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 #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 #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 #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 #70 || Amy Rangel, Director of Human Resources at RAPP

EPISODE #70 || Amy Rangel, Director of Human Resources at RAPP

Amy Rangel, Director of Human Resources at RAPP, gives us a look into the perceptions and realities of HR. Hear about the state of HR in the industry today, how to get the most out of your relationship with HR, how her identity as a queer woman of color has shaped her career, how she's applying takeaways from ADCOLOR to her D&I work at RAPP, and understanding your own strengths.

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EPISODE #69 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part II

EPISODE #69 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part II

Speakers Jen Ostrich, President and Founder of Ostrich Coaching & Consulting, and Gary J. Nix, Founder and Chief Strategist at the BRANDarchist, Adjunct Professor, and Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, join us at the 3% Conference to drop gems from their talks. Hear about understanding your strengths, how to ask your manager for the right kind of feedback, understanding an agency’s reputation and the options available to you in the industry, and how to maintain hope and drive in your career.

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EPISODE #68 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part I

EPISODE #68 || Live From The 3% Conference, Part I

Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Interpublic Group, and Nick Childs, Chief Creative Officer, most recently at IPG Mediabrands, sat down with us at the 3% Conference to discuss how the most pressing issues the industry faces are applicable to the beginning of your career. Hear about how to get a sense of an agency’s D&I practices, advocating for yourself, how to be an ally to all underrepresented voices, and more.

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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 #66 || Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter

EPISODE #66 || Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter

Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter, brings stories, learnings, and vision from his highly-awarded career working with some of the world's biggest brands. Hear about how being asked to create a Christmas card for (then CCO and Chairman of BBDO) Phil Dusenberry's dog taught him a lesson about being a great creative, his enormous goal for making Brandcenter more accessible to students and diversifying the pipeline to the industry, what the industry should know about the next generation of advertising, and why you shouldn't "fake it 'til you make it".

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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 #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 #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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