EPISODE #93 || Jeff MacDonald, Experience Design Lead at Epic Signal at Mekanism

EPISODE #93 || Jeff MacDonald, Experience Design Lead at Epic Signal at Mekanism

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.

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EPISODE #92 || Courtney Jones, New Business Manager at 22squared

EPISODE #92 || Courtney Jones, New Business Manager at 22squared

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.

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EPISODE #91 || Max Slonim, Senior Strategist at Initiative

EPISODE #91 || Max Slonim, Senior Strategist at Initiative

Max Slonim, Senior Strategist at Initiative, is here to help us understand the state of strategy today. Hear about why having a mentor in a different discipline is beneficial, the experience of working in strategy at a media agency (and why you shouldn't write it off!), strategy portfolios, why LinkedIn is the professional equivalent of Instagram, and what being an advocate for diversity has to do with empathy.

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EPISODE #90 || VCU Brandcenter Alumni, made possible by 22squared

EPISODE #90 || VCU Brandcenter Alumni, made possible by 22squared

In this special episode recorded at the VCU Brandcenter Recruiter Session, we sat down with three Brandcenter alumni—Lizzy Hopkinson (2017), Copywriter, Nitin Dua (2016), Senior Strategist at Fallon, and Brandon Viney (2012), Creative Lead at Google Brand Studio—to talk about the start of their careers, early lessons they learned, and their best advice for graduating seniors.

Huge thank you to our friends at 22squared, who helped make this trip and episode possible!

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EPISODE #89 || Alexa DePasquale, SVP of Innovation at Grey Group

EPISODE #89 || Alexa DePasquale, SVP of Innovation at Grey Group

Alexa DePasquale, SVP of Innovation at Grey Group, shows us how shifting your mindset to one of abundance and gratitude, and health and fitness can have huge impacts on your career. Hear about embracing the fact that your career won’t be a linear process, why networking is an ongoing practice, specific resources she uses to stay on top of innovation, how health and fitness affect your confidence, and why EQ is so important for leaders to have.

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EPISODE #88 || Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb

EPISODE #88 || Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb

Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb, brings early lessons from her career, a desire to give back, and wisdom beyond her years. Hear about how she ended up at her dream company, deciding between taking an internship vs. a full-time job, advice on getting feedback on your portfolio, learning to be vulnerable and asking for help, and how she’s working on building confidence as a young designer.

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EPISODE #87 || Carren O'Keefe + Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk

EPISODE #87 || Carren O'Keefe + Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk

Carren O’Keefe and Jim Wood, Partners & Executive Creative Directors at AnalogFolk, share advice from careers full of building self-awareness, navigating fear, and partnership. Hear about learning from fear, deciding what kind of creative you want to be, how they function as Co-ECDs out of AF’s Portland and New York offices, how the industry is evolving and why we need to preserve space for thinking and creative ideas, and your mindset when you’re the only one like you in the room.

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EPISODE #86 || Alex Nguyen, Strategy Director at McCann NY

EPISODE #86 || Alex Nguyen, Strategy Director at McCann NY

Alex Nguyen, Strategy Director at McCann NY, brings learnings from half a career spent working in Vietnam, a shift from creative to strategy, and figuring out how to advocate for himself as talent of color. Hear about why we should continue to build relationships with agencies that pass on us, returning to NYC without any professional contacts, what he includes in his portfolio, and using diversity and inclusion as a lens when assessing potential agencies.

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EPISODE #85 || Jessica Kassel, Head of Recruiting at Heat

EPISODE #85 || Jessica Kassel, Head of Recruiting at Heat

Jessica Kassel, Head of Recruiting at Heat, gives you an inside look at what the other side of the application process is thinking. Hear about her approach to finding great talent and why we shouldn’t be looking for an “X” factor, interview missteps she sees, how we should think about and bounce back from negative experiences in our career, and why you should take the relationship you have with recruiters into your own hands.

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EPISODE #83 || Jose-Guillermo Diaz, Co-Founder and Director of Miami Ad School Punta Cana

EPISODE #83 || Jose-Guillermo Diaz, Co-Founder and Director of Miami Ad School Punta Cana

Jose-Guillermo Diaz, Co-Founder and Director of Miami Ad School Punta Cana, joins us to talk about building an ad program that creates global creative talent in the Central American and Caribbean region. Hear about transitioning from editorial design in publishing to being a creative in advertising, why he began teaching over 19 years ago and how ad students have changed over the years, the goal of Miami Ad School Punta Cana and how the program differs from other campuses, and how to position yourself as international talent. 

