Women in Advertising

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For all who identify as women. What problems do you face in this male-dominated field? How can we empower one another? 💪

Ladies ... I’m expecting and I am trying to put a baby registry together ... which isn’t easy considering everything is still closed. Can you please help with must haves. Thank you so much.

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I think I might be getting a job offer in the next few weeks. I’m excited about the role, but I also want to give my existing employer a bit of an implicit heads up, on the chance that they might be able to give me the title, salary bump and autonomy I’m being offered elsewhere. And out of respect for not wanting to blind side them in a difficult time. How would you start this discussion? It’s the 4th time I’ve been approached with a better title and better salary in the last year.

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My husband (dev) and I are ready to start our own thing (agency). We have a couple clients. And I don’t mean this as a joke... Where do we start?

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SAVE THE DATE: “Ask a Recruiter” Happy Hour WHAT: a new happy hour series to help people get back in the game and stand out in today’s market WHEN: Wednesday June 17th - 5PMEST WHO: Top recruiters from brands and agencies giving their sage advice and what you need to know about the people (hiring managers), the (hiring) process and the product (you & your resume / portfolio) Looking forward to seeing you there! - your co-hosts Tiara Puglisi, Bayyina Black & Joanna Serna

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Hello! I was laid off in March due to covid, and honestly it was a blessing. I was at a very toxic agency and was counting the days until my 1 year so I could leave. Im starting to interview again and I’m realizing, my confidence is shot. Before that I was at a healthy agency for a good amount of time and was very confident in my skills, received praise and has glowing reviews. But this toxic agency beat me down and left me questioning all my decisions. Any tips on building my confidence up?

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Hope everyone is doing well. Question: how do you think as an industry we can bring about real change to end inequality?

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Anyone else going through a breakup in the middle of all of this? Not fun. How to cope?

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There is a woman that I work with who I also follow on Instagram who has posted stories about white women every day for the last two weeks. The stories are always negative and talk about her hatred for white women, what white women do wrong, how dumb they are and what they need to learn. It’s starting to make me really uncomfortable, I have unfollowed her but now can’t stop thinking about it during meetings. Any advice?

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Had a direct push back on me when I reiterated what working hours meant today. Even told me that my boss said it was okay for him to sign online at whatever time he wanted. Every single time I’ve been challenged like this in my career, it’s been from a young male. I just feel so defeated.

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My manager is a woman, and she is always commenting on how I look in front of everyone - and it just gets so weird. Ex: on Zoom calls with everyone, she’ll call attention to my outfit, or to my extensions, or to my make up when it REALLY ISNT THAT BAD! Plus we Zoom with all other guys so it’s like UGH stop making it weird. And it’s never a straight forward compliment - it’ll be like “Hey arent you cold in that shirt?” *attention is automatically on my shirt”.CONT.

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I am overwhelmed. After months of COVID-19 horror, we are in the midst of a huge, essential, crucial fight for black lives. Taking this all in, while servicing the day-to-day needs of our client, from home, with a child, with chaos and catharsis and broken glass outside my window, then being asked to turn the latest turn of the crisis into “Cannes worthy” creative - that the brand will reject due to risk/it doesn’t move product...what actual hell is this? Time for a personal protest day, I say!

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Is the Fellow app worth paid membership to? Is anybody, especially those who aren’t high exposure creatives, getting career growth or really good mentorship? What’s your experience been?

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My company has no policy or plan for pregnant/nursing employees and no outline for maternity leave. I’m due in December and want to be aware of what is standard and considered fair before having “the talk” with my employer. Any advice is appreciated!

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Has anyone here used/had a good experience with BetterHelp? Looking for an affordable option for therapy, specifically for help with anxiety and self-confidence issues. Thanks!!

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Hi ladies of fishbowl. I got laid off today and I am trying to find sense in it - I was my agency’s most effective client partner and highest performer, and still I got cut. Any recommendations on what to do?

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Was told by higher ups to present work in a client meeting specifically because I’m a woman and they wanted to hear from a woman’s POV. My boss said he would do the set up and hand it over to me. He steamrolled the whole thing and I never even got to open my mouth. He apologized to me via slack during the meeting, but still proceeded to bogart the conversation. Should I send him a polite but firm email calling him out?

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Hi all - What are reasonable expectations to have of your direct manager? I’m (F) 3 years into my career and frequently perceive my manager (F) as unqualified and ineffective at her job. I am consciously aware these judgements may be rooted in some bias. Hoping to better understand the actual job requirements so I can check any biases and confirm any real deficits / red flags.

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I’m so unhappy at my company and I have been for awhile. In January when we won a new client I was promised I’d be owning the work but now I work “under” a Strategy Director who has been unprofessional, awful, and generally inept. I’m doing all the work to clean up the messes she’s making, but no one sees her mess and she gets the credit for my success. I’ve brought it up to leadership and they just say “we’re aware and we’re doing what we can” but it’s been months and no action has been taken.

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