I'm still surprised that my obsessive compulsive nature has somehow manifested itself into a career. If I'm awake, I have to be making things. (Which has resulted in my being an indecisive creative hybrid of sorts). I like to make stuff. Stuff like:
AD STUFF: I'm currently a Senior Partner, Global Group Creative Director at Ogilvy Chicago & Executive Director of Design for Ogilvy Experiential. Prior to my 15+ years at Ogilvy - holy God, has it really been that long? - I also had the pleasure of working at The Leap Partnership, freelancing at BBDO and a short stint for Primo Angeli (San Francisco). Over those years, I've had the honor of serving numerous brands I truly admire - from Dove, to Michelob, Glade, Miller, Craftsman, Kenmore, Mrs. Meyer's, Interface, Flor, O'Douls, Sears.
WRITE STUFF: My book publishers are Hearst, Random House & Crown (Lit Agent: ICM Partners). I also have a good time contributing to a handful of national design, decor & lifestyle magazines.
DESIGN STUFF: Every odd thing imaginable from a theater space to an agency lobby, to a custom motorcycle for Ural, gift sets for Anthropologie and children's product lines for Land of Nod & GANT.
BUILD STUFF: Built a business and brand out of a scary old abandoned Wisconsin camp (now ironically listed in Travel & Leisure "top hotels in the world." ) Also, GC'd our Chicago home on a shoestring budget which ended up becoming a Dwell cover story & Architectural Record home of the year.
PERSONAL STUFF: Farmgirl from southern Illinois, now living in Chicago with my husband David, 5 year old daughter (named after Johnny Cash) & our overweight (but irresistible) rescue mutt Frankie.
MENTOR & STUFF: Sometimes get to speak at film festivals like AICP and judge award shows like Ad Age Agency of the Year. Mentor design and ad students at UCA (University For The Creative Arts, Farnham, England), Chicago Portfolio School, SIUC school of Art & Design.
What do I make? Everything. Making brands relevant, iconic, personal. Creating & executing content with a sharp and sticky point of view. Local. Global. Functional. Shareable. Emotional. Social experiments. Products. Collaborations. Immersive Experiences. Inspired by raw human insights and fearless design. Tuned into women, men, kids, metrosexual, conservatives, liberals, millennials, makers. Giving brands a meaningful voice and an evocative look and feel. Building everything from a new product to a new business pitch. Moving brand and people to a better place.
Who do I make it for? Everyone. My brand. Your brand. From buzz-generating event, to a creative retreat, a creative product, or an immersive environment.
Where do I make it? Everywhere. In your house. In my house. On a Tuesday or a Sunday. On the L. On a plane. With zero learning curve or drama. On strategy and on time. Sell in the meeting and on the rack. Working the work hard to put out ideas that are smart, beautiful, and surprising every time.
Some of the my Ad World Awards include: Cannes Lions Gold, Silver, Bronze plus 8 shortlists for Glade Museum of Feelings / Cannes Lion for Dove ProAge / Cannes Lion for Camp Wandawega, Owl Scout "Campfire Stories" / Gold Clio for Glade "Museum of Feelings" / EFFIEs for Dove Skin, Dove ProAge and Truvia / ADWEEK "Spot of the Month" (3 times) / Super Bowl commercials for Michelob, AFI, Dove / Creativity / London International Awards
Beyond the day-to-day of selling to clients, presenting to a crowd of folks is part of the job. Here are a few opportunities I've had to do that: