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 #88 || Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb

EPISODE #88 || Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb

Hwanghah Jeong, Experience Designer at Airbnb, brings early lessons from her career, a desire to give back, and wisdom beyond her years. Hear about how she ended up at her dream company, deciding between taking an internship vs. a full-time job, advice on getting feedback on your portfolio, learning to be vulnerable and asking for help, and how she’s working on building confidence as a young designer.

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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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BONUS || Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly

BONUS || Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly

Recorded at our event, The Job Search Struggle is Real: Breaking Into Advertising, we got super specific and tactical with Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly. We talked about what to include (and not include) on your resume/portfolio, building industry connections online and in-person at recruiting fairs, the ingredients of a stand-out interview, how to follow up with a recruiter, and more. 

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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 #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

EPISODE #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

Meaghan gives us a peek behind the recruiting curtain, helping us understand what she actually looks for when searching for high quality talent. Hear her super specific resume and portfolio tips, how to make a good impression during an interview, her mantra of ABR (Always Be Recruiting) and what that means for talent, and why just applying to a job application online usually won't cut it.

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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 #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 #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 #7 || Mariam Guessous, Creative Director & Creative Entrepreneur

EPISODE #7 || Mariam Guessous, Creative Director & Creative Entrepreneur

Mariam Guessous is a Creative Director who recently left her agency job to create her own vision and help bring positive change to the industry. She manages to tell it like it is—even sharing the lowest point in her career—while still being full of encouraging, self-affirming advice. Hear why sucking as a junior is okay, how to prevent burnout, and how to know when to leave the agency world.

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