How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I typically get in anywhere between 9 – 9:30 a.m. I normally just set up everything I need for the day and get as prepared as possible before I start working on anything.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
I have a few tips actually:
- Time everything – this way you can plan to put a little cushion time in your commute for train delays or construction based on how long it takes you to get from place to place (i.e. the walk from home to the subway, and then from the subway to work)
- Be very aware of your surroundings, especially if you are new to a particular area; New York City is big but you don’t have to feel overwhelmed
- Wear comfortable shoes! You never know when you may need to hop off a shuttle/bus to walk when there is stand still traffic. You can always change into something cuter once you’re in the office.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Usually black jeans with a sweater, blouse or cardigan and my black booties.
What is something you always have at your desk?
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The café because it is a great place for meetings or to catch up with friends and coworkers over lunch.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Nothing is more motivating than the feeling of accomplishing a very long and challenging task, so in my opinion, buckling down to complete the task at hand.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I am currently working on several projects and clients in this rotation, but specifically I’ve been working on digital transformation projects and implementing a new customer-centric program. There’s a lot of new and exciting components taking place in OgilvyRED!
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I either bring lunch, go downstairs to the café, or walk to Sunac on 42nd and 11th.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
To bring a jacket to keep in your desk, because sometimes it gets chilly in the office!
How do you break up your work day?
It depends on the day, but if I have a hefty task I usually work on it throughout the day non-stop (except for lunch) until its done. If I have multiple tasks that day, I prioritize whichever is either longer or is due first.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
The people! Everyone here has been so fantastic and welcoming and I really could not have asked for a better work environment.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I’m involved with the Young Professionals Network (YPN), the Women’s Leadership Professional Network(WLPN), Black Diaspora, an organization celebrating African-American culture, and RedLotus, a professional network celebrating Asian and Middle Eastern culture. I have met a lot of great people in the office from several network events, and it has led to great friendships outside of the office, which I am very grateful for. So be sure to get involved!
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
Haven’t been in a while, but Sticky Fingers has some of the best cheese fries I’ve ever had. Also Kiabacca is a great bar with great pizza.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
Usually I’m FaceTiming with friends and family, cooking or just watching my favorite shows.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
Everything – I like to go to comedy shows, museums, cultural events, bars, skating, the list goes on and on. I try to explore the city as much as I can.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
The history of Ogilvy and how we utilize his words and ideals on a day-to-day basis. Also, the current location of the NYC office used to be a chocolate factory; it’s not just a company nickname.
If you get to leave the office early…
Depending on the day, I might grab a drink with a friend, or just go home and relax.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
Many floors have drawers stocked with office necessities such as folders, folder racks, pencils, staplers, you name it! Save some time and money and use the handy company resources and supplies. They are everywhere, it’s great!