Hey, been trying to meet you.
I’m a creative director with a design background living in Detroit, MI. Equal parts creative and Type A personality, I thrive on conceptual projects, have an obsession with Microsoft Excel, and love thinking about the big picture.
My leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
People are more important than projects.
Collaboration yields better results than competition.
There’s strength in admitting frankly when you don’t know something (but you should follow it up by trying your darnedest to find the answer!).
Being a leader doesn’t mean you’re always the one talking.
More often than not, it means shutting up and allowing other people to talk.
Self-awareness is crucial. Know what you’re good at and more importantly, what you’re bad at.
Hire people who are good at what you’re bad at, then step back and let them use their talents on the job.
Your actions and behavior make you a leader,
not your title.
Be kind — to your team, your colleagues, and yourself. Lead with empathy.
I served as President of the AIGA Detroit Chapter from 2011-2013 and presented at national AIGA leadership conferences in Minneapolis and in Salt Lake City. In 2012 I also presented at the Re:design conference in Chicago, IL. That year I traveled to Cannes, France to attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as the inaugural recipient of the "I Am MRM" award.
Outside of work I like:
Taking pottery classes
Traveling to new places
Listening to podcasts
Cooking vegetarian food
Sipping Malbec and Belgian beer
Organizing and color coding things
Spending time with my boyfriend, dog and cats