EPISODE #64 || Vanessa Toro, Vice President of Creative Strategy at Digitas

EPISODE #64 || Vanessa Toro, Vice President of Creative Strategy at Digitas

Vanessa Toro, Vice President of Creative Strategy at Digitas, speaks to all the outliers in the industry who don’t come from an advertising background. Hear about why it’s important to be out participating in the world, navigating the cultural and social norms of working at an agency, how her identity as a woman of color influences her leadership style, and why she’s not here for strategy jargon.

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EPISODE #63 || Sandy Greenberg and Terri Meyer, Co-founders and CEOs of TERRI & SANDY

EPISODE #63 || Sandy Greenberg and Terri Meyer, Co-founders and CEOs of TERRI & SANDY

Legends Sandy Greenberg and Terri Meyer, Co-founders and CEOs of TERRI & SANDY, share wisdom from their years of navigating the industry as creative and business partners — and they aren't afraid to tell it like it is. Hear about the difference between starting your career at a big vs. small agency, how to build resilience in your career, mindfucks to look out for and how to deal with them, and more.

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EPISODE #62 || Jewell Donaldson, Writer at Flagrant Creative

EPISODE #62 || Jewell Donaldson, Writer at Flagrant Creative

Jewell Donaldson, Writer at Flagrant Creative, helps other creatives project themselves into the world and secure the bag. Hear about how she turned an internship into a full-time role, things to watch out for when you go freelance, building your tribe, and how to get a real sense of an agency's culture—especially when it comes to diversity & inclusion. 

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EPISODE #61 || Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon

EPISODE #61 || Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon

Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon, joins us to talk about owning and branding your weirdness. Hear about the importance of asking why and the kind of work Giant Spoon is known for, being a culture add vs. a culture fit, and translating your non-advertising and non-work related interests and passions into relevant skills on your resume/in an interview (with lots of specific examples!).

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EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications, brings her fresh perspective for young talent entering the industry. Hear about her advice for getting started in advertising when you have no prior experience, how her identity as a poet influences her copywriting, her approach to taking care of her mental health, and her perspective on diversity as a young black woman in the industry.

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EPISODE #55 || Jenny Gomez, Director of Product Marketing for the Advanced Media and Advertising Group at TiVo

EPISODE #55 || Jenny Gomez, Director of Product Marketing for the Advanced Media and Advertising Group at TiVo

Jenny Gomez, Director of Product Marketing for the Advanced Media and Advertising Group at TiVo, went from being a theatre professional to working both on the agency and ad tech sides of the industry. Hear about what ad tech actually entails and how data stories illuminate human behavior, how to keep up with the continually shifting needs of agencies, the misconceptions about B2B marketing, and small ways to build confidence.

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EPISODE #54 || Brandon Solis, Integrated Strategy Director at R/GA

EPISODE #54 || Brandon Solis, Integrated Strategy Director at R/GA

Brandon Solis, Integrated Strategy Director at R/GA, joins us to share learnings from his untraditional entry into advertising and rapid advancement in his career. Hear about hacking the education system and how his past experience in car insurance is valuable, applying self-reflection in order to learn quickly, the state of strategy roles, and dealing with imposter syndrome. 

*Since we recorded, Ellen has moved on to an exciting new venture of her own. Listen for the update at the end of the episode!

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EPISODE #52 || Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency

EPISODE #52 || Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency

Ellen Wong, Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency*, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her career as a female designer and leader. Hear about how she got her start designing rave flyers, the struggle to find work-life balance, finding her voice and being taken seriously as a female designer, and the best way to initiate and sustain relationships in your career. 

*Since we recorded, Ellen has moved on to an exciting new venture of her own. Listen for the update at the end of the episode!

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EPISODE #51 || Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter

EPISODE #51 || Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter

Patrick Buchanan, Creative Director and Copywriter, brings stories and learnings from his whirlwind career working at agencies all over the world. Hear about how this musician serendipitously found himself at Miami Ad School (where he later taught), the politics of big and small agencies, working internationally in countries like Hungary and Moscow, and his experience co-writing a Super Bowl spot for Chrysler with Bob Dylan. 

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EPISODE #49 || Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet

EPISODE #49 || Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet

Thas Naseemuddeen, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Omelet, brightens the podcast with her genuine love of what she does and useful takeaways from her career. Hear about the innate traits of strategists, one of the biggest conversations about talent development that no one is talking about, why brand positioning today is anything but "traditional," and the art and science of getting to an insight (without getting formulaic about it).

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EPISODE #48 || Erin Holcomb, Copywriter at Rodgers Townsend & Angela Bode, Art Director at Rodgers Townsend

EPISODE #48 || Erin Holcomb, Copywriter at Rodgers Townsend & Angela Bode, Art Director at Rodgers Townsend

Erin and Angela, creative team at Rodgers Townsend, reflect on how they got their starts (very differently!) and careers to date, including last year's Gold Cannes Young Lions win and trip to the festival. Hear about why there are no real missteps when navigating your career, how they get to their best ideas, their experience entering and winning a Gold Cannes Young Lions award, and why we shouldn't be afraid to start over. 

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