Leo Wong brings his A, D & I game (see what I did there?) to Episode #20. Hear about how to overcome common intern hurdles, why you should pull the newbie card to get time with the leaders of your agency, and how to have conversations about Diversity & Inclusion as junior talent.
Heads up: Droga5 is a busy place, so you'll hear a little foot traffic in the background. Also, I'll be at CES in early January, and am setting up podcast interviews and other meetings, so let me know if you'll be there!
- How he found his way from Creative to Account Management.
- Overcoming common intern hurdles including the on-boarding adjustment period and making the most of your downtime as an intern.
- Being proactive while transitioning from intern to full-time.
- The best way for other teams to work with Account Management.
- Tips for new managers on giving feedback to other people.
- Why you should pull the newbie card to get time with the leaders of your agency.
- A healthy list of Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and organizations for you to get involved in.
- How to promote D&I within your agency as junior talent.
“The way I think about account management is like a bike wheel. There’s a hub in the middle, which is account management. And there are all the spokes that go out to the tire, and those are all the various constituents, whether it’s internal—project management, creative, production, strategy—and then the external—partner agencies, media, PR, sports marketing, and obviously our clients. I think the best way to work is when everything feeds through us at some point, because someone probably needs to know something that someone else is telling us.”
“I would encourage people to pull the newbie card and use it to your advantage, and try to get time with these leaders of your organization. Because that’s a missed opportunity if you don’t. And that’s what the leaders like to continue to do because it gives them a moment to reflect on how the agency’s grown and bring back that human element. So everyone listening, definitely take that chance and reach out to people who you don’t think you have the right to [contact]—but you really do! Because they’re people as well and they love to have these conversations.”
“If you see something happening in a meeting that doesn’t feel right, say something. I know it’s hard when you’re green, because you don’t want to feel like you stepped out of line. But if you don’t want to say it in the meeting, pull your manager aside and say, ‘Hey, this was a little weird to me. What do you think?’ At least have the conversation. It never helps if you internalize these things. I think it only makes the workplace more inclusive and the environment better if you have these conversations.”
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Leo Wong is currently an Account Manager at creative agency, Droga5, in New York.
He is an alum of Syracuse University (2014) the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP, 2013), AAF's Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS, 2014), and ADCOLOR Futures (2013). He was also recently named as one of the 4A's "100 People Who Make Advertising Great.”
In addition to creating influential campaigns for brands like Google Pixel, Dos Equis, and Scion, he spearheads efforts for the Droga5's D+iQ, an internal task force focused on diversity and inclusion programming and partnerships.
He currently serves on Syracuse University’s Generation Orange Leadership Council, the 4A's High School Steering Committee, and is the Co-Chair of the MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council.