How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
Since I live in the heart of Brooklyn, my morning routine is super extensive! After hopping on the express train to Manhattan, I’ll either read, listen to music, or try to watch the previous night’s episode of whatever show I might have missed. Once I get off at Port Authority, I walk to the office and take in all that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer – the busy streets, the uptown skyline (my absolute FAVORITE thing to look at) and I occasionally will grab breakfast at a local shop. Then, I’ll arrive at the office while fumbling through my bag looking for my ID.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Ah – always be prepared for the unexpected by giving yourself an AMPLE amount of time to get in. I live in Brooklyn and it takes me almost an hour to get in sometimes, but even those who live in Manhattan should give themselves leeway because there’s always traffic, subway delays, and random rain or snow.
What is your go-to work outfit?
I prefer “cozy” pants. These are a mix between dress pants and sweats that absolutely go for every single occasion. When it’s cold, I’ll wear a sweater and fun sneakers or boots with them and flats and a button down on warmer days.
What is something you always have at your desk?
I always have hand sanitizer! I’m not from New York and still not used to being around so many people, so I use my hand sanitizer after coming in from the subway. I also have a mini Villanova clock that reminds me of the good ol’ college days.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The view from the 9th floor that looks downtown – it’s incredible!
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Definitely going to any wall that has inspirational and fun quotes! I love feeling motivated when I’m having a rough day, so seeing these quotes always gives me that extra push.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I’ve done a lot of ideating for a new brand program for one of our clients. It’s been pretty fun being able to sit in a room full of creatives, strategists, and the account team to talk about your ideas. Those ideas even made their way to the eyes and ears of the client.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
Most of the time I pack to save money, but I LOVE the fresh sushi in the new café.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Take every opportunity given to you to speak.
How do you break up your work day?
I like to take pictures of the view from the 9th floor – I’m putting together a collage of how the view will change over time – and grab a cup of tea or water.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Being around so many intelligent and creative people. I love being able to soak in the energy that flows through this office.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I just started being more involved in the Black Diaspora, a network working to bring together thought leaders in the Black/African American community and strengthen our influence in the advertising/media industry today both professionally and personally. In this network, or PNs as we call them, I signed up to assist with social media. I’m excited to see where it goes!
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
There’s a restaurant called Siri Thai NYC on 10th Avenue and 45th Street It’s so yum!
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
While traveling home, I’ll either listen to music or read. But once I’m in my apartment, I shower, eat/prep dinner and lunch and breakfast for the next day, and turn on a movie to fall asleep to.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Still figuring this out – stay tuned! But I’m hoping to find the little nooks around NYC that I can become a regular at.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
The mindset of being in a “team” is so real! Your team becomes an extension of your family and a representation of the greater Ogilvy family. It’s so special to feel like work is home.
If you get to leave the office early…
I try to take even longer getting home and just explore the area a little more. Sometimes I’ll just run errands too, so I’ll have more “fun” time during the weekend. #Adulting
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The red chairs on the 9th floor are super cozy and fun to do work in!!