Cosmopolitan’s Jessica Pels on growing up with ballet, picking up new skills—and Bernie Sanders’ skin care routine—Ad Age Ad Block
Jessica Pels, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, talks about growing up as a ballet dancer. She also weighs in on the ways her training has made her a better editor (high pain tolerance, for one), the joys of mass transit and skin care tips from presidential candidates.
Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer at the women-focused media company Makers, talks about getting off the couch and finally becoming a runner. She also weighs in on her favorite things about Peloton, exercise as therapy and the lies people tell about the runner's high.
A Black History Month campaign for bookseller Barnes & Noble has been cancelled following social media backlash accusing the company of “literary blackface” after it released new covers featuring people of color for a dozen classic books written primarily by white authors.
Derek Fridman, design partner at Work & Co, talks about his background in street art, specifically wheatpasting—poster graffiti applied with a homemade glue made of flour and water. He also talks about a close shave with Lucasfilm, the failings of the InstaPot and how “The Mandalorian” succeeds as episodic, appointment television.
Jeff Sweat, founder of Sweat & Co., the public relations and consulting firm previously known as Mister Sweat, talks about growing up Mormon and leaving the religion with his wife and family as an adult. He also talks about his disappointment at being sent to Iowa for mission work, his proclivity for climbing tall objects and his thoughts after seeing Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.”
Joe Staples, executive creative director at Mother Los Angeles, talks about growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia and dealing with a school system that didn’t understand him. He also weighs in on the similarities between advertising and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the joys of driving in Los Angeles traffic and shepherding his young son through his own diagnosis of dyslexia.
U.S. Census Bureau campaign assures viewers that ICE and the police can't use its data for deportations
In 2020, as it has every decade for 230 years, the federal government is mobilizing an army of workers to count everyone in the country for the U.S. Census. The tally determines everything from the allocation of funds for social services and schooling to the number of members each state gets in the House of Representatives, so an accurate count is a Constitutionally-mandated priority.
Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a lifelong Girl Scout who earned every possible merit badge. She also talks about the appeal of local talk radio and weighs in on the very best flavor of Girl Scout cookie.
Toygar Bazarkaya, global chief creative officer at Optimist, talks about hitchhiking across Europe in the ‘80s and ‘90s, thumbing rides from his home in Stuttgart, Germany to art museums around Europe. He also also talks about growing up the child of Turkish immigrants in Germany, the excitement of finally owning the work of artists he’s admired for decades, the legendary exploits of Peggy Guggenheim and a diet he swears by that he says lets him lose weight and still indulge his sweet tooth.
Chris Bergeron wasn’t sure how the pitch would go. The proposal didn’t worry her. She and her team at Cossette, the Canadian communications and marketing agency, had prepared a good one. But she had worked with this client before, and that was the problem. They knew her as Christophe—a man. Now VP of content experience at the agency, Bergeron, a trans woman, recalls this moment as a turning point in her life.
Terri Meyer is co-founder and co-CEO of Terri & Sandy, the agency she runs with her best friend Sandy Greenberg. She talks about how she gets away from the pressures of agency management to recharge, as well as the dystopian allure of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the bright nostalgia of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the acquired taste of gefilte fish.
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Assembly’s Michael Fanuele on Oxford debate, the persuasive power of U2—and having Ted Cruz as a nemesis—Ad Age Ad Block
Michael Fanuele, president of MDC media agency Assembly, talks about competing in formal debate in high school and college, including against future Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He also weighs in on the best Italian comfort food, why the data says country music is better than rock ‘n’ roll and handicaps the persuasive messaging in the Democratic primary.
Paul Charney is CEO and founder of Funworks, an agency that incorporates sketch and improv comedians into the creative process. He talks about founding Killing My Lobster, a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco. Charney also weighs in on the trauma-inducing laughs of Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” the tight storytelling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and drafts a “Saturday Night Live” fantasy cast.
Veronica Parker-Hahn, SVP, growth & innovation at Effie Worldwide, talks about how she and her husband learned how to renovate their home—and even prepare for having a baby—all from do-it-yourself videos on YouTube. She also geeks out about “Star Trek: Discovery” and its predecessors, explains why Miles Morales and “Into the Spider-Verse” are the best incarnations of Spider-Man and sings a local jingle from Philly.