Talent Champion – Whitney Ball

Talent Champion Spotlight

AEF Talent Champion - Whitney Ball

Whitney Ball
VP, Director of Human Resources
DDB

Whitney Ball is the VP, director of human resources for DDB, a worldwide marketing communications network owned by Omnicom Group Inc. In this role, she oversees all aspects of human resources and talent management for both DDB San Francisco and DDB New York. She has proven success in creating cultures of collaboration and implementing change to achieve workforce excellence.

Prior to joining DDB, Ball ran her own independent HR consulting company for over 9 years, serving clients in advertising, strategy and research consultancy, retail, renewable energy, construction management, beverages, spirits and public relations sectors. She started her career at Young & Rubicam and was a key member of their HR leadership team for 13 years.

What prompted you to get involved with the AEF and why are you passionate about the future of the industry?

My friend and colleague, Leslie Bee at Goodby Silverstein told me all about the AEF and the success they were having and I immediately reached out to Sara to start partnering with building a relationship for DDB. I think our industry continues to become more creative, smarter and dynamic with each generation. The creativity behind the work and the ways in which we connect with consumers leaves so much room for experimentation that the possibilities of what is ahead gets me really excited.

What is the best career advice you've ever received?

Find a job that makes you happy, gets you excited to get out of bed in the morning and leaves you fulfilled at the end of the day and wanting to do it all over again the next day.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Rather than talking about a professor who inspired me I’d like to take a moment to highlight and thank Kathy Murphy, my mentor and friend who has been by my side for the past 24 years. Kathy changed the course of my life when she hired me at Young & Rubicam San Francisco. In the earlier days of my career she believed in me at times when I didn’t believe in myself. She saw something in a passionate, hungry, younger version of myself and made me her special project. Kathy gave me endless work opportunities that at times I didn’t think I was ready for but she always said I was. Kathy challenged me to always be better and has been someone that I have looked up to and who has inspired me not only professionally but personally. Kathy as been the greatest gift of my professional career and I will forever by grateful that my path in life crossed hers.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people. I work with the nicest and most talented people every day.

"Honestly, the speaker made a career in advertising sound so attractive that I am considering changing my major."
— Student at University of Tulsa after AEF sent Speaker from Insight Creative Group