Bragging rights in agencies typically belong to those who work vampire hours and never cry uncle. Not anymore... Now the future is all about results, collaboration and feeding the souls of creative folks by achieving a successful work/life blend. Hear from two experts about work/life success stories that are real and actionable. Before you assume "I could never pull this off at my agency," let Sally and Jenn give you the tools and inspiration to make change happen.
Sally Thornton, Founder, Forshay
Jenn Maer, Design Director, IDEO
Jenn joined IDEO with over 10 years of ad agency creative experience, and now leads brand-focused projects for clients as diverse as Campbell’s, Marriott, and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She combines a passion for language with an obsession for pop culture, and firmly believes the best ideas come to life during long walks or hot showers. When she’s not writing or strategizing, Jenn fronts IDEO’s all-employee rock band, which is, rather unfortunately, named “Fishlocker.” (She swears she didn’t name the band.)
Sally Thornton founded Forshay to build a new business model for how top talent can engage with some of the Bay Area’s most progressive companies, through an on-demand model that provides ‘just enough’ structure to support their best work, or through direct-hire opportunities. Sally has extensive experience addressing the unique talent needs of the Bay Area’s most remarkable companies, having worked with iconic leaders such as Genentech and Levi Strauss, rapid-growth start ups including ngmoco:) and Sonos, and radically creative companies like Method Home and IDEO. Prior to creating Forshay, Sally co-founded Flexperience in 2006, growing it into a nationally acclaimed talent firm that was named in 2010 to San Francisco Business Times’ "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies".As a thought leader on work and talent, Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, KQED radio, Forbes, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, Entrepreneur.com, ABC’s View From the Bay, and BNET.com. She has presented to audiences ranging from large business conferences to guest lectures at both Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the topics of talent recruitment and engagement strategies, how to increase the number of women in leadership, and how to apply research on happiness & meaningfulness into a practical work/life blend. She supports other women entrepreneurs through her leadership roles at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, UC Hastings WorkLife Law Board, and in her Board of Advisor role at two start ups: RallyOn, Inc. and SkinnyScoop.com.