Food and drink has long-been the uniting social front for friends, family and strangers alike to share time together. For those who’ve dedicated their careers to envisioning, crafting and innovating in this space, it’s crucial to understand modern marketing’s seat at the table.
At this YoungStars held on Aug. 8 at RPA, we heard from a variety of young professionals in the Food & Beverage industry and learned about the vast challenges and successes in this highly competitive ecosystem.
Krista Simmons, Food and Travel Content Creator
Max Baumann, Founder, Just Chill
Andrea Borgen, GM/Owner, Barcito
Yong Kim, Co-Founder, Seoul Sausage
Michael Keller, Co-Owner and CEO, The Blending Lab
YoungStars is ThinkLA's quarterly panel discussion and mixer with diverse thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers, all under the age of 35, in the Los Angeles media, tech, and advertising industries.
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Friday, September 9, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As is true for all media platforms, gaming is undergoing rapid transformation. An industry which once held the attention of supposedly niche audiences is now capturing that of a much broader group. And last night, we called in the expert players to give us the inside scoop.
On this quarter's YoungStars panel and mixer, industry experts explored the topics which make for buzzworthy headlines and the public hungry for hacks: GAMING. Thank you to Forbes for sponsoring, Facebook for hosting us, and Grubhub for the delicious eats. We hope to see you at the next YoungStars! #ThinkStars
Thank you to all of our speakers: Alexander Krivicich, Founder, Super Bit Machine Luzu Games, Gaming Influencer, Maker Studios Naomi Ladizinsky, Chief Creative Officer, Nix Hydra Ryan McGarry, Client Partner, Gaming, Facebook Dana Pirkle, Integrated Marketing Manager, 3BLACKDOT
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Make updating LinkedIn a priority. It's your professional profile; it should look like your resume. Take time to write out your current job description and what you're looking for.
YOU are your biggest advocate. Let people know what's important to you so that they can help you achieve your goals.
Staying authentic can help with work/life balance and overall happiness. Authenticity begins with self-awareness: know who you are—your values,
emotions, and competencies—and how you're perceived by others.
Emails: use spell check, draft it without recipients until it's ready to send, don't
start with lower cases, use correct pronunciation and grammar, ask a coworker
to proof it.
Focus on the most difficult tasks early in the morning.
Take time to focus on you. You can work hard, but make time for yourself, however small.
In many jobs, there is no on or off switch. Try to set boundaries and stick to them.
In a perfect world, we would work for eight hours, sleep for eight, and enjoy life for eight. But finding fulfillment through work you love can make all the difference toward achieving that balance.
Don't just network when you need something, it's a mutual exchange - offer to help first.
Jim Baudino | VP of Business Development, Merry Jane Media
Devin Desjarlais | Director of Communications, Omelet
Meaghan Dost, Associate Director of Recruiting, CP+B
Ryan Fey | Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Omelet
Jodi Greenstein | HR Director, Mindshare
Katie Grosvenor, City Manager, Creative Circle
Andrea Lance, Talent Manager, RPA
Brian Lovell | CEO, RED Interactive
Don Lupo | SVP, Director of Digital Production, Dailey
Sara Michelson, VP, Senior Human Resources Manager, Deutsch Advertising
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016
On Thursday, May 19, we welcomed panelists: Freya Estreller of Coolhaus & Ludlows Cocktail Co., Adam Szajgin of 72andSunny, Vishal Lugani of Greycroft Partners and Ann Wang of Enrou to discuss their careers, passions and balancing the two. The panel was moderated by Natalie Robehmed, a staff writer at Forbes. Here are some of the highlights. #thinkStars
On Being a Leader…
"Understand what motivates someone then reward and incentivize their progress". – Freya Estreller
"The verticals that make us success: ambition, talent, dedication and hard work. Each warrants a different kind of reward." Adam Szajgin
"If you're going to start a business, you have to find a way to pay yourself, otherwise it's a hobby." - Freya Estreller
On Finding Balance…
"Everything can seem urgent, but it's really not. If you're not going to be effective, take the day off and don't feel guilty about it." - Freya Estreller
