How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I wake up in the morning and smile ear to ear thinking about all the things I’m going to learn and friends I’m going to make. I’m so overwhelmed with happiness that I have to sing, and all the little forest creatures come and help me get dressed. Mostly it’s just the pigeons and rats, but I believe all creatures are deserving of love.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Commuting in New York is like the past four Transformers movies: awful and full of scary cars. My tip is to try not to take the MTA delays too-personally, like the subway isn’t late just because it wants to make you mad. Maybe it’s having a bad time at home with it’s train husband and train children! Did you ever think about that? Always be empathetic.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Jeans, an ill-fitting t-shirt/sweater, and self confidence.
What is something you always have at your desk?
A stack of printer paper to elevate my computer so I don’t get neck pain.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
So there’s this small room on the ninth floor with purple chairs that I call the “purple room.” It’s the most coveted room in all of Ogilvy. People will squat in this room for HOURS. Someone is always in this room. I have to admit I don’t really understand the hype. I mean it’s a cool place to chill but I think the reason I want to sit in that room so bad is because EVERYONE wants to be in the purple room. It’s a status symbol.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Knowing that I’m learning so much from my job and that I’ve made so many friends through this program.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I’ve been working on a big data analysis project for a social campaign and a few smaller tech-based projects that use artificial intelligence.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I always pack my own lunch. Adulting.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Don’t be afraid to speak up with opinions you have and your interests. People actually want to hear what you have to say. And that my fly was down.
How do you break up your work day?
It’s not you, it’s me. I just think we need some space.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
The people, duh! Everyone is really collaborative, and it’s not a competitive environment.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
Yes, I’m involved in YPN (Young Professionals Network). I really like that they are the culture creators of Ogilvy. It’s awesome that young people can be involved in shaping the future of a company.
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I’m a big fan of Ample Hills, which is a local ice cream chain in New York. Our Ample Hills location in Gotham Market always has great flavors. I really like to make my own ice cream, but I couldn’t bring my ice cream maker with me to New York, so I settle for Ample Hills! Pure Thai Cookhouse on 9th Ave also has fantastic Pad Thai.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I like to unwind by walking home and listening to music. My walk to the subway takes me through the quietest, most tranquil part of New York: Times Square. After my relaxing stroll home I kick off my shoes and watch TV with my roommates and cook dinner. I’ve been really into cooking Israeli food so that’s been fun.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I like to see improv shows, go dancing, wait at karaoke bars for 2 hours until my song is played, and suck helium out of large balloons and blow it back into smaller balloons who need it more.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
It was founded by David Ogilvy.
If you get to leave the office early…
I would go home and take a run in Central Park. It’s my favorite part of New York City, and always reminds me that there’s more to life than concrete, steel, and an anonymous puddle of vomit on the sidewalk.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
This place used to be called Ogilvy and Mather.