EPISODE #67 || Rachel Mercer, Executive Strategy Director at R/GA

EPISODE #67 || Rachel Mercer, Executive Strategy Director at R/GA

Rachel Mercer, Executive Strategy Director at R/GA, helps us see the bigger picture in our jobs and careers in this week's episode. Hear about how she handled rejection while getting her start, the importance of understanding what's going on in business (and the email newsletters she uses to do so), how to reach out to someone in the industry most effectively, the result of having the most diverse team at Deutsch, creating a structure for training strategists, and how to be your own best advocate.

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EPISODE #39 || Eli Altman, Creative Director at A Hundred Monkeys

EPISODE #39 || Eli Altman, Creative Director at A Hundred Monkeys

Eli joins us to talk about naming, branding, and running a creative studio. Hear about why naming is more complicated than you think, the importance of guiding someone through your creative process, what you should put in your portfolio, and why we should seek out weird shit as inspiration.

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EPISODE #38 || Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly

EPISODE #38 || Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly

Nika Rastakhiz, Strategy Director at Anomaly, shares especially insightful advice and her love of planning in a conversation about all thing strategy. Hear about her hypothesis on why strategy is especially hard to break into, why you don't necessarily need a strategy portfolio, qualities of stand-out interns she's worked with (who got hired!), the stigma surrounding LA and why she’s never worked harder in her career.

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EPISODE #30 || Leif Eng, Associate Brand Manager - Esports at Riot Games

EPISODE #30 || Leif Eng, Associate Brand Manager - Esports at Riot Games

Leif started his career when he joined Natalie's team as a Strategy Intern at Firstborn. A few years later, he's moved up and over to the brand side in the explosive world of gaming and Esports. Hear about the perception of advertising and what we actually make for clients, realizing there's no perfect answers in strategy, and how to leave an agency the right way.

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EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

Christof takes us behind the scenes of innovation strategy as a practice and profession that's closely tied to the work that brands and agencies do. Hear about why the “dull” industries are the ones that need the most help and yield the biggest impact, the best way to sell innovative ideas to clients, and building trust and landing the crazy cool briefs by leaning into the day-to-day serving of your clients—even the sometimes annoying stuff. He provides a ton of actual examples throughout, making this episode a great primer on the assignments and conversations happening within agencies. 

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EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

Julie worked with Natalie at the same agency when they were both really junior, and is now an Associate Creative Director at Droga5, pumping out award-winning work with her team (such as the, "Did You Mean...MailChimp?" campaign and the amazing New York Times "He Said, She Said" ad). Hear about adjusting your voice as a copywriter, learning from every agency you work at (even the ones where you have a bad experience), and why you shouldn’t feel pressure when you see where people you graduate with get a job.

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EPISODE #27 || Felix Ng, Co-Founder of Anonymous

EPISODE #27 || Felix Ng, Co-Founder of Anonymous

Felix fell into starting his own design studio 13 years ago, and has been figuring it out ever since. Hear his perspective on the importance of designers who read, translating what we do creatively into something that clients can understand, A Design Film Festival (started by Anonymous in 2010), and the creative explosion in Asia (specifically Shanghai and Bangkok).

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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 #12 || Jordan Schenck, Director of Marketing at Impossible Foods

EPISODE #12 || Jordan Schenck, Director of Marketing at Impossible Foods

Jordan spent 7 years in Strategy on the agency side at shops like Rokkan and Wieden + Kennedy before becoming Director of Marketing at Impossible Foods (you know the brand from its first product, the Impossible Burger). Hear how her agency experience prepared her for the world of marketing, her insight on how teams can be better partners to their clients, and why you should spend your 20s in NYC.

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EPISODE #8 || Michael Filippi, Senior Strategist & Project Lead at SRG

EPISODE #8 || Michael Filippi, Senior Strategist & Project Lead at SRG

Michael's career path took him from the left-brained world of management consulting to creative brand strategy and innovation, which allows him to flex both sides. Hear about his approach to uncovering strong consumer insights, the best ways to sell innovation to clients, and how to build strong client relationships, even as a junior—all while working slightly outside the traditional advertising agency model. 

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