How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I achieve very little in the morning. For me it’s a time to gather thoughts and zone-out before switching on.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
New York is ostensibly a city of taste and class. The subway embodies neither. In this town, sharp elbows and egos do well above and below ground.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Business-casual with the emphasis on business: a no-nonsense collared shirt, suit pants, sneakers. Sometimes, if I’m feeling wild, I’ll wear a gray or navy sweater.
What is something you always have at your desk?
A wide array of standard issue items, from pens and pencils to books and stationery. Or as they’re more commonly known, a MacBook Pro.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
Conference rooms facing west across the Hudson. The view of Jersey in all its glory is simply breathtaking.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Client needs and client deadlines.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
IBM is one of Ogilvy’s oldest and biggest clients. We do a lot for them, so every day brings me in to contact with new people and departments. But, my main area of operation so far has been on the performance marketing team—think day-to-day marketing versus long-term brand strategy—working with IBM across their government and consumer endeavors. My work has ranged from coordinating and supervising the production of a film for Mobile World Congress in Q1 of 2019, to marrying strategy and creative to drive potential IBM customers towards a digital transformation workshop. This is all to say that account managers are advertising chameleons.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I normally eat something simple and quick. Fortunately, although I’m not sure for whom, the liquid lunch is a thing of the past in advertising.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Live every day like it’s your last and someday you’ll be right.
How do you break up your work day?
Keeping up with the news here and there is a good way to stay dialed in. It’s an even better reminder that life Monday through Friday isn’t just confined to happenings inside The Chocolate Factory.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
The people and the professionalism. Every one my colleagues is smarter than I am and better at what they do—they are the benchmark for excellence which I aspire to meet.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
Not yet, but I plan to be. I’ve only heard good things.
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
Pocket Bar offers aromatic wines and delectable bites in an intimate space, perfect for a post-work catch-up. Four out of five stars.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I like to read something that exists in physical form, maybe a newspaper or magazine. Then, because I’m only human, I watch TV.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Concerts and dinners are my wheelhouse. In close second are walks through the city at dusk, especially my neighborhood, Chelsea.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
I am as unqualified now as David Ogilvy was when he founded this company in 1948.
If you get to leave the office early…
I plead the fifth.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
Advertising is an art, not a science. As such, it never always works but never completely fails.