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 #76 || Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift

EPISODE #76 || Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift

Kate McElroy, Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Swift, shows us the beauty in knowing there's not one right answer or one way to do things. Hear about the pressure for strategists to have all the answers, why there's no manual for putting together a creative brief, the evolution of social media, and how to get the most out of a mentor relationship (pulled from her involvement in Swift's For The Women program).

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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 #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

EPISODE #42 || Aliya Marder, Associate Director at Philosophie

Aliya tells us everything we need to know about getting started in UX and product design. Hear about her transition from the wine industry to UX, the hard and soft skills needed to be a product designer, specific resources (including blogs, courses, and communities) for those starting out, and her advice on the biggest hurdles that junior designers face—including building your portfolio from scratch and finding mentors.

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EPISODE #33 || Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at New Honor Society

EPISODE #33 || Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at New Honor Society

Heidi Singleton, Chief Creative Officer at female-led New Honor Society, brings the agency's ethos of "Less Sell, More Soul" to life in this week's episode. Hear about how to differentiate your portfolio, things that tell her a candidate is a good hire, tips on making your voice heard in rooms full of strong ones, and the importance of defining what success looks like in your career.

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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 #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

EPISODE #11 || Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic Singapore

Pann Lim is a giant name in the Singapore design/advertising world, though you'd never know it by talking to him. One of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met, his advice is both thoughtful and thought-provoking for students and future leaders. Hear how he defines success, how he differentiated his student portfolio, and his secret to finding the time to lead an agency and form an art collective with his family. You don't want to miss this one.

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EPISODE #9 || Adu, Associate Creative Director of Digital & Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising

EPISODE #9 || Adu, Associate Creative Director of Digital & Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising

Adu is what you'd call a creative chameleon. He's applied his interests and skills in visual art, videography, social, teaching and art direction to a variety of roles along his career path to feed his continuous desire to grow. Hear about culture fits, keeping your creative momentum, and how to engage others when networking.

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