Q&A with Cindy Gallop

Join industry legend and "The Michael Bay of Business" for an open and honest chat about life in advertising.

I'm going to negotiate my first salary soon. My agency is not in a great place financially.. Should I be OK with not getting a raise? What's a fair first bump? I love this place but want more 💸

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What is the best way to deal with latent sexism in the workforce. Stuff like promoting a woman, only to then hire a man to fill a newly created position over her. Effectively negating her promotion.

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Hi Cindy. I’m a straight white male who considers himself to be an ally. I have worked really hard to help women in my professional life (especially WOC) by hiring, referring, recruiting, & promoting

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Curious to know what your opinion is about Gillette’s Toxic Masculinity spot, and whether you thought it was genuine or just another brand attaching itself to a movement.

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Hey Cindy, I’m a big fan! What are your sources of inspiration, where do you look to keep up to date with global industry trends? Thanks! X

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Hello everyone - I’m here in our MakeLoveNotPorn office at NeueHouse Madison Square, NYC, looking forward to answering your questions! I’ll be dipping in and out around meetings. Ask Me Anything 🙂

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As an influencer of many in the movement towards equality, do you think it’s time to call for an end to using vague language that clearly stereotypes men instead of being specific? Continued -

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Hi! Seems like #MeToo has “cooled down”’. Do u think that = it’s “worked” & there’s less workplace harassment now or is it just our shit attention span at work? And were you okay w/ DMA’s “tactics"?

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I have an offer to go work abroad w a pay cut & an offer to go brand side in NY. I’m worried if I go abroad I’ll b going backwards, but I want the adventure. Should I save $ and try in a yr or leap?

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Are short term gains, quarterly business reports, and the push for constant profits creating a culture in which companies no longer invest in employees for the long term? Cheaper and fast over better?

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Cindy, what tips would you give for people managing people far older than themselves? On one hand, I could say, "Be professional, it's a non-issue." But on a human to human level, it's very different.

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Not a question, but just wanted to say: A couple years ago, when I was an underpaid junior, you did a Facebook messenger equal pay chatbot with R/GA for women to ask for the raises they deserve...

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Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 25 y/o self? What would you tell your 40 y/o self? And, pretending you had a teen daughter, what advice would you give her?

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How do I know if I’m mansplaining?

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Advertising is a classist industry. The norm (at least with creatives) is to take an internship right out of college and hope that you’ll get hired on or find a junior gig somewhere else. Cont...

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What assurances are there that the older industry workers now raising the ageism banner will ever address ethnic diversity, when so many ignored diversity for years until it affected them personally?

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Which is more important to help the industry and brands: Creativity or performance marketing?

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I’m an assertive and direct female. I’ve been praised for this management style and also scolded for being too direct (from women towards women)Advice on how to manage this? Im 33 +manage millennials

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If a brand such as the State Street Global Advisors offers to pay for your Cannes festival trip, would you take it?

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How to start a revolution in advertising among creative leaders and strategies to integrate global impact into campaigns and comms strategies. Solutions to brand challenges.

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