I was raised by a single mother and grew up working early mornings & late nights in restaurants. It made me who I am today and taught me endless lessons. A few of which I carry with me everyday: try everything (twice), don’t fail anyone who gives you an opportunity, you may not be the best in the room but be confident in your skills, never let down your team or your friends–they are your support through it all, share all the credit, make sure the people around you feel good about themselves and what they are doing, never stop learning, and listen. I try to do a lot of those things daily–admittedly, some better than others. But every day I try to be better and I listen to those around me.
I focused on my art in college but learned all my technical design skills after I left my masters of education program. (I couldn’t sit through another lecture on early childhood education). It caused me to start my career a bit late, but gave me the opportunity to better transition my skills to the corporate world. Whether it be creative problem-solving with my partners, designing with the UX group, guiding a client through a presentation, or hanging with the Ops team trying to find the best solution for our team, I feel comfortable in most rooms.
I’ve worked with some really amazing and inspiring people over the years. I’ve been fortunate to mentor some incredibly talented creatives who have gone on to be leaders I’d proudly work for today. I’ve worked on some really rewarding campaigns and won a handful of awards. (Most people really like HopeStems; an opioid awareness campaign a group of us launched in 2018 that won a Lion, you can check it out here.) I’ve been part of the growth and evolution of small agencies, I’ve helped lead a few teams, and launched a whole lot of websites over the years but I’m positive my best work is ahead of me. At the end of the day I want to continue to grow and make great work with inspiring people – so every day I wake up looking for that opportunity.