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The We Are Next Podcast
44 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Ep 149: Amber Hahn, VP, Head of Strategy at Madwell & Mary Ergul, Strategist at Madwell
Amber Hahn, VP, Head of Strategy at Madwell and Mary Ergul, Strategist at Madwell show us the importance of finding a leader and team who will support your growth. Hear about not feeling guilty about leaving a job with a lot of perks, why it’s totally okay to be completely different from your boss, questions to ask in your interview to make sure your manager will have your back, and how to make a good impression when starting an internship or new job virtually.
41 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Ep 148: Alex Cuevas, Director of Talent & Recruitment at DDB New York
Alex Cuevas, Director of Talent & Recruitment at DDB New York, gives you the tools to land a job in the new year. Hear about how to shift your job search approach, tips on interviewing virtually, how to craft questions that make a great impression at your interview, and how and when to have the conversation with your manager about moving up.
8 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
MINISODE: End of Year Heart-to-Heart with Natalie
Sit down for an end of year heart-to-heart with Natalie Kim, Founder of We Are Next. Hear about what she’s been struggling with recently and tactics to help overcome them if you’re in a similar boat, what’s coming in 2021 on We Are Next, and a reminder to take a break this holiday season.
44 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Ep 147: Sara Anhorn, EVP, Talent at Critical Mass
Sara Anhorn, EVP, Talent at Critical Mass, provides guidance and some much needed reassurance for those looking for a job. Hear about what’s kept her at Critical Mass for the past 20 years (she’s worked in three offices and three different disciplines), the difference between a digital experience agency and a creative agency, what she looks for in candidates these days, and OpenBook, a new resource by Critical Mass for emerging talent.
43 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Ep 146: Katie Ramp, Director of Talent & Operations at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER
Katie Ramp, Director of Talent & Operations at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, helps you get the most out of your relationship with your talent team. Hear about her advice on how to switch roles within an agency, questions to ask in your interview to figure out if an agency will take care of you, tips on getting comfortable speaking up in virtual meetings, and why agencies need to diversity their talent/HR roles.
36 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Ep 145: Carla Eboli, Executive Vice President of Multicultural at EnergyBBDO
Carla Eboli, Executive Vice President of Multicultural at EnergyBBDO, joins guest host Leo Wong to talk about what it means to work in multicultural advertising, embracing your accent, and lessons she’s learned about leadership. Hear about tips for finding the right environment for your next job, whether you should apply to multicultural agencies if you don’t have a multicultural background, and how junior talent can be leaders on their teams.
41 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Ep 144: Mark Allen, Owner of RedCape and Senior Lecturer at SMU
Mark Allen, Owner of RedCape and Senior Lecturer at SMU, doesn’t want to see young talent burn out early in their careers. Hear about how to make your portfolio stand out to potential employers, making sure your hobbies and side hustles are authentic, and choosing which brands to make spec work for, becoming aware of your own boundaries, skills that all young creatives should develop, and how students can make the most out of their relationships with their professors.
31 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Ep 143: Ro Kalonaros, Global Content & Culture at Omnicom
Ro Kalonaros, Global Content & Culture at Omnicom, will give you the encouraging push and confidence you’ve been looking for. Hear about how to be an effective communicator with people at all levels, identifying both micro-opportunities to set yourself up for success and micro-aggressions you make against yourself, and why it’s more effective to focus on who you are than what you want to do professionally.
47 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Ep 142: Carl Desir, Global Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at R/GA
Carl Desir, Global Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at R/GA, is tackling the roots of systemic racism and oppression in the industry. Hear about the individual awareness and action we can all take, thinking about what kind of company you want to work for, advice on starting a passion project to help the cause, and the role the pandemic has played in making this a window of opportunity for the industry to change for the better.
38 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Ep 141: Marinda McKenzie Cummings & Tessa Kohler, Associate Planners at VMLY&R
Marinda McKenzie Cummings & Tessa Kohler, Associate Planners at VMLY&R, give us a look into working in experience strategy and starting your career in the Midwest. Hear about what their work entails, advice on receiving feedback as a junior, relocating to Kansas City for their first jobs, and diversifying your network and perspective.
