Ashlea Ramirez, Engagement & Inclusion Manager at Droga5, made an early career shift from project management to Diversity & Inclusion. Hear about her tips for MAIP 2020 Fellows, the non-profit she co-founded called Women Who Create, how mentees can make the most out of their relationship with their mentors, initiatives she’s worked on at Droga5, including exposing Latinx directors to the creatives and producers at the agency for Hispanic Heritage Month, and how her job has influenced her own coming out story.Read More
Jack Rogosin, Associate Copywriter at FCB Chicago, grew up around advertising, thanks to his mom, Fallon’s first female creative hire (the original Peggy Olsen). But that didn’t mean it was easy for him to break into the industry. Hear about his struggle to get hired because of his age/lack of a college degree (despite winning The One Club’s Creative Bootcamp several times), what he gained from unpaid internships outside of the industry, finally getting his foot in the door via an out-of-the-box job application, and facing a moral crossroad early in his career.Read More
Bella Ibrahim, Marketing Director at Kerning Cultures, spent five years as an art director at Digitas before joining a podcast network start-up. Hear about why not getting hired isn't always about you, learning to manage up when it came to promotions, the power of hearing stories from the Middle East and the mission of Kerning Cultures, what it's been like to move to a start-up environment, and podcasts as an advertising medium.Read More
Rachel Guest and Celine Faledam, Associate Creative Directors at The Many, have been creative partners across 10 years, two continents, five ECDs and 206 late night desk dinners. Hear about the biggest things you don’t learn in ad school, what to do if you aren’t clicking with your partner, their experience and learnings from their passion project Give The Talk, and the role of creativity and brands when it comes to social good issues.Read More
Marc Phillips, a Content Director at IBM Watson Health, worked in content and social strategy agency-side before recently going in-house. Hear about how to maintain a strong portfolio as a strategist, making yourself indispensable during a period of layoffs, tips on adjusting to the in-house work environment, and why your identity should include something other than what you do professionally.Read More
Karen Goodman, Group Creative Director at Havas, is here to help you take more risks in your career. Hear about how young creatives can stand out when starting out, integrating into a new city where you don’t know anyone, what she learned from working for two years client-side at Under Armour, letting go of the pressure we put on ourselves when starting something new, and why we should “always be ready”.Read More
Elizabeth Rosenberg, Global Head of Communications at 72andSunny, joins us to shed light on the huge role PR/Communications professionals play in the agency world. Hear about why encouraging speaking engagements within your own office is underrated, the strategy involved in crafting and pitching a story to the media, tips for networking in the industry, the demand for PR talent, how we should be receiving and using the feedback we get, and tips for getting paid what you’re worth.Read More
Eric Hu, Senior Strategist, Engagement Planning, at Area 23 (part of the FCB Health network), went from being a performing artist, to freelance strategist at big name agencies, to working full-time at a healthcare agency (and being a commercial photographer and microinfluencer on top of that!). Hear about pitching yourself to a company as a student, overcoming imposter syndrome as a young strategist, the pros and cons of freelancing, his decision to work at a healthcare agency, and why we should seek to work with people who are different than us.Read More
In our first Inbox Zero Minisode, Natalie answers questions from We Are Next users, including:
Do any agencies release applications for full-time spring roles in the fall?
What should I do about a speaker on the wrong side of the #MeToo movement?
Is grad school necessary in advertising?
I’m stuck moving from marketing to advertising
How can I optimize my networking to land a full-time junior role?
Jezz Chung, Diversity & Engagement Lead at Anomaly, shows us the power of listening to yourself, finding outlets that support your mental health, and aligning your profession with your purpose. Hear about her three career pivots and how a video of her dancing helped her become a creative at Media Arts Lab, why moving to NYC was the most triggering experience to her mental health and what she’s learned about comparing herself to others, how she pitched her dream role to Anomaly, and how her Asian American upbringing has influenced her career.Read More
Mariano Pintor, Account Supervisor at McCann NY, opens up about his experience as a first generation student and how his intersectional identity has influenced his work. Hear about why it’s important to vocalize your passions at work, his response to a serious family crisis having to do with ICE during one of the biggest moments of his career, his contribution to McCann’s recent work for Pride, and advice for other first generation students.Read More
To celebrate our 100th podcast episode, Vivian Zhang, Integrated Comms & Media Planner at Wieden+Kennedy, comes over to interview Natalie as a guest host. Hear about Natalie’s career before We Are Next, how We Are Next was started, how it’s evolved, behind-the-scenes challenges, how being pregnant (!) has affected how she views We Are Next, and her biggest advice for anyone wanting to start their own thing.Read More
Alicia Haberman, Senior Experiential Designer at CNX Condé Nast, talks about her dual background in film and graphic design, and belief in bringing your out-of-work passions to your career. Hear about skills and traits that served her well in production, putting what you’ve done and what you want to do out there, what she does as an Experiential Designer at Condé Nast’s in-house agency, and why you’re never really going in the wrong direction.Read More
Emily Siegel, President and Partner at Lafayette American, has written most of her own job descriptions and built teams that didn’t exist prior. Hear about her nonlinear path to advertising, how to know when’s the right time to move on or take a risk in your career, working with iconic brands in Detroit and what Lafayette American was founded to do as an agency, and advice for future female leaders.Read More
Tony Joo, Head of Production and Co-Founder of NEON, is here to talk all things production. Hear about the qualities that make for a great producer, variation between working in production at different agencies (and brand-side), co-founding a creative studio, navigating being shy and introverted in an industry full of big personalities and loud voices, and how to make your seat at the table more heard and respected when you feel underrepresented.Read More
This week’s episode is a live recording from the Double Back panel I moderated last Friday. Panelists Theresa Vargas Wyatt - Chief Growth Officer, La Reyna, Docia Nartey-Koram - Associate Director of Talent Acquisition, AKQA, Tiffany Golden - Creative Producer, Wieden+Kennedy, and Adam Katzenback - Managing Director, Virtue Worldwide, discuss actionable ways to increase representation, diversity, and inclusion in the industry.Read More
Zoe Kessler, Creative Director at Barton F. Graf (at the time of recording), joins us to talk about embracing what makes you different in the industry. Hear about how to make the most of your job even if it’s not your ideal position, why we should grill the person interviewing us, working with other agencies on the pro bono campaign Donate:60, and learning to accept recognition as a female creative.Read More
Jeff MacDonald, Experience Design Lead at Epic Signal at Mekanism, brings us high-level ways to think about our careers as we navigate through them. Hear about how he found Experience Design (formerly Creative Technology) at Brandcenter, how creative technology has evolved, how to roll with the ups and downs of working in advertising, processing your emotions after being let go, and the importance of actively redefining your career along the way.Read More
Courtney Jones, New Business Manager at 22squared, brings her empowering advice to the podcast. Hear about what it means to work in new business, speaking up as the “only” one in the room, how she incorporates D&I into her new business role and learnings from 22squared’s inspiring D&I journey, why you should consider moving to Atlanta post-graduation, and the kind of support young talent should be looking for in their first jobs.Read More