How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
Every day I walk into the office with my headphones in, listening to music. I go first to my desk to drop off my stuff, then I organize my calendar for the day, check my email and log on to Twitter, which I keep open in the background of my computer all day. Most mornings, I’ll then take a trip to the kitchen area to fill up my water bottle or make iced coffee.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Transportation delays are inevitable and annoying - give yourself time to get where you need to be. Also, take advantage of the corporate shuttle. It’s the best.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Black or blue jeans, blouse or sweater and either sneakers or mules.
What is something you always have at your desk?
Everything. Water, pens, office supplies, hair ties, pictures, you name it.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
Anywhere with comfortable chairs or couches (preferably the phone room on 9 with the purple chairs).
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
I find it really helpful to make lists of everything that I need to accomplish. Even if it’s the smallest task like printing something or sending an email, I like to write everything down so I can feel accomplished when I cross an item off of my list. And then there’s my pump-up playlists on Spotify. The customized station “Your Time Capsule” has been my go-to recently.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
Dialogue Strategy is a really interesting and unique team within the larger strategy department. I work on a variety of projects for three different clients, and nearly all of the projects that I’ve worked on thus far have been employee focused. As a team, we work to ensure that employees feel connected to and empowered by the brand. I’ve helped develop immersive trainings, activities and events to help connect those employees to the brand’s initiative and mission. I am also working on humanizing and modernizing one of the client's brand tone to connect with millennial parents in ways that are native and fit within their daily lives.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I’m always the girl messaging people looking for lunch plans. I try to bring lunch from home as much as possible, but I also have a soft spot for the salad bar at the café and both the burger and pizza stations at Gotham.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Having downtime is okay. You won’t be slammed with work every second of every day, and that is both normal and acceptable. Sometimes I get nervous when I don’t have as much to do, but I’m learning to embrace it and make the most of that downtime.
How do you break up your work day?
I switch up my environment by working from the kitchen area or other comfy places around the office. And when possible, I play HQ at 3:00 with co-workers.
If you had to pick, what is been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Without a doubt the people. The Associates Program has introduced me to such a great network of co-workers who have quickly become amazing friends, and I’ve gotten to know and spend time with the other people on my teams as well. It’s so nice to be excited to come to work because the people around you make it fun and enjoyable.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I am part of YPN (Young Professional Network) as well as WLPN (Women’s Leadership Professional Network). I like that they offer additional communities within the building and are flexible in terms of your participation and involvement. You can be as involved or removed as you want.
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I am one of Sunrise Café’s biggest fans. It just opened not even a block away, and it’s such a great little market. So many options, it's affordable and the people who work there are the nicest!
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
Change immediately into sweatpants, and watch TV.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Hang out with friends and go on food adventures to new spots! Also, Broadway shows! Do I sound like a broken record yet? I love Broadway!
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
There are always many opportunities to get involved and get to know people outside of your immediate team and department. People are always looking for help on projects and new perspectives, so if you want to branch out, all you have to do is volunteer.
If you get to leave the office early…
Either meet up with friends, or head home and make a good dinner that requires more time than I would usually spend cooking.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The office is a happier place when food is involved (especially if it’s free).