#AgencyLife: Can You Handle it?

August 25, 2017
So much can be learned in the classroom, but when you are given the opportunity to join a once in a lifetime trip, you realize that there is much more to be learned beyond the books. Of course, I can go to class and learn the 4 P’s of marketing, how to write a business plan, or the basics of accounting, but do textbooks allow you to tour companies and speak to executives?! It is not every day that millennials get to go face-to-face with such well-known companies, break stereotypes, and change the conversation. 
The National Millennial Community was given the opportunity to speak to employees of all levels and listened to the many different stories and paths taken to get to where they are now. Textbooks paint a vague picture when it comes to working in an agency, but it is only upon visiting a company that you learn about the individual paths, challenges, successes, values and company culture. It was interesting to learn how some people went straight into the positions they planned for after graduation, whereas others, started in different areas and worked their way up into their desired roles.
Textbooks do not teach you about the cons of an agency: extreme stress, coffee addictions, long hours, and the amount of dry shampoo bottles people go through because they don’t even have time to wash their hair! Textbooks also do not teach you about the rush of adrenaline you get when you finish a project, the feeling you get when a client compliments your work, or even company happy hours!
Almost everyone who spoke noted that “the agency life is not for everyone” which made me question… is the agency life for me? In a classroom setting I would never think to even question if the agency life was for me or not. Learning about the different experiences and day-to-day tasks opened my eyes to the agency world. 
Without the experience and relationships I gained in Chicago with the National Millennial Community, I would not be able to say with confidence that I am ready to take on the hustle and bustle we call the #agencylife.



Millennial Republicans: A Political Death Sentence?

August 17, 2017
I looked around me as the National Millennial Community members sat down for the first meeting of the trip. We were so excited to visit NBC Chicago! As a third-year public relations student at the University of Florida, my classes often overlap with the journalism courses. Because of the crossover, I was ready to give my opinion and participate in a discussion about current news and how millennials perceive it. Much of the discussion focused around ‘fake news’ and which news stations we trusted and watched.
As we went around the room, I found I was the only community member who said I watch, and trust, Fox News. As other National Millennial Community members said they put their trust in CNN (more left-leaning), I felt I was the only one on the other side of the spectrum. In this era, I feel that as a millennial, it’s a death sentence to be a right-leaning thinker. Voicing a conservative opinion in this progressive day can be extremely difficult. Because I define myself as a ‘millennial republican,’ I feel sometimes as if my opinions are invalidated and misrepresented; as I did in this meeting.
Being a millennial republican, to me, includes being fiscally-conservative, but still believing in equality and things like gay marriage. I believe in strict immigration laws, but I also agree that women should have the right to choose. I left the conference with a fear that the republican party is on its way to being extinct.
The night after the conference ended, I received an email from another member; one that probably was the most harsh toward Fox News in the meeting. In his email, he stated he was proud that I voiced my opinion, even if I was the odd one out. He thought that it must’ve felt terrifying to be a right-leaning millennial in a room full of left-leaning people. He commended me for my bravery, and I thanked him for his sincerity and respect toward me and my opinions.
It's vital to share our thoughts, although clearly polarized, in order to change the conversation surrounding millennials. Being a republican is not a death sentence. Being a republican is just another opinion! This experience opened my eyes up to a long-standing fact: Sharing a different point of view is essential to growth and development.



The Oprah fan who really wants to save the world, one article at a time!

