How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I wake up to a scheduled sunrise every morning … this alarm orb was a Christmas gift and, as a serial snoozer, its effects have allowed me to actually have a morning routine. After I turn off the sunrise I go grab a cup of coffee (the Delay Brew feature is another great morning hack), make a smoothie to take to the office and continue getting ready for the day.
I hop on the El and take it straight to Merchandise Mart, I can walk from the station to the office without even going outside (clutch in Chicago winter. When I get to the office I run through my emails and calendar, maybe making out a to-do list for the day. If there’s nothing urgent I’ll go through newsletters from a few industry sources. When I finish my smoothie, I gulp down a cup of mediocre coffee with two of those creamers that don’t need refrigerated and are therefore probably slowing leading to my demise…
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
Live close to the El! I live a two-minute walk from the station — close enough to stay warm from the door to the platform but far enough not to have the tracks rattle my apartment.
What is your go-to work outfit?
I tutor for Off the Street Club on Thursdays at our office and have an on-going shoe competition with the second grader I help out. She has bedazzled, glitter, light-up sneakers and I have Rubix cube heels, green cowboy boots and metallic sneakers. AKA my go to is jeans, a sweater and a pair of very extra shoes.
What is something you always have at your desk?
I have a collection of postcards from art museums, events and friends. I rearrange and add to them for some colorful inspiration.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
I like the South Café for its endless supply of coffee, ice cream and friendly faces looking for a break from their desks.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
There is a stash of chocolate right by my desk…
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
I’ve done everything from a deep-dive into all of a brand’s planned activities for 2018 while figuring out how to activate a new brand platform throughout to a Super Bowl ad analysis.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
Usually I’ll meet up with Elise, the other Associate here, and some of the other new grads in the café. I bring my lunch to help with budgeting, which is always interesting... Tip: Do not substitute blue cheese into a grapefruit salad.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
I came into my first day of work with a 102 degree fever… What was I supposed to do, it was my first day! I wish someone had told me to go home…
But actually, I sincerely appreciated every “Hi” I got. As a new employee in a 500-person office, the introductions really helped me feel more comfortable.
How do you break up your work day?
I like to take lunch away from my desk when I can. I’ve read about the “blue light blues” and like to get away from a screen in the middle of the day, plus it can be a great way to comfortably brainstorm ideas, sometimes unknowingly, with friends.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
The fact that there are 10 people right out of college in my office has made the transition to a new city for a first job much easier, and more fun! It’s so nice to have close peers to head to happy hours or grab lunch with.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
I am the co-chair of Education in the Young Professionals Network here. I’m excited to work closely with other young people in the office, especially ones I don’t get to work with directly on my day to day brands.
I also tutor for Off The Street Club, a program that allows kids in 1st through 3rd grade to visit the office every week and get help with homework (and eat pizza and try out the foosball table). It’s so funny to see young children interact with a space we spend our 9 to 5 in — their imaginations inspire me to see the creativity in anything. Last week my student had us “spy walk” through the hallways to avoid getting caught by the janitors.
River North area in Chicago – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I’m a big fan of Three Greens Market, a magical space with delicious burgers, a hip salad bar, a full coffee bar and eclectic décor (read: Mad Men era furniture and a putting green).
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I take one of two routes: a solo night of reading, watching and listening whatever I want, or a social night at EZ Inn, a local bar with an unassuming exterior but an extensive drink menu. I like the Mexican hot chocolate mezcal slushie and Mondays are BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl).
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around Chicago?
I love attending concerts at different venues around the city. I even got a side gig reviewing shows for a Chicago culture site to fund some of my upcoming shows. This month I’m seeing Whitney, Bon Iver, Mothers, Ratboys and Palm (the leader singer’s mom sits right by me in our office).
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
The Ogilvy Chicago office is moving to Fulton Market in 2020 with all the other local WPP agencies.
If you get to leave the office early…
I would try to catch a movie nearby!
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The flag football team doesn’t cut! And it’s a great way to meet other employees.