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    PHM Celebrates Women’s History Month

    March 21, 2022
    Posted by Publicis Health Media

    Each March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s a time to reflect on how women have contributed to society through their impact on culture, government, business, healthcare, advertising and so much more. At PHM, we celebrate the women who have made these contributions to our business and culture.  

    Throughout PHM’s history, women have impacted our company and contributed to its growth in exceptional ways. The women of our company are insightful, strategic, experienced and visionary. They never back down from a challenge and serve as role models for the young people who work at our agency every day.

    To celebrate Women’s History Month, we asked some of these women about their time at PHM, and the women who have impacted them.


    How long have you been with PHM?

    I started in November 2007, so over 14 years. I believe I am the most tenured at PHM (without a break). When I started, there were maybe eight other people on the media team, and we were part of Digitas Health at the time.

    What do you enjoy most about working at PHM?

    There are a couple things I enjoy most at PHM. First and foremost, are the people. Every day I learn something new from somebody, and that is really not an exaggeration. There are so many smart people here—from those who are data geeks, to those who are fantastic with client management. Once you strike up a conversation, you find there is so much you don’t know.

    Next is company culture. The pandemic actually brought, and continues to bring out the best in PHM and Publicis Health culture. Leaders at all levels were incredibly understanding and the company was tremendously accommodating, to the point where my industry colleagues elsewhere were greatly jealous and I had to stop bragging!

    Finally, even though we have grown so much, we still have an entrepreneurial spirit in our DNA. I love the fact that if you have an idea, as long as it’s within reason, you can plan and execute on it with support.

    What has kept you at PHM for so long?

    It is the variety of projects I get to work on, and the clients and therapeutic categories I was able to work with. And I get to try new things, all the time. I am never bored.

    If you have switched roles/job functions during your time at PHM, what led you to make that change?

    I transitioned from managing a portfolio of clients to leading the research capability in August 2020. I love solving problems through research—it is exciting to me. I believe there is always an answer to any question, you just need to know where to look, and be creative about it. So when the role of the Research lead opened up, I was excited to take it on since it matches what I am passionate about. There is so much knowledge and data out there that can be impactful to us, our clients and the work we do. I love being able to synthesize all this into practical and usable info for the teams to leverage so they look smart in front of their clients.

    Who is your female role model?

    I actually don’t have a particular female role model. I have encountered so many incredible women both in my personal and professional life, whom I can always learn something from. For example, on the non-profit boards I serve on, I have learned from other female leaders how to be assertive and how to get your point across, among other things. On the advocacy front, I have learned—from those who have done this way longer than I—how to be incredibly patient without losing your fire.

    What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

    I think it’s somewhat silly that we only dedicate one month in the year to celebrate women’s history. We need to evolve our perspective so that every month is Women’s History Month, that whatever we do is called “history,” and not “women’s history.”


    How long have you been with PHM?

    Six years!

    What do you enjoy most about working at PHM?

    I love all the people at PHM. It’s the thing I enjoy the most about working here, but also what has kept me at PHM for so long!

    If you have switched roles/job functions during your time at PHM, what led you to make that change?

    I haven’t switched roles at PHM, but I did come from a sister Publicis agency. I worked on healthcare accounts at that other agency, and when the opportunity came up to work at PHM, I jumped at the chance to learn from the best!

    Who is your female role model?

    My Grandma is my role model. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but the more I reflect on our relationship and the more I learn about her story, the more I respect and look to emulate her. She was a pillar in her community, the matriarch of our family,  generous with her time and resources and loved unconditionally. #badass

    What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

    It’s a time to celebrate all the women that have come before us, and their accomplishments that have allowed females to be where we are today. It’s also a time to toast to the women of today and the future, that will someday make history and change the world.


    How long have you been with PHM?

    Since its inception, and even before that! I was part of the media team at Digitas Health—so, 12+ years.

    What do you enjoy most about working at PHM?

    The way it continues to grow and change, giving all of us new opportunities to get involved—a new client, a changing media landscape, Publicis Groupe opportunities, etc. Things do not stay the same and I find that exciting.

    What has kept you at PHM for so long?

    The people. Especially during the last two years of working from home.  

    If you have switched roles/job functions during your time at PHM, what led you to make that change? 

    I have switched roles several times at PHM. I grew up in media planning, then widened my skills by growing new capabilities and helping to operationalize the way we work. This naturally led to a role in product, which is really just an amalgamation of those two roles in helping re-imagine media for health and wellness. I enjoy taking on new challenges which is what organically led to those changes. I have always had side hustles at work, and those eventually turned into new career paths.

    Who is your female role model?

    I do not have a singular role model, but have been buoyed by people who shaped my perspective and choices. My mother and her perseverance, my sister and friends who have grown up with me and the women I have gotten the opportunity to work with. And the voices of women in the world (music, books, art, film) that push me to reflect—way too many to name but a few favorites include Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, Oprah, Tiny Fey, Greta Gerwig, Fiona Apple and Japanese Breakfast.

    What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

    It opens a space for the stories of women to be deliberately shared. And reminds us that though we have come very far, we still have a ways to go in certain areas of life to be equal.


    How long have you been with PHM?

    I’m two months from my six-year anniversary!

    What do you enjoy most about working at PHM?

    It’s such a cliché, but the people. The loveliest, most generous and most thoughtful people work here.  

    What has kept you at PHM for so long?

    I can point to a bunch of things: the empowerment I felt from day one, the awesome people I mentioned above, PHM’s mission and vision and our culture of volunteerism and service. 

    If you have switched roles/job functions during your time at PHM, what led you to make that change? 

    I moved from a senior media/account leadership role into this new Learning, Culture and CSR role several months ago. I’ve been involved in PHM’s culture from my first day here, whether planning parties or coming up with happy hour themes. I’m also very process-oriented, so writing up training documents comes pretty easily. As PHM grew, I saw an opportunity to unite our multiple offices (and now, remote and hybrid employees) under a single cultural umbrella and standardize our training programs across locations. Now, I get to work with people across PHM on a lot of interesting projects. The more time I spend in this role, the more opportunities and applications I see for it at PHM.

    Who is your female role model? 

    Bozoma Saint John, Netflix CMO, formerly of Uber, PepsiCo, Apple and Endeavor. I don’t know her personally, I just wish I did!  She’s the most fearless woman I can think of. She’s smart and savvy about how women should advocate for themselves in business. I try to read everything she writes and watch everything she’s featured in. She also has an amazing wardrobe.

    What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

    It means welcoming and honoring all women, whether non-binary femmes, transwomen or however they identify themselves. It means women uplifting women and rejecting the patriarchal notion that we need to put each other down in order to succeed.


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