On a frigid Friday morning, a few of us courageous MMS members bundled up and took a trip to the office of J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency in New York City. We were welcomed by Charae Warner, HR Business Partner for JWT New York. She led an informative and perceptive tour of the office that left our attendees enthused about working in the advertising industry.
We were also introduced to Keni Thacker, Executive Producer for Differenter & Sr. Event Technology Specialist, and Ralph Florio who is HR for Account Planning. (Ralph is a Rutgers Alum 🙂 and earned his Masters in Management!) Charae, Keni, and Ralph shared vital information about their job responsibilities and the culture of the J. Walter Thompson Agency, making it an attractive place to consider starting a career. Charae described JWT as the “most collaborative environment… it’s about working with people who care… I’m always able to learn what’s going on”. They also shared insightful advice about marketing careers, challenges, and qualities business students should be cultivating to ensure success. Keni spoke about the lack of diversity in the advertising industry. He mentioned that the main challenge of bringing diversity is “lack of awareness and preparedness”. However Keni is involved in combating that challenge through the Differenter Program at JWT: Continue reading