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EPISODE #82 || Alice Franklin, Strategy Intern at BBH London

EPISODE #82 || Alice Franklin, Strategy Intern at BBH London

Alice Franklin, Strategy Intern at BBH London, shares her story of starting her career as neurodiverse talent. Hear about how her Tourette's and Asperger’s caused years of struggle in her job search before she interviewed (after applying a second time!) at BBH, the challenges that arise in the office, how being autistic makes her a killer strategist, and how the agency world can make interviews and office spaces more inclusive to those who process information differently. 

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EPISODE #81 || Nneka Carrie Ude, Director of Strategic Planning at Geometry Global

EPISODE #81 || Nneka Carrie Ude, Director of Strategic Planning at Geometry Global

Nneka Carrie Ude, Director of Strategic Planning at Geometry Global, joins us to talk about non-linear career paths, being a trend investigator, and founding a media startup. Hear about keeping herself adaptive at the beginning of her career, how she identifies trends that matter and the sources she uses to broaden her worldview, what shopper marketing entails, and her media startup and digital community, Welcome to THE PATH, which focuses on the intersection of people, business and culture, particularly within the African diaspora. 

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EPISODE #80 || Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument

EPISODE #80 || Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument

Alicia Buford, Associate Design Director at Instrument, speaks her truth about her winding career path (with stops of frog and SapientNitro) and her struggles with Portland. Hear about why she might not get a master's degree if she could go back and do it again, being active and mindful about the type of education you're receiving, being bullied by an ECD early in her career, and the reality of being talent of color in a city that isn't known for being diverse. 

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EPISODE #79 || Jessica McGlory, Director of Paid Social Media Marketing at Bombas

EPISODE #79 || Jessica McGlory, Director of Paid Social Media Marketing at Bombas

Jessica McGlory, Director of Paid Social Media Marketing at Bombas, is an award-winning paid social evangelist and data enthusiast who gives fantastic advice. Hear about what she did that contributed to her rapid rise, how to think about awards and recognition, why your work has impact (no matter where you work), the story of her very public coming out on the ADCOLOR stage, and being an openly gay black woman in the industry.

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EPISODE #78 || Kat Gabrielle, CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work

EPISODE #78 || Kat Gabrielle, CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work

Kat Gabrielle, CEO & Co-Founder of 2050Work, isn't afraid to speak openly about the challenges she's faced in her career, while providing actionable advice and solutions for the industry. Hear about having nine odd jobs her first year in NYC, why Operations roles in creative companies are misunderstood, how 2050Work connects diverse talent with the creative and tech industries, her experience being the only black person at every company she's worked at for the past 10 years, and throwing imposter syndrome out the window. 

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EPISODE #77 || Lisa Balser, Creative Director, Certified Diversity Executive, and Director of SheSays Atlanta

EPISODE #77 || Lisa Balser, Creative Director, Certified Diversity Executive, and Director of SheSays Atlanta

Lisa Balser, Creative Director, Certified Diversity Executive, and Director of SheSays Atlanta, is working to help tackle some of the industry’s most pressing issues. Hear the best advice she gives to her Creative Circus students, including everyone in conversations about diversity, inclusion, and equity, finding ways to make portfolio school more accessible to students, the Atlanta ad scene, and why the 3% Super Bowl Tweet-up is important (and why it’s not just for women!).

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EPISODE #76 || Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift

EPISODE #76 || Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift

Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift, shows us the beauty in knowing there's not one right answer or one way to do things. Hear about the pressure for strategists to have all the answers, why there's no manual for putting together a creative brief, the evolution of social media, and how to get the most out of a mentor relationship (pulled from her involvement in Swift's For The Women program).

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EPISODE #75 || Kevin Green, Creative Director at RAPP

EPISODE #75 || Kevin Green, Creative Director at RAPP

Kevin Green, Creative Director at RAPP, shares his inspirational career path, practical advice for asking for what you need, and how he gives back via the Marcus Graham Project. Hear about how he turned his internship into a full-time job, becoming a Creative Director at 30 and how to accelerate your own growth, co-running the day-to-day operations at the Marcus Graham Project, and his advice for those who feel beat down by the industry. 

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EPISODE #74 || Bekah Nutt, UX Lead at Zambezi

EPISODE #74 || Bekah Nutt, UX Lead at Zambezi

We're starting off 2019 with Bekah Nutt, UX Lead at Zambezi! Hear about how her experience in musical theater (she performed in over 900 performances of Mamma Mia!) has been useful to her agency career, advice for those wanting to switch teams within their agency, a breakdown of what UX entails and the opportunities within the industry, how creatives and strategists can use UX in their own work flows, and why it's important for you to understand an agency's parental leave policy (even if you're not a parent).

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