My time at FCB Global is coming to an end and it is indeed bittersweet. I can’t wait to share my new career news with you on Monday!
What I am ecstatic about is that I’ll definitely keep in touch with my FCB family forever. From the top down, so many people positively impacted me as a person. In particular, something that I will cherish incredibly is that I met two dynamic black women who took me under their wings and mentored me (and most importantly, will continue to do so in the future): Cynthia “Cindy” Augustine, FCB’s Global Chief Talent Officer and Vita M. Harris, FCB’s Chief Strategy Officer.
In my decade-plus career, I’ve never had two senior-level black women come together collectively to invest in my future on a daily basis. Yes, I have PHENOMENAL black female mentors who go above and beyond for me, but I have never had the pleasure of seeing them and shadowing them on a day-by-day basis, neither have I had a team of mentors at one place and at the same time. This has been life changing for me, being able to watch two dynamic, superb and powerful black women successfully engage, empower and lead global industry decisions. The marketing and advertising industries are not the most diverse; in fact there's a long way to go in terms of inclusion across the board, and for there to be two black women in a C-suite at a leading agency is profoundly inspiring.
Cindy and Vita taught me the significance of having REAL support, guidance, and they continuously nurtured me. They took the time to invest in my success and foster my potential, and I can never fully describe how appreciative I am of both of them. But without a doubt, their training impacted me and will shape me in my new executive role, where I will be the first black woman to ever hold my title.
FCB is engraved in my heart, and I will always be grateful for its invaluable contribution to my career. I am humbled to have worked at one of Ad Age’s 2018 Agencies to Watch, and I do not take it for granted. My FCB highlights include working with worldwide CEO Carter Murray, who is truly passionate about #TalentAboveAllElse and is such a gracious leader. Furthermore, learning what it means to be #NeverFinished from the gifted Susan Credle is something that I’ll forever cherish.
Absorbing and learning firsthand from the brilliant and eloquent Brandon Cooke – who challenged me to think big, discover above and beyond what’s presented, and moreover, grow – has taught me so much. There’s nothing better than having a great boss, and Brandon’s a genuinely spectacular person. I am honored to have worked for him.
This journey has been nothing short of amazing, from last year witnessing Area 23 rightfully claim Cannes Lions, “Healthcare Agency of the Year” to watching FCB Health dominate and bring home the 2018 acclaimed “Healthcare Network of the Year” honor. Under the impeccable Dana Maiman, whom I adore for her dedication to empowering talent and her graceful leadership, I have learned how to be intentionally inquisitive and authentic in my approach. Rich Levy — who tasks his creative team to think “What If?” to purposefully move the industry forward by leveraging assets and talent — has also shaped me as a leader.
FCB has been the greatest team that I have ever been a part of. It has been both a privilege and an honor to work in marketing and advertising full-time at FCB Global. I will miss my talented and dedicated worldwide communications team, but there’s no doubt that we’ll all remain in contact.
The Best Is Yet To Come!