Quick admission before I introduce you to D’Anthony. I was a little nervous about meeting him before our session last month. I interacted with him once over a “Community call” and he appeared to be an extremely serious and busy guy.
To my surprise, the first thing he said when we met was “You’re soon going to feel that this is less of my interview and more of yours, but trust me, that’s okay”. Within 15 minutes, he took over the conversation with stories of work, his home state of Alabama, and of trying new places around New York city; I sensed I was up for an interesting conversation. But by the end of two hours, I knew that he was a person who wakes up happy and excited for the work he is doing, for the change it brings about, and the sense of fulfillment it gives him. And that’s when the conversation went from interesting to illuminating!
If D’Anthony’s journey had to be conveyed in one quote, it would be “I never dreamed of success. I worked for it” by Estee Lauder. A simple guy from Alabama who moved to New York City with a dream to work in a big PR firm. But if you think this is another small-town story in NYC, boy you are wrong. He knew the big move would mean an insane amount of hard work, considerable time and effort for networking, and quite a few disappointments. So he spent two months connecting with the right people, using his network of friends and family to line up interviews and coffee chats. It’s amazing how such a simple idea of laying out your groundwork can make for a very important lesson when looking for a job.
His most interesting interview experience was with a company that took him through three rounds of interviews, offered him a role and bypassed the formalities of having a candidate formally accept the job offer. The CEO literally took him at the end of their chat and introduced him to his future "teammates". To D’Anthony, this was disorienting but also slightly insulting. Why would a company just assume that he would say yes? More importantly, was he going to stay? Or was there a way to respectfully say no and keep a relationship alive? Bugged by these tricky questions, he focused on the one thing that was at the heart of the situation – did he like the role? Turns out, he didn’t. “It’s easy to get swayed by the first offer that comes your way and say yes. But unless you like the role, it just won’t feel right”. So, he ended up calling and graciously rejecting the offer and kept looking till he found the right one.
Today, he does Digital PR at Cohn & Wolfe and has discovered his true calling in the field of medical PR. From managing Live Twitter conversations to launching multi-platform campaigns, it’s evident D’Anthony lives on social. Ask him about the clients he works for and you will see a strange sparkle in his eyes. Using his strengths to promote pharmaceutical products that cure illnesses like diabetes, makes him feel like there’s a larger purpose to his work. He goes to bed thinking about how his work can impact lives and that only makes him work harder. Just like his role model -- Oprah Winfrey -- he wants to make this world a better place. And to me, he seems to be doing a very fine job!
Quick learnings from D’Anthony’s experience
Set yourself up for success. Especially when moving to a big city. Reach out to people, industry experts, school professors, and friends. Use LinkedIn. Schedule coffee chats. Set an agenda, fix a timeline and treat job hunting like a real job.
Research and more research. Find out everything you need about the role, company, and industry. Also, do some deep thinking to truly know what you want. Don’t settle for the first job you are offered. Wait and see if you’re convinced if this is what you want. If you’ve done your background work, you will have fallback options and won’t be desperate to settle for whatever role is available.
My biggest takeaway: No matter what career, industry or role you choose, find that drive -- that passion-- that gives meaning to your work. For D’Anthony, promoting healthcare is his way of contributing to a cause that will benefit lives across the country and even his family back home. And that makes the struggle all the more worthwhile.



Career Opportunities - New York, Atlanta, Chicago, East Hanover, N.J., Rosemead, Calif., and Oxon Hill/National Harbor, Md.

The Pollack PR Marketing Group
Account Coordinator
New York
From Mr. Stefan Pollack, president of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.
The Pollack PR Marketing Group, an integrated PR marketing agency that builds, refreshes and drives branded engagement and influence, is seeking an Account Coordinator for its New York City Office.
We have an opportunity for a PR professional who can assist with the coordination of several branded accounts in a fast-paced agency environment. This position supports the execution of integrated program plans and strategies; assists in the development of reporting and fully participates in the agency’s digital communications and social teams. Web and social marketing skills is considered a plus.
Qualification requirements include:
                    BA or BS in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related field
                    Candidates should have internship PR/communication experience and be capable of assisting diverse accounts
                    Good verbal and written communication skills, organization and presentation skills
                    Knowledgeable in the traditional/digital/social media landscape
                    Experience in leveraging data to media and through media and digital channels
                    Keen understanding of integrated communications
                    Capable of coordinating and juggling various accounts
                    Media relations skills; develop media targets and creative pitch angles
                    Good team player, demonstrating coordination, communication and problem-solving contribution
                    Flexible approach; has the ability to change priorities against changing client and team needs
                    Coordinate timelines and weekly actions plans
                    Capable of managing day-to-day client needs during program execution
                    Aid in the research and development of business proposals
We are seeking a person who has keen judgment, "people" skills and the ability to "think on their feet." We value a person who views stumbling blocks as challenges, problems as opportunities, and who often asks “why not, when told “it cannot be done.”
We offer excellent compensation packages to include benefits, annual profit sharing distributions and tuition assistance. All candidates are given every opportunity for rapid advancement and can do so, without time limits. We are proud of our culture, which emphasizes teamwork, professional development and integrity. We nurture our people and are delighted to have them grow with us, and as a result, have very low employee turnover.
We offer our people, at all levels, senior management interaction and thus they have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals, building career paths in the process.
Please submit resume via email at:

The Nielsen Company
Client Manager, Global Services
Chicago or Atlanta
From Mr. Andrew McCaskill, SVP – Global Communications and Multicultural Marketing at Nielsen.
Client Service Manufacturing
Job Number:
Oil of Olay, Miller Lite, Coca Cola and Tide. What do they all have in common? They are all national brands for manufacturing companies that collaborate with Nielsen to drive their business and grow their portfolios. Nielsen works with companies to provide insights and thought leadership. Our work helps clients set pricing strategies, launch new products and determines what products you ultimately see on the shelf and online. Team members are experts within their categories and Nielsen solutions, and are viewed as trusted partners by our clients.
Global Services is a commercial business unit within Nielsen which aims to unlock Nielsen's potential across technology, datacontent and data processes to better deliver against our clients’ above market needs and build on our competitive advantage. Global Services provides state of the art tools, applications and processes designed to efficiently extract insight from single and multiple data sources and create actionable information for use across markets. The team services and drives the high demand for above market reporting and harmonization solutions through our Global Track suite of services. The Client Manager -Sales has an appreciation of FMCG and Nielsen products and services, as well as good understanding of the value those products and services bring to our clients. He/she is responsible for listening to, discovering and understanding client needs to identifysales opportunities and leveraging Nielsen’s unique value proposition. The Client Manager is expected to proactively build a valuable network both internally and externally whilst collaborating with key contacts in Analytics to identify leads.
  • Building and maintaining strong networking and engagement with key players in client networks.
  • Understanding of client's business and able to identify best Nielsen solutions to meet client needs. Manages the needs assessment and discovery processes.
  • Demonstrates Nielsen solution functionality directly to client audiences consistent with value proposition defined by manager/director.
  • Educates the client on industry trends and best practices adopted by peer companies.
  • Preparing simple and compelling proposals and pitches, and converting opportunities into sales. Assisting in the conversationof opportunities into a sale.
  • Displaying consultative sales behaviors and listening to client needs.
  • Delivering revenue targets, taking accountability for business planning and implementation. Visibility to all opportunities &risk
  • Solid understanding and demonstrated ability to leverage steps involved in the Enterprise Selling process for faster selling cycles and higher win rates.
  • Heavy usage of to keep track of sales activities, leads and opportunities. Ensuring team is using and updatingthe system consistently
  • Familiar with basic products from Nielsen portfolio and Nielsen tools and systems.
  • Working collaboratively with Client Response and Analytic Consulting teams to ensure that leads and opportunities are picked up, information is shared, account strategy is aligned and the relevant people are consulted and/or informed of key activity on an account.
Background and Technical Skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree Required
  • MBA preferred
  • 4-8 years’ experience
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office software
  • Salesforce experience preferred
  • Strategic sales and business development competency
  • Related industries include: Consumer Packaged Goods, Consulting, Information, Sales, Analytics
General Qualifications:
  • Consultative selling with experience across data-driven solutions
  • Skilled & polished communicator, including client presentations
  • Strong negotiation and sales skills. Good at building long-term relationships with clients.
  • Strong business and financial acumen
  • Strong logic, deductive reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Able to maintain positive client relationships in complex situations and resolve client issues
  • Able to work collaboratively with internal & external teams
  • Strong sense of urgency and accountability to drive client outcomes
  • An interest in working in an international environment
For more information and to apply, visit:

