Natalie spent the last 10 years in advertising, most recently as Director of Strategy at Firstborn in New York City, where she helped build and lead the strategy team. She's partnered with clients such as L'Oreal, HBO, S&P Global, Vonage, Coca-Cola and Bacardi. You can find her on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in Marketing & Advertising, and among She Runs It's GenNext Award honorees—women ages 25-35 who're already making their mark on the industry. In 2018, she was named by The Drum as one of 70+ women of color who should be speaking at marketing conferences.

But she remembers what it was like at the beginning. To want to work in advertising, but having little to no idea what that really meant after she graduated—and the stress and anxiety that resulted.

Natalie started We Are Next to help students and fresh talent make their way into the industry with confidence. It's built on a dedication to mentorship accessible to everyone, and making diverse voices the norm.