How did you feel when you found out your colleagues had chosen you to receive the Kennedy award?
As I wrote to my colleagues in a thank you email, this is how I felt: WOW. I truly 100% did not see that coming. It's crazy how many emotions it brought up in me. I am still reeling from it all. I felt shocked, confused, humbled, embarrassed, honored, touched, guilty and shaky (in that exact order).
Which of the Kennedy Day tenets speaks to you the most and why?
I would have to say that my favorite Kennedy Day tenet would have to be: “Misfits Rule”. No other way I could have won this amazing prize if that was not one of his tenets. :-)
What is one thing everyone can do to live more like Kennedy did?
I think just accepting that everyone is an individual and everyone has something to bring to the table. Treat everyone equally. Everyone deserves a chance and everyone is important!
As a recipient of the Kennedy award, you get to visit another city and office in the W+K network - which office do you most want to visit and why?
Oh my goodness, so generous!!!!! I would have to say I’d choose the Tokyo office because everyone I ever speak to says how wonderful it is there. It's the most different of all the agencies to what I'm used to here in Amsterdam. Also, 33 years ago I visited Tokyo on a two month work contract but I was too young to appreciate it. I stayed in my flat there counting my days til I went home. So regretful in retrospect. What a fool! I'm a different person now….I’m ready for take two! Haha Tokyo is so wonderfully ALIVE!!! Just get OUT INTO IT!
Did you know David Kennedy? If you did, what was one of your favorite memories of him? If you didn’t, what’s your favorite thing you’ve heard about him?
I personally did not know Kennedy but I definitely knew his very chilled voice on the phone. I was struck by how he would call our Amsterdam Office simply to catch up with an old colleague that he knew from Portland. But before I transferred the call, he would take the time to ask me not only how I was, but WHO I was. That says a lot about him.
The Kennedy awards at their core are about recognizing people, initiatives and programs. In that spirit, give someone or a program at W+K a shoutout to close us out.
I think I am going to shout out to an upcoming workshop that our office has organized for us called the Courageous Conversations, which I am very much looking forward to. Glenn Singleton will give us all a full two day (!!!) workshop about achieving racial equity, which is a very long overdue conversation in today’s world.
If I had to do a shout out to a person, I think I would choose our art director Craig Williams. He is zany as all get out, a creative, sharp, dedicated, workaholic, a true believer of our office and has worked here longer than I have which is a looong time. He is absolutely nuts, so his spirit definitely belongs here and I defy anyone else to tell me otherwise. Thank you!!!!!