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 #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 #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 #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 #73 || Julie Lubbers, Brand Strategist at Droga5

EPISODE #73 || Julie Lubbers, Brand Strategist at Droga5

Julie Lubbers, Brand Strategist at Droga5, brings her unique perspective as young, female, and foreign talent to the podcast. Hear about tips for reaching out for informational interviews (the way Julie did to land at Droga5!), how her identity as a woman and a foreigner has influenced the way she presents herself, learning to sit at the table, her honest take on the visa process, and her approach to being a leader at any level.

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EPISODE #72 || Seth Feingersh, Audio Engineer for GaryVee

EPISODE #72 || Seth Feingersh, Audio Engineer for GaryVee

Seth Feingersh, Audio Engineer for GaryVee, breaks down the world of content creation from his experience producing Gary Vaynerchuk’s daily podcast, The GaryVee Audio Experience, and assisting with client projects at VaynerMedia. Hear about his decision to take an "adult internship," learning how to tell stories through audio, branded content and applying content best practices to your own personal brand, and his advice for starting a podcast. 

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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 #34 || Carolina Treviño, Digital Producer at the Ad Council

EPISODE #34 || Carolina Treviño, Digital Producer at the Ad Council

Carolina went from studying art direction to working in digital production at the Ad Council, helping to bring campaigns like Love Has No Labels and Seize The Awkward to life. Hear about the hard and soft skills needed to work in digital production, tips on managing multiple projects at once, and her super inspirational realization that we shouldn't constrain ourselves or our dreams while in college.

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EPISODE #32 || Bennett Bennett, Staff Writer at The Drum

EPISODE #32 || Bennett Bennett, Staff Writer at The Drum

Bennett digs deep, pulling from his experience coming up as a creative of color in NYC, working as a copywriter, and his bird's eye view from covering the industry as a Staff Writer at The Drum. Hear about how volunteering got him into some of the biggest conferences and events, making sure your employer is as invested in you as you are in them, and the lack of middle management of color—and what it means for jr. talent.

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EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

Sharon Panelo and Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy, bring their boss selves and years of experience to the podcast. Hear about creating your own opportunities, building good habits to avoid burnout (while still working your ass of as junior talent), new ways of working, and the importance of communities in your career. Bonus: why their agency is named after Ellen Ripley from Alien (how awesome is that??).

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EPISODE #21 || Kristen Corbisiero, Integrated Media Planning Manager at Wavemaker (formerly MEC)

EPISODE #21 || Kristen Corbisiero, Integrated Media Planning Manager at Wavemaker (formerly MEC)

Kristen opens up and passes on insightful wisdom well beyond her years in the industry. Hear about why we should kill the word "networking," how she's risen quickly within her team, and her theory on why being open with your coworkers about what’s going on outside of work helps with work-life balance.

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EPISODE #19 || Lalita Salgaokar, Senior Copywriter, Journalist at Campaign US, and Teacher at Miami Ad School

EPISODE #19 || Lalita Salgaokar, Senior Copywriter, Journalist at Campaign US, and Teacher at Miami Ad School

Lalita's trifecta of titles means she's chock full of useful advice to share from her unique perspective. Hear about how to vent your frustrations while avoiding the negativity swirl, the importance of a Fuck Off Fund, and what it's like being a contributing writer to some of the industry's biggest trades (and how you can be one too!). 

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EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

Brian gives us a look into the world of new business in an interview recorded during our NYC trip. Hear about his career shift from investment banking, why relationships and timing are everything, and the best pitch techniques he's picked up over the years. You'll find that there are a lot of parallels between winning new business and landing a job!

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