I had a high-flying career. Never wanted to get married. All I wanted to do was have some fun.
My personal cause and platform, if you like, is women’s rights and women’s issues.
I deplore the shying away that can go on, within women, from the term ‘feminist.’ I am, absolutely, all about being a feminist.
I’ve never felt any particular desire to be married.
My background is advertising: I moved to New York from London in 1998 to start up the U.S. office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty.
I realized I was an attractive older woman who never wanted to settle down.
I love the unknown.
I consider myself a rampant feminist.
Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am extremely action-oriented. I’m all about making things happen.
Too many people, including the ad industry, believe the future is something that happens and just rolls them over in it’s wake.
I like to stand out and make a statement.
When I give talks like the one I’m going to give at the Changing Advertising Summit, one of the points I often make to the audience is that I’m not one of those speakers who stands in front of the audience and pontificates – everything I talk about I’m actually doing myself. I’m living it.
When we launched If WeRanTheWorld, I said to my team, I want us to innovate in every aspect of how we design and operate this as a business venture, as much as the web platform itself – because I want us to design our own startup around the working lives that we would all like to live. Women and men alike.
The single biggest lesson I learned was when a hire isn’t working out fire them fast. My biggest mistakes, and where I’ve seen the worst results, were when I gave someone too many chances, or let a situation drift on for too long because I couldn’t bring myself to terminate it.
Client companies and advertising agencies are old-world-order places. The systems and processes and structures come from a time when you shot the TV commercial, then you did the print ads, then you did everything else – including the website. Everything has changed, but the systems haven’t.