How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
It varies, but most mornings I get up and figure out what I’ll be wearing for the day. If there’s any extra time in the morning to make a good breakfast, I’ll do that, but if not, I’ve got oatmeal and grits (I’m from the south y’all) at my desk I can make.
From where I live, I take a 123 train to 50th street or 42nd then walk the rest of the way, even when it’s snowing or raining (I walk fast, almost too fast for my own good). Once I get in, I take a few minutes to get my day together, get settled, check a few emails and organize my to-do list.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Plan ahead, seriously. You never know what could happen, and if your train is delayed, it’s better to have ample time than having to run to the office. Also, get a pair of amazing (and comfortable) walking shoes, because you never know when you'll have to walk a few avenues.
What is your go-to work outfit?
I find myself wearing more pants and dark colors in the winter because it’s hassle free, but I try to incorporate some color into my outfits when I can. In the spring and summer, I usually wear more colors, as well as dresses and skirts. Most of the time, I switch up my shoe game because I love shoes! In my opinion, there is no shoe that is too much; it all depends on your outfit!
What is something you always have at your desk?
Snacks, it’s always good to have snacks around. But recently, I’ve been trying to drink a liter of water a day, so I’ve got a jug of water with me Monday to Friday now.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
Anywhere where natural light comes in, because I love how warm it makes the office feel. Also the roof (when the weather is nice).
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Listening to some music, especially on Fridays, taking a break to chat with fellow Associates, or even treating myself to a sweet snack or two helps me get through a challenging day. I always try to reward myself in little ways so I don’t feel overwhelmed.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I’ve been able to make several cumulative audit decks, do some community management as well as several general account management tasks. The coolest part of this rotation is getting to see how all of the different departments – creative, strategy, production, etc. – all come together to make a campaign come to life.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
Since the new year started, I’ve been trying to cook more at home and bring my lunch. If I forget, I’ll run down to the Café or head over to Sunrise Market Place.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Take one day at a time! Sometimes the pressure of wanting to meet and excel expectations can be daunting, especially when you want to make the best impression possible. Don’t lose the confidence and fire that got you here, but also don’t feel like you have to be running around like a crazy person. This program gives you an entire year to explore and learn about so many different things – enjoy each day!
How do you break up your work day?
I feel like with this rotation, each day is different. We’re constantly on the move, so I feel like by switching up the meeting rooms, heading down to the production studios or even just running up to the 11th floor to chat with the creative teams keeps every day different and full!
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Majority of the Associates have mentioned that it’s the people that make Ogilvy so great, and it truly is. Getting to work with people who have original and unique personalities makes every day so exciting.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I am involved in Black Diaspora (BD), Women’s Leadership Professional Network (WLPN), and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). I’ve been getting more involved in BD, and I really enjoy all of the programming that was done for Black History Month, especially because I was able to attend several events with my roommates (one of them is a current Associate).
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
All of the places in NYC I really love aren’t near work – they are closer to the apartment, or farther downtown – so I guess my default would be Sunrise Market Place, because the food is super good, inexpensive and right around the block from work. But if you love coffee, check out the Jolly Goat! It has a killer macchiato, and the hot chocolate is good too for the non-caffeine drinkers.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
Honestly, just by unplugging from the world. I feel like I’m on my work phone and laptop all day, so I like to veg out without technology for a while. I’ll usually take that time to cook dinner, clean my room or chat with my roommates.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Eat! I love exploring good restaurants and pastry shops. There’s nothing better than finding that hidden gem in a city so big, especially when the food out here is so good!
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
Considering the iconic history, legacy and how large the agency is, I love learning about how Ogilvy is keeping up with the trends and changes of the advertising industry. Ogilvy is, and has always been, striving toward improving across all aspects, in order to give the best results to its clients. It’s empowering at how seamless the idea of adapting to change feels here, and it's a nice reminder that change is necessary, especially in this digital era.
If you get to leave the office early…
It’s rare, but when it happens, I love to go home and unwind. Now that I’m cooking more at home, I love to research new recipes and experiment!
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
If you frequently buy lunch from the Café, it’s beneficial to be a member of the loyalty program!