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:
AGENCY + ADVERTISING 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, and bunches more.
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 2013." ) Also, GC'd our Chicago home on a shoestring budget which ended up become 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 & judge an award shows like Ad Age Agency of the Year. Mentor design & ad students at University For The Creative Arts England, Chicago Portfolio School, SIUC school of Art & Design. I also serve on the creative Counsel Board for SOHO House (which is probably more fun than all else combined)
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CYBERSTALKING WELCOME. (I spend more time on IG than I should probably admit to, but it's fun - so what the hell.)