train its clients to work with the media. They have performed this task for everyone from US Presidential candidates and other elected officials to community leaders and business executives. The principals of the firm have served on the Speaker TrackerTeam (Podium Operations) at the last six Democratic National Conventions. In 2012 and 2016 they served in senior management roles and training the team.

In fact, former President Barack Obama asked Kevin Lampe to help him prepare for his Keynote Address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Lampe was proud to be on stage with Mr. Obama when he delivered his historic speech. A speech that laid the foundation for his Presidential campaign.

Lampe often spends time “on the road” performing advance work.  He was also on the road from 1984-90 touring as a professional comedian.