I believe in perfect fits, I believe in destiny, I believe in team, I believe in todos un pueblo, I believe in passionate pursuits, I believe in leadership, I believe in living with a smile and I believe in believing! In truth, I believe that my career direction may have actually begun in a small theatre in Lima, Peru. It was there in ’65 that I saw “A Hard Days Night” by The Beatles.
I take to heart what Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” You see, I am either totally crazy or a hopelessly romantic. From an early age, I was always interested in communications, always seeking new experiences. After graduating from college in my native Spain, I got the opportunity to come to the States… without knowing a word of English… without knowing a soul… well maybe one. I said, what’s there to fear? And the rest is history.
Master of the Written Word
I have always been a writer. Some of my earliest memories are of writing poems alone in my bedroom. When I was 17, I was hanging out with a high school friend who was home on vacation from college. I asked what he was studying and he replied “Mass Communications.” My long running infatuation with him led me to coo, “Me too,” even as I wondered what Mass Communications meant.
Senior Account Executive
Working in account service, I have learned that some of the most successful account executives are those who are able to anticipate. Those who can anticipate a client’s request, a question or problem before it arises are able to build their client’s trust and create a strong relationship with them. While it is impossible to predict the future (although who wouldn’t want to be able to do that), I have always made it a goal of mine to be able to try and anticipate my client’s needs. I have worked on accounts across a wide variety of industries without having a background in them but have always prided myself on providing outstanding client service because of my personality, my organization skills and my ability to anticipate. I am excited to work at Elevation with some of the most talented individuals and be able to grow and learn with them on this adventure.
Account Project Coordinator
One of my high school English teachers use to quote Jeanette Winterson, “Do it from the heart or not at all”. I try to incorporate these famous words into everything I do, whether it’s in my work or attempting a 6:00am Pilates class. It also gave me enough courage to start a new adventure in D.C. with my Elevation
I come from an artistically-inclined Swiss family: my father painted and sculpted throughout his life, my mother is a writer, my uncle has designed retail display windows and dabbled in interior decoration.
Human Resource Manager
With an academic and career background in administration, Cecilia celebrates +18 years of experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting. She has worked both with the private sector and government agencies. At Elevation, Cecilia contributes to the development and implementation of the agency’s policies and procedures, manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs, and practices within the Washington-DC-based advertising agency. Ceci shares with every good listener how much she enjoys hiking, making jewelry, traveling to her motherland, El Salvador, and spending time with her dogs – Valentino & Snow -. She is the one with the greatest smile and the most contagious laugh at the office. And, as Eleanor Roosevelt would say, she is the person using her head to handle herself and her heart to handle others.
My parents originate from Bolivia and Ireland but I was born in Maryland. I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. I have always had a strong history of budgeting finances for friends and family which I used as my inspiration for my current career path. Helping those around me to get to their financial goals is something I take tremendous pride in.
Office Administrator/Exec. Assistant
I grew up in Northern Virginia, Second-generation Bolivian. I joined Elevation in 2013 as Administrative Assistant and then became Office Administrator/Executive Assistant. I am responsible for overall
coordination of a broad range of services and resources that allow the agency to operate efficiently. Working in an environment that embraces the value of social and cultural diversity has been of high importance to my professional and personal growth. I am very fortunate and honored to work with people from all over the world that share the same philosophy.
Elevation Family Member
In business it is important to be honest with yourself and with others, including fellow workers, vendors, customers, etc. I enjoy looking at the business cycle from a predictive nature, always attempting to identify an ideal response depending on what life will throw at you. Understanding what drives a process and what levers can be moved in order to yield an optimal result, is the key to success. My experience in strategic planning, predictive analysis, finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, senior management mentoring and growth driven process evolution have been a pleasure to employ at and share with the Elevation family.
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“Do or do not, there is no try.” Though that was said by a little green puppet in Star Wars, I live my life by this quote and challenge the Elevation team to hold me to it daily, even those unfamiliar with the wise words of Yoda.
When I was a little kid I wanted to be a soccer player. Then a pilot. Then a priest. Then a fireman. Then an actor. Then a drummer. Suddenly, I was 19 years old and had a blank page in front of me. I’ve been in advertising since then. And I must say, I enjoyed (and enjoy) every minute of it. I’m from Argentina, so it’s expected that I will talk about the things that I’m most proud of. As a creative director, I’m proud of the people I work with.
I’m proud of the collaborative spirit, the laughs, the long nights, the brainstormings in which we replace the words “I” and “no” with “we” and “what if”. I’m proud of the results that we achieve together with our clients (yes, I’m a creative director and I’m actually saying that).
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Happy and Proud Cuban. In love with cheese and in love with life, but who isn’t?
As a curiosity-driven person who is certain that work should be mostly about enjoyment, I find amusement in the lines between copywriting and digital marketing. With both a passion for witty writing and an interest in all-things-tech, I usually find myself fighting for environmental and social causes, encouraging brands to transform their go-to-market approaches to deliver benefits for the company, the environment, and for society.