The Nielsen Company
Senior Analytical Consultant
East Hanover, N.J.
From Mr. Andrew McCaskill, SVP – Global Communications and Multicultural Marketing at Nielsen.
Senior Analytical Consultant
Client Service Manufacturing
Job Number:
The Senior Analytical Consultant is responsible for coordinating on-going relationships with assigned clients, identifying needs and working with the sales team to facilitate a commercial approach. This role will also ensure analytic support and delivery of meaningful insights agreed with client are delivered to a high standard.
Value Creator:
  • Maintaining and building strong day-to-day relationships and communication with key client contacts.
  • Identifying business needs at client and developing proactive, outcome driving insights. Understanding when to collaborate across Nielsen.
  • Giving support to our sales team by providing relevant information about client situations, needs, claims, contacts, etc.
  • Developing and presenting actionable deliverables for client business issues with clear recommendations, and outcomes.
  • Developing and leveraging existing Thought Leadership pertinent to client business needs.
People Developer:
  • Continuing to broaden knowledge of client business issues and needs, Nielsen services and broader industry.
  • Prioritizing day to day work and focusing effort appropriately.
  • Helping to provide training for more junior members of the team.
Business Operator:
  • Analyzing information and contributing to the delivery of high standard presentations to client.
  • Assisting with the planning of analytical support for clients according to contractual and incremental engagements.
  • Identifying opportunities within scope of knowledge and passing along opportunities to the wider team/business.
  • Understanding the tools and systems required for role. Familiar with basic products and ability to present from Nielsen portfolio.
  • Working continuously with Sales and Client response teams to ensure that leads and opportunities are passed on, client information is shared, account strategy is aligned and the relevant people are consulted and/or informed of key activity on an account. Updating daily to reflect this account activity
  • Working closely with Practice/Retail Analytic Consulting teams to ensure all work is connected to client business issues, is delivered on-time, with a focus on outcomes.
Background and Technical Skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree Required
  • 3-5 years’ experience
  • Strong analytical aptitude
  • Sales background or sales proficiency a plus
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office software
For more information and to apply, visit:

Southern California Edison
Principal Manager, Philanthropy
Rosemead, Calif.
Job Number:
Are you looking to make a difference in your career? We’re working on smarter grids, cleaner energy and tools to help people manage energy more efficiently.
Position Overview:
The Principal Manager of Corporate Philanthropy and Employee Giving Programs is responsible for developing and directing programs in support of Southern California Edison and Edison International’s philanthropic goals and policies. This individual is responsible for advising senior management on contribution and outreach strategies that meet the company’s needs and conform to state and national standards. The manager will also be primarily responsible for designing and implementing a strategic board placement program for the company; coordinating corporate presence at charitable community events; and acting as the company’s key representative in external outreach efforts with grantees.

Typical Responsibilities:
  • Strategy: Directs implementation of philanthropic strategy, including oversight of internal controls, internal collaboration with appropriate executives and organizational units, external relations regarding corporate giving, leveraging media opportunities
  • Management: Direct and oversee the management, development, salary planning and performance management of professional and support staff. Manages senior project managers executing program work and the creation of key deliverables in accordance with standard project execution methodologies, project standards and best practices.
  • Grant Administration Management: Provide oversight of funding, evaluation of proposals based on company priorities and recommendations from company leadership and the Corporate Philanthropy Committee; direct due diligences related to grants, including oversight of research and site visits; direct employee giving campaigns and management of vendors; responsible for oversight and management of the Edison International Relief Fund.
  • Relationship Building: Develop and maintain productive relationships with community leaders and community organizations within the company’s service area; develop and direct effective community partnerships, signature programs and special events that maximize the company’s positive exposure and demonstrate its commitment to community development, safety, education and the environment.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Seven years of experience managing a department, organization or leading project teams.
  • Seven years of experience within a corporate, philanthropic, or government affairs environment.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Must possess acute political judgement for internal and external decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive and productive relationships with the community
  • Demonstrated experience as the P.I.O; must be articulate, a strong public speaker, and has the ability to act as a spokesperson for the company.
  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.
  • Relocation may apply to this position.
Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE: EIX) company, serves a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years. 

