How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I have recently started going to the gym before work, which is nothing short of a miracle for someone who struggles to wake up any time before 9AM. It gives me energy for the day ahead, and frees up my evenings. I take the L (Chicago’s metro) to work, and like to listen to different albums while I’m commuting. On the days that I’m lucky enough to snag a seat on the train, I’ll read on my way in. Once in the office, I make tea, scroll through emails and look at my calendar to see what the day ahead holds.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Especially in Chicago, commute in snow boots!! I keep a pair of shoes at my desk, and wear the biggest, clunkiest boots on the train and to trek through the snow.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Our office is pretty casual, but I still like to put in some effort in the morning to make me feel my best. From my time living in Denmark, I adopted the all-black look, so I go with black jeans, a black top, and some sort of light jacket or blazer. The best part is that black and black always matches, so I don’t have to think about it too much in the morning.
What is something you always have at your desk?
Stacks on stacks of post it notes, and my Moleskine, which never leaves my side.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
I need to switch up where I’m working, or else I burn out. When I’m feeling social, I like to sit in the café, but when I need to go heads-down on something, I sit in the new business room. It is completely closed off from the office, so it keeps distractions to a minimum and I can zone in on my work (plus it has a couch).
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
I try to stay proactive and calm in hectic times by making to-do lists, talking through problems with other members of my team and finding quiet time to myself to get things done. I always know that there are tons of people in the office who can help me, so in times that I need some words of motivation, I chat with my manager, teammates and friends.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I have been working on the same pitch throughout my entire new business rotation. It has been such a great learning experience to see the whole process from start to finish and to work so closely with the pitch team. I was given a close view of parts of the agency that I had never worked with before and enjoyed the opportunity to focus on one project for a month and a half which made it easier to immerse myself in the work.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
On weeks that I am productive on Sunday, I will make lunch for the week and bring it in. Most days, I order food to the office. There are so many good options around the Mart, and I like to switch it up.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Things take time. When I first started, there was so much to take in and learn, and I thought I could get up to speed right away. I wish that someone had told me that starting a new job and moving to a new city is a big adjustment, and that it takes more time than you think to feel comfortable and settled in.
How do you break up your work day?
I’m not someone who can sit still for too long, so I like to switch up where I sit. It helps me hit reset in the middle of the day, and feel like my day is active and busy. When I am in the right environment, it helps me get in the mindset of working hard and staying focused. Something I want to adopt into my daily schedule is finding time to get outside once a day.
If you had to pick, what is been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
As cliché as it sounds, it is easily the people. The people who I have met here in just four months have become mentors, friends, and role models. Being surrounded by kind, interesting, and smart people makes work such a dynamic place, and has helped in my move to Chicago. We even spend time together on the weekends, because seeing each other every work day isn’t enough.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I’ve joined the Women’s Professional Network and am on the exec board of the Young Professionals Network. One of the things I miss most about college is all of the opportunities you have on campus to get involved, listen to speakers and learn outside of the classroom. The professional networks have helped to fill that void, and I love that I am able to learn things that are outside of my role.
River North area in Chicago – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
Marshall’s Landing is a new spot on the main level of our building, and it has become one of my favorite places. It is a huge open space that has couches, long tables, a coffee shop, bar, and restaurant. It’s been the go-to spot for special occasion lunches, Friday drinks with the team, or an afternoon coffee run.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
When I get home, I catch up with my roommates in the kitchen while I make dinner. Cooking is fun and relaxing for me, and I am always looking for new recipes to try.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around Chicago?
I have a hit list of all the restaurants I want to try in Chicago, so I have slowly been checking those off. On weekends, I love having visitors come in and showing them around. I’m still somewhat of a tourist in my own city, so I’m still starry-eyed when I get to see a new part of the city.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
For a client pitch, the team built a replica in the office, which became the meeting room for the pitch. I’m sure the client had no doubts of our ability to be bold, creative, and dedicated after that.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
David Ogilvy lived with an Amish population as a farmer before moving to New York and founding his agency.
If you get to leave the office early…
I would take the long route home. I love being downtown and wandering around the busy streets. When I have time on my hands, I like to walk around the city and pop into different stores, restaurants and shops that catch my eye. It’s how I’ve discovered some of my favorite places in Chicago.