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.Read More
Mackenzie Walen, Management Supervisor at Opinionated, is here to help you make those big, important decisions in your career. Hear about how her background in design benefits her current role in account management, making the most of an informational interview, why you should consider working abroad and how to go about it, how to decide between small vs. big agencies, and dealing with the tension between needing to lead with authority and being very junior.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More