Designer & Writer
JuntoAlumni 2017 (DESIGNATION, J5)
"I learned how much I didn’t know. Not only were there things on my radar that I didn’t know, but there were so many things that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know."
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I don't tend to make the best decisions when I feel strong emotions, good or bad. “Sleep on it” is some of the universally best advice I’ve received for making a decision.
What are you working on right now?
I am collaborating with a partner on building a strategy consulting firm that specializes in utilizing social norms to introduce new ideas to change the status quo.
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
I learned how much I didn’t know. Not only were there things on my radar that I didn’t know, but there were so many things that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know. It was humbling, exciting, and interesting to meet people that are so talented and intelligent, and have done so much.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Hard work is rewarded more than raw talent.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
The ability to acknowledge mistakes and drawbacks (like, “We didn’t quite hit the mark here”) while remaining optimistic. You also have to walk this fine line between being confident but open to change and collaboration. If you’re overconfident, you might seem foolish. But if you aren’t confident or you’re pessimistic, then people don't have confidence in you.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
I always recommend Sprint by Jake Knapp to new entrepreneurs or designers. It’s about how to build products quickly and efficiently.
What is your superpower?
I’m multidisciplinary and have a wide skill set. I like to move from area to area to find new skills, so I go wider than I go deep. It’s a strong asset for someone who is entrepreneurial.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
The ability to know how to learn. I wish I could convey how I gain new skills, how I handle mistakes, and how I get better at what I do.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
If I had to isolate it with a single moment, I would say that very first intense day where we talked about lifelines. It was an opportunity to get access to people in a deep and emotional way and it was really memorable for me.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I’ve always been fairly multidisciplinary, but broadly speaking, I specialize in design marketing, brand, and brand strategy.