During The New York Festivals 2015, I had the privilege of not only attending but personally co-producing a panel for the creative sessions on behalf of the Advertising Women of New York entitled "The Madwomen Who Will Change Our Future" featuring:
Cynthia Carrasco, FCBC Health
Lauren Connoly, BBDO
Katelyn Johnson, Arnold Worldwide
Michele Kunken, KBS+
Rosemarie Ryan, co:collective
As working professionals and students both pursuing our Masters' degrees in creative + communications, my colleague and I understand how extremely competitive the industry can be first hand and how difficult it is to not only break in but remain in the field as well. We felt this this not only rang true for us but would resonate with aspiring professionals and those who are trying to attract and retain talent, alike. It was this universal truth that inspired the vision of the content, therefore we decided the conversation should focus on how the creative field has evolved now that women no longer take a back seat but actually have a seat at the creative table through highlighting the unique journeys and turning points that have helped shape the paths of successful women who are current professionals playing various roles within the creative field. Such wisdom and takeaways from strategies for landing a creative gig to remaining motivated + inspired highlighted via Twitter:
@FashionKEEsta: You can't wait for opportunity, you have to seize opportunity if you want to be successful within this industry! Tenacity, people! #NYFA2015
@rlanda: "Creativity is the last competitive advantage." —Rosemarie Ryan, co:collective @RosemarieRyan #NYFA2015 @tmontague
@FashionKEEsta: .@LaurConnolly says human connection is your way into the industry! Introduce yourself after a panel or inquire a coffee date! #NYFA2015
@alinagutierrez: Create your own teaching moments. Understand what you need to learn & find the right people to help you do that. @RosemarieRyan #NYFA2015
@SGBeepat: "Power of a great idea has economic value." - @LaurConnolly powerful thoughts from a powerful presence at #NYFA2015 today @NewYorkFestival
@WeAreUtopia: Advice from MadWoman@ #NYFA2015 Be ever-tenacious,hire for culture,always over-deliver & say thank you #UtopiansInNYC http://t.co/vWTVPc9W4k
@FashionKEEsta: .@RosemarieRyan: "Women have a tendency to undervalue themselves and we do ourselves a disservice when we do." #NYFA2015
For additional takeaways + insightful soundbites, explore #NYFA2015.
What I enjoyed most was having a hand in producing and witnessing such creative super women's with brain power + beauty shine throughout the a smart, insightful and all around stellar panel discussion and the feedback! Maybe I'm biased, but I'm 99.9% audience filled with industry professionals and students would agree! Until next year, New York Festivals 2016!