"To unplug, spend time with people that are doing different things." - Vishal Lugani
"It's okay to say 'I need a break.'" – Freya Estreller
"You work 24/7 when you've started a company, so you have to find balance where you feel inspired. Give yourself time to be curious in your own space." – Ann Wang
"How to make networking not boring? Don't hang out with people you don't want to be around." - Adam Szajgin
On Finding Your Passions…
"Throw yourself into uncomfortable situations. That will help you find out what you're passionate about." - Freya Estreller
"Know what gets you excited most about your day. You probably already know, just dig deeper. And build an incredible network. Say yes to every opportunity when you're searching and take wonder around you." – Ann Wang
"Sometimes it's right in front of you. Cut through the noise and be honest with yourself." - Vishal Lugani
"Try stuff and see if you like it. It's like finding your way in a forest - figure it out fast or you may die at some point. But in life, you have more time." - Adam Szajgin
What a fantastic evening! Thank you to all that attended our YoungStars panel & mixer on 2/4 & big thank you to Forbes, Atom Factory, Smashd, Hennessy, the panelists & our esteemed team of fabulous volunteers. We're on an exciting journey with YoungStars and look forward to sharing more unique evenings with you. #thinkStars
"If it doesn't set your soul on fire, you're wasting your time" - Bing Chen, CCO, Victorious
"Successful people have a squad; someone for hype, reality check, financial advice, to commiserate and to celebrate". - Jaclyn Johnson, CEO, Create + Cultivate & (No Subject)
"Starting a company is less learning about the business, more about yourself." - Joe Matsushima, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Denizen Company
"When you're told you're not good enough, take that negative energy and use it as motivation." - Joel Jensen, Co-Founder & Creative Director, HelloDenizen & Denizen Company
ThinkLA has done it again, putting on its first quarterly YoungStars event! This is a brand new event put on by the Young Professionals of ThinkLA. Its goal is to educate and inspire with a Q&A panel of creative, intelligent, and successful entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
This first event was hosted at OMD with a great turnout. The moderator, Liz Plank, Senior Editor at Mic.com, did a phenomenal job leading the panel. She was accompanied by three speakers: Natasha Case, Co-Founder of Coolhaus, Brian Wong, Founder & CEO of Kiip, and Kai Wright, Director of Communication at Atom Factory.
Liz began the event by asking each speaker where they were 5 years ago, and if they ever imagined where they would be today. Right off the bat, it was amazing to hear the panel discuss the completely different paths they took, which truly makes the point that there is not just one right way to become successful. Natasha spoke of how it was helpful to have the security of more typical employment, which allowed her to feel comfortable developing Coolhaus in her spare time. Brian, on the other hand, had been laid off and it was this lack of security that allowed him to explore and develop his ideas for Kiip. Finally, Kai was in a transition period and spent it travelling the world – the result of which was exploration of both self and ideas for the future.
Though these three had completely different paths that led them to where they are today, they share a common thread: the importance of curiosity and creativity, finding something you believe in and going with it.
A couple of key points included Brian's idea of generating one's own serendipity by putting oneself in situations that hold the potential for good things to happen. In addition, he strongly believes in going to museums and art galleries as they are "brain vitamins" for our creativity. Kai truly believes in having a work/life balance. He finds for himself that it is important to be able to know when to go into overdrive, and equally important to know when to turn off. Finally, Natasha believes that there is no reason that work shouldn't be fun.
Overall, YoungStars was an awesome and successful event and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next one in January!
Assistant Digital Media Planner
Thank you to our speakers:
Natasha Case, Co-Founder, Coolhaus
Brian Wong, Founder & CEO, Kiip
Kai Wright, Director of Communication, Atom Factory
Liz Plank, Senior Editor, Mic.com (moderator)