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Driving Growth & Connectivity @ Grainger | Community Advocate | Strategic Communications Expert

Abby Probst

Abby Probst is a community-minded leader and communications executive, committed to bridging societal gaps and advocating for those people, places, and businesses that help communities thrive. Uniquely positioned to guide purpose-driven marketing and sales teams, her unwavering dedication, innovative mindset, and over twenty years of professional experience make her a force in her field.

A true embodiment of the power of connectivity, Probst leads initiatives that foster growth in her hometown of Chicago. As a Board Member at ToolBank USA since 2020, she passionately supports the mission to end tool scarcity for American volunteers, thereby enhancing the impact of charitable organizations. She also spent eight years deeply involved with The House Theatre of Chicago, championing the arts and their critical role in enriching our world. Driven by a people-first mentality, Probst proves an invaluable asset to organizations committed to driving local change.

Currently, as Director of Channel Business Brand Management at Grainger, Probst plays an instrumental role in developing positioning and sales programs to drive the business-to-business organization. Her work unifies sales, marketing, and communications teams around telling strong brand stories through enablement and sales action.

In her past roles, Probst spent over a decade at Accenture as an Integrated Marketing Communications Manager, creating and maintaining brand identity for the global brand through strategic planning, campaign management, and content development. During her tenure as the Educational Outreach Manager at Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology, she developed and promoted innovative programming and curriculum, offering crucial training and support to community leaders, such as teachers, students, and professionals.

Education has played a pivotal role in Probst’s journey. Her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University laid a strong foundation for her career, and her active learning attitude keeps her on the cutting edge of her field. This lifelong commitment to self-development informs her innovative and bold approach to her work.

Probst’s vision for Chicago is to become a benchmark for other cities in its thriving arts culture, small business ecosystem, and equitable opportunities for all Chicagoans. Her invigorating leadership, strategic acumen, and relentless dedication to societal upliftment set her apart. She is a transformative figure, poised to guide others toward achieving a more connected, equitable, and thriving future—one community at a time.

Empowering communities through strategic communications, advocacy, and purpose-driven leadership.

Leading Expertise:

  • The power of communication

  • How to center communications strategies around values

  • The role businesses play in enhancing community

  • How to foster connections of collaboration as a leader

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