41 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Ep 140: Carolina Cruz-Letelier, Director for Client Services and Partner at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER
Carolina Cruz-Letelier, Director for Client Services and Partner at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, champions small agency life, leading with kindness, and listening to what your coworkers need in 2020. Hear about being the youngest female Partner and what led to her rise, building a strong relationship with your manager, how agencies should be taking care of its people in 2020, and going back to fundamentals to prove your value while working from home.
35 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Ep 139: Jesse Meza, Digital Media Supervisor
Jesse Meza, Digital Media Supervisor, encourages you to be true to yourself—in your interviews, when dealing with other people’s biases, and as you move through your career. Hear about why it was still difficult to land his first job despite all his credentials, how to keep your media skills sharp, how to set yourself up for a promotion, and choosing when to act vs. when to preserve your own energy.
46 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Ep 138: Saneel Radia, Global Chief Innovation Officer at R/GA
Saneel Radia, Global Chief Innovation Officer at R/GA, gives you a blueprint for starting your career and a look at what it means to work in innovation in the industry. Hear about his many roles and how each was additive to his career, why business needs both those who are and who aren’t entrepreneurial, the steps to getting started in innovation, and the variables that will define your career early on.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Ep 137: Christena Pyle, Executive Director of Advertising at TIME'S UP
Christena Pyle, Executive Director of Advertising at TIME'S UP, shows us the power of changing your definition of success in your career. Hear about her journey working in account management and production agency-side, to ADCOLOR, to TIME’S UP, the value of trying on different roles, and how young talent can be an allies and create inclusive spaces. While recorded at the end of 2019, her advice is even more important and critical today.
35 minutes | May 26, 2020
Ep 136: Bea Iturregui, VP of Brand Partnerships at Cycle
Bea Iturregui, VP of Brand Partnerships at Cycle, guides us into the ever-evolving world of influencer marketing. Hear about tools she uses to keep up with what’s changing across the space, lessons she’s learned on relationship building (and why you don’t need to be an extrovert to do so), why brands are turning to influencers now more than ever, and how to prove you have what it takes without that internship you thought you’d have.
36 minutes | May 19, 2020
Ep 135: Matt Dunn, Art Director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Matt Dunn, Art Director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, joins us to inspire your next creative side hustle. Hear about how stealing a brief from the printer at his internship led to winning a Coca-Cola pitch, his first creative side hustle and how it’s shaped his career, the ingredients of a good creative side project, and why it’s even more important to stay connected with past colleagues during this time.
45 minutes | May 5, 2020
Ep 134: Angela Brown, Senior Social Strategist at GSD&M
Angela Brown, Senior Social Strategist at GSD&M, helps us understand Covid-19’s effect on social media, brands, and our individual paths. Hear about how Covid-19 has changed her role, examples of brands that responded well (and others that didn’t) and the lasting effect of Covid-19 will have on brands, behind-the-scenes of the infamous tweet that started the Popeye’s/Chik-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich War, and dealing with the reality of a pivot from a practical and emotional perspective.
19 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Ep 133: Natalie Answers Questions from the Virtual Recruiter Roundtables
Natalie sits down to give her advice on starting your career amidst Covid-19, and answers some unanswered questions from the Q&A portion of the Virtual Recruiter Roundtables. RSVP to the third and final Roundtable.
40 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Ep 132: Gina Asaro-Collura, SVP/Creative Director at FCB Health & Adjunct Professor at FIT
Gina Asaro-Collura, SVP/Creative Director at FCB Health & Adjunct Professor at FIT, shares her best tips for freelancing, virtual networking and interviews, and working your connections. Hear about getting fired and entering the world of freelance, the benefits of working freelance for six and a half years, advice on virtual networking and pointers for phone or virtual interviews, and pitching her full-time role at FCB Health after freelancing there.
46 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Ep 131: Aaron Wiggan, Director of Brand Strategy at REI
Aaron Wiggan, Director of Brand Strategy at REI, shares lessons on mentorship and leadership from his career on both the agency and brand side. Hear about how his undergraduate studies in post-colonial theory, English, and forestry played a role in shaping him as a strategist, the similarities and differences of the markets he’s worked in, learning to let go of the work as a senior leader, and understanding the challenges of being a client after moving to the brand side.
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