I’ve always regretted not asking for more mentorship or help early in my career. At the time, mentorship and coaching weren’t as widely talked about, so I honestly didn’t even know it was an option. Over time, I’ve learned to ask for more help from the people I respect and I’m constantly searching for ways I can help other people. When a friend posted a link to the AEF mentorship program I was instantly interested in giving back and offering the help I wish I had access to early in my career.
Advertising helps make content and experiences more accessible to ALL people, around the world. It powers discovery, commerce, learning, travel and even entertainment for the people that see it, and technology is only making people’s experience with advertising, better. I’m passionate about how the industry is evolving and excited to be a part of what’s next.
AAV – Always add value.
People perform at their best and are happiest when they are inspired. I hope to inspire the next generation as much as I am inspired by them.
I once asked a very successful investor, “what’s the secret to your success – why do you invest in a company?” He answered quite simply – “for two things – the people and the product”. Many companies are strong in one or the other, but I’m lucky enough to work in a company that has such exceptional people who are always working to help each other. We’re lucky enough to work with an exceptional product that makes other businesses grow and the people that use it more successful. It’s that winning combination that makes me love my job.
My network is both my favorite part and by far the most valuable thing I’ve built in this industry. My advice would be to make sure you always devote ~10% of your work time to strengthen your network and help people. Take the call, meet for coffee, say hi in the elevator, etc., and introduce others where you can – all of it will make you better and build great connections over time.