Southern California Edison is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

If you require special assistance or accommodation while seeking employment with Southern California Edison, please call Human Resources at (800) 500-4723, and choose option 3 for the Employee Information Center. Representatives are available Monday through Friday8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific time, except Wednesdays when the center closes at 2:30 p.m., and holidays, or (800) 352-8580 (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired - TTY). 
For further information and to apply, visit:

MGM National Harbor
Management Associate Program (MAP)
Oxon Hill/National Harbor, Md.
The Management Associate Program (MAP) extends recent college graduates the opportunity to apply their academic learning, and prior internship experiences, to a management career with MGM Resorts International. Management Associates will gain leadership experience in various departments and develop a well-rounded understanding of MGM Resorts International’s operations. 

During the 12 month program, Associates will collaborate with line level experts and top executives to develop and demonstrate leadership capabilities. This will include, but not be limited to, management of projects, resources and timelines sometimes with a large degree of creativity and under minimal supervision.
  • Engage in self-directed work based upon personalized learning plans specifically aligned to goals and development opportunities in chosen area of concentration
  • Lead specific projects and manage teams/shifts during structured departmental rotations
  • Collaborate with Company leaders and partner with operational experts during formal learning sessions
  • Provide insight and recommendations to both line level experts and Company executives for operational enhancements in chosen area of concentration  
  • Research, develop and contribute enterprise-wide continuous improvement strategies, through participation in the Capstone Project, to improve operational efficiencies and support long-term business objectives
  • Provide consultation to management in the formulation and implementation of continuous improvement operating strategies  
  • Plan, research and execute on Board mandated Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
  • Align Company operations with CSR obligations through participation in Project Homeless Connect
  • Other job related duties as requested
  • Leading and mentoring teams as determined by structured rotation and curriculum requirements in chosen area of concentration
  • Current Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis
  • Must be at least 21 years of age prior to the program start date in July 2018
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited university between May 2017 and July 2018 prior to the start of the Management Associate Program
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a United States 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 2 years of cumulative work and/or internship experience  
  • Proven experience in leading and mentoring a team
  • Prior experience in exercising discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance
  • Previous experience in interfacing with Company executives
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Able to effectively communicate in English, in both written and oral forms
  • Previous experience working in a similar resort setting or hospitality industry
  • Must be able to obtain a gaming card, food handler’s card, or other certificates and licenses on-own if required
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Organizational skills including managing projects, timelines and resources
  • Ability to influence others and work in a matrix organization
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all business contacts
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English, in both oral and written forms
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player, and possess very strong presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Other – Must be flexible if needed for occasional work outside of normal business hours.
About Us
MGM Resorts International develops, builds and operates unique destination resorts designed to provide a total resort experience, including first-class accommodations and dining, world-class entertainment, state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities, and high-quality retail and gaming experiences.
With 62,000 employees, the Company is one of the world's leading global hospitality and entertainment companies with 23 resorts. We’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to being socially responsible, including an industry-leading diversity and inclusive culture, community engagement and philanthropy initiatives, and a commitment to environmentally sustainable approaches in development and operations. While we operate leading resorts and amenities, ultimately it is the people of MGM Resorts who make the difference daily by providing the ultimate guest experience.  We welcome you to join us.
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