Brittany Myers is a multidisciplinary researcher and strategist. Her nontraditional path started over 13 years ago in architectural design, conducting robust field research, and she recently started a new job within the healthcare space in New York City where she lives with her family. She is a Fishbowl community leader for the Strategy & Planning bowl.
What’s the one thing you’re proud of that’s not on your resume?
Mothering a 3 year old.
What’s the one thing you’d want to improve in your industry?
This is a hard question to answer in a sentence, but perhaps the egotism, which often leads to an inability to work together effectively.
What’s your go-to fun fact during ice breakers?
I’m not a big fan of sitting still all day, and have campaigned to make “walking meetings” a thing at just about every company I’ve worked at.
Who’s your career crush?
BJ Miller; Tricia Wong; David Kelley
What’s the luckiest moment you had in your career?
I feel really grateful for the career I’ve had so far, it’s by no means been typical or traditional but I’m actually kind of proud of that (though I haven’t always felt this way). I’ve had lots of adventures. If I had to pick one, I’d say Pompei AD (everything I learned there, and all the people I met, many of which are still close).
What’s the worst mistake you’ve made at work?
Leaving a great job for a “better” one because they were offering more $. Turned out to be a terrible fit and my career went through a rough patch as a result.
What’s your favorite industry jargon? Least favorite?
- Empathy – I strive for empathy in the truest sense of the word in the work I do, I think it’s extremely important as a human and in this profession
- Least favorite: there’s a lot, but I am not a big fan of the word “branding“, it’s misused and also overused. A brand is something that’s built, achieved based on a strategy, not an action (thank you Austin McGhie; he’d left Sterling shortly before I was there but his teachings were still hugely influential).
Which moment set you the career path you’re on today?
A year after undergrad I went to work for Ron Pompei at Pompei AD. It’s where I learned the foundation of research and strategy within the design process, the simple practicality of its value. The human-centered approach we took (which felt revolutionary in the early 2000s) connected with something deep inside myself and I felt honored to be a part of that work. It’s most definitely why I pursued strategy and it’s shaped me profoundly as a strategist.
One thing you love that everyone hates:
Marmite (well most ppl outside of the UK, Australia and NZ).
What do you want to drive forward in your community?
Community! There really hasn’t been one throughout my first decade in this field. So I see a tons of value in nurturing a space where people can ask questions and share, anonymously or not, that ultimately help us all be better at what we do.
What’s one of your favorite convos from Fishbowl?
Loved this question. Sparked a great conversation:
If you weren’t in your industry, what would you do?
Psychotherapy; Wilderness EMT.
Describe a moment where you experienced inequality in your career.
Early in my career, inappropriate sexual behavior from a much older boss; more recently, lost a big opportunity because the company’s founder doubted my commitment due to the fact that I decided to have a baby.
What do you love about your job?
I get to lean into my innate curiosity about people and human behavior, hopefully I also get to make things better for people, whether it be the way a space is designed, or the way an offering is communicated.
Describe the best boss you’ve ever had.
Someone I worked for on a number of occasions as an independent consultant. It has been one of my career’s great wins getting to know her and work with her. As a boss, she was very communicative, honest, and really gave me a lot of runway
Favorite Instagram/Twitter account(s)?
Anything that gets me stoked on the things I like to do outside of work.
What’s one piece of work you’re the most proud of?
Salt at Kaka’ako.
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