How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I usually pack myself a container of cereal before hopping on the 1 train to work. I get in around 9:30, drop things off at my desk, then head to the kitchen for a cup of coffee and some milk. If I have a project on the table when I get back to my desk, I’ll slide right back into work. If not, I’ll check in with my team to see what they’re working on or if they have any meetings I can slip into throughout the day.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
I take the 1 train to 50th street and walk to the office from there. If you're claustrophobic, consider an alternative option because we’re generally packed into each car like sardines with all our bags and backpacks between our knees – especially during rush hours. But if you plan to take the subway to work in New York City, my best advice is to get used to it because Ubers/Lyfts/Taxis are no faster. Sometime your most reliable mode of transportation is just to walk.
What is your go-to work outfit?
I always wear jeans, a tank top or t-shirt, some kind of business casual blazer or sweater, and whatever shoes are best for walking according to that day’s weather forecast (i.e. rain boots, tennis shoes, booties, etc.).
What is something you always have at your desk?
A Barnard coffee mug and an origami swan I made for holding paper clips and pushpins (that’s mostly for decoration).
What is your favorite spot in the office?
Any southwest corner of the upper floors, because they have great views of the sunset over the Hudson!
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Knowing I have a challenging day ahead is 80% of my motivation. The other 20% comes from knowing that I get to go to work with a great community of people.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
So far, I’ve written competitive analyzes, researched cultural movements and trends, and helped build a presentation for a client-facing workshop.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I usually pack my lunch, but on the days that I forget to bring something to work, I’ll go to Sunrise Market or the Ogilvy café.
What do you wish someone had told you on day one?
You’re in the thick of it now (especially in New York), so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself sharing an elevator with a member of the C-Suite every once and a while.
How do you break up your work day?
I make excuses to walk around the office, especially to different floors so I can take the stairs.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
I love working for a company that is so open about supporting your career goals. The type of work you can do at Ogilvy is so diverse that I feel like I’ve stepped into a world of opportunity, and I could go anywhere from here.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I’m pretty much involved in every professional network Ogilvy has to offer. Some of the most active ones I am in are the Women’s Professional Network (WPN), Young Professional Network (YPN) and Black Diaspora (BD). Anyone is welcome to join the networks, and I love how they help drive the culture of our company by creating communities both within and outside of work.
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I haven’t found a local spot yet that I “love,” but there are a lot of fun places in the area with Ogilvy “Easter Eggs” on their menu, and a whole row of Japanese restaurants near 46th street that I want to try.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
If the weather is nice and the sun is still out, I can walk home along the water through Riverside Park. But after an especially long or stressful day at work, I like to unwind by cooking dinner and dallying off to my own little world with a good book or some Netflix.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I like hanging out with my friends, doing anything from board game nights to happy hours.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
WPP is Ogilvy’s parent company and a world-renown advertising and public relations holding company. The initials stand for “Wire and Plastic Products,” which is a company that once manufactured wire shopping baskets… we’ve come a long way, haven’t we?
If you get to leave the office early…
If I get to leave the office early, I love rushing home in time to go for a run before the sun sets. It may seem romantic, but I love running along the water and pushing myself to reach certain mile markers before the sun goes down.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The stairwells are inspiring.