our advisory board
Nancy Hill, Founder and CEO of Media Sherpas
“In my years running the 4As and now working directly with agencies, I see first hand the daily struggle to staff in a way that both fits assignments and remains profitable, Combine that with a new workforce that doesn’t necessarily want to work traditional agency hours and you’ve got a headache trying to ensure that you can deliver against any scope of work. I am so impressed with what We Are Rosie has built to meet these needs in such a short time. Truly future focused with inclusion, flexibility and transparency at its core, We Are Rosie will disrupt the way we think of how we put the right people in the right room at the right time to get (shit) work done.”
As the founder of Media Sherpas, and a former President and CEO of the 4A’s, Nancy Hill brings with her a vast, storied, and awarded amount of advertising and marketing experience. She began her career in advertising in 1983 at Doner/Baltimore, where she spent 10 years. This was followed by work at TBWAChiatDay in both St. Louis and Los Angeles, before moving to San Francisco to lead Goldberg Moser O’Neill, which became Hill Holliday in 2001. After that, she joined BBDO where she was executive vice president and managing director for New York, overseeing several of the agency’s largest accounts. Her most recent position prior to joining the 4A’s was Chief Executive Officer of Lowe New York.
In April 2013, Nancy was named one of Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising History and was honored as a Woman to Watch by Ad Age. The next year, she was recognized by AWNY (Now known as She Runs It) with its Changing the Game Award. Both the Arthritis Foundation and the Girl Scouts named her as a Woman of Distinction. The 3% Conference honored Nancy in 2017 with an annual award in her name, recognizing women who give back to other women as “Nancy has always done”.
Seth Hittman, Co-founder, General Partner, Advisor
“After selling my own start-up to Publicis Groupe, I have been very fortunate to be able to focus my time and energy on supporting purpose-driven startups that are changing the game. Stephanie Nadi Olson has the laser-focus and vision that is required to shift the collective mindset of an industry. Her desire to bring flexible work to marketing & advertising is unparalleled and her commitment to change is clearly demonstrated in the rapid growth of the business to date. There is no doubt that We Are Rosie has what it takes to go the distance in this space, while changing lives along the way. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting venture.”
Seth Hittman has spent the last few years mentoring, operating and investing in numerous start-ups across the media and technology space. Some of those include Square Roots, Front Office Sports and Transmit.Live. Previously Mr. Hittman served as the Co-Founder and CEO of RUN, Inc. Mr. Hittman was responsible for planning and implementing RUN, Inc.’s strategic direction, overseeing business development and delivering on the company’s vision. RUN, Inc. was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2014. With this, he has experienced both the buying and selling sides of the digital media industry. He also served as the National Vice President of Digital Sales for FOX News Channel, overseeing the national and network sales teams.
Cindy Gallop, Consultant and Entrepreneur
“I’ve seen the future of our industry, and it’s WeAreRosie. I could not be more excited about the opportunity to advise the women who are really making shit happen to make this industry one that we all want to work in and will thrive in.”
Cindy Gallop brings with her over 30 years in brand-building, marketing and advertising experience. This experience, combined with her wit and intellect, have sealed her reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at events around the world on a variety of topics. Her talks on the future of advertising and marketing have been tweeted as: ‘The most brilliant speech on the future of advertising ever – not the usual buzzword-laden bullshit’; ‘Watching @cindygallop slice and dice the ad industry status quo like a ginsu knife. #purewin’; and ‘There must be a DeLorean parked outside, because Cindy Gallop is from the FUTURE!’ InfluencerCon NYC introduced her as ‘Cindy Gallop is the truth Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle.’ Cindy is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion in advertising, tech and business – she was Jury President at CannesLions 2015 for the inaugural Glass Lion awards, proposed by Sheryl Sandberg to celebrate advertising that shatters gender stereotypes in advertising, and in 2017 was turned by digital agency R/GA into a chatbot for Equal Pay Day that helps women ask for a raise – search AskCindyGallop on Facebook and chat to CindyBot on Facebook Messenger. Cindy recently partnered with AARP on their DisruptAging initiative to challenge and change ageism. You can follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.
Armin Molavi, VP/Global Media Director for Hilton
“The advertising world is changing — brands, agencies and talent, all need to become more flexible, more malleable, more responsive; and quite frankly the many agencies are not keeping up. The unfortunate by-product of their lagging is many swaths of top talent are leaving the industry in search of that flexibility. We Are Rosie has built the model that embraces the best of the best in talent. Any client who thinks a flexible agency model means less than top tier talent, will quickly find out their assumptions are wrong.”
Armin is the Global Head of Media for Hilton and all 17 of their brands. Currently reimagining their go-to-market approach across all channels and all markets, he is a true marketing and media leader driving business change in the organization. Prior to Hilton, Armin spent 18+ years on the agency side at Digitas, Arnold Worldwide, and Havas Media. A proven and time-tested marketing executive whose success has been driven by a business-first mindset in building brand strategy and delivering consumer engagement programs that result in hitting revenue targets. His diverse and cross-industry experiences from CPG, Retail, Travel and Financial Services create a true depth of brand expertise and analytics acumen for driving change and innovation down through organizations and effective communications up to CXO and Board management. A truly unique hybrid of brand, strategy, digital and media who never backs down from a challenge, both professionally and personally. When he’s not with his twins and husband, he’s training in a bid to qualify for the Boston Marathon (his 11th marathon total).
Stephen Wakeling, CEO & Co-founder Phobio
“We Are Rosie is a breath of fresh air, especially when compared with all the fluff and nonsense people have come to expect from consulting companies these days. They are reacting to the flaws in the current system and responding with a truly holistic approach that is well-suited for both independent contractors and the brands who need them. I’m excited to be involved with this forward-thinking group.”
Stephen Wakeling is a wireless industry entrepreneur with a 10-year track record of developing disruptive, technology-powered services. Since 2010 his company, Phobio, has created services that have been instrumental in improving device trade-in experiences and streamlining workforce communications within retail. Phobio has also seen triple-digit growth over the last eight years and has earned the rank of 1,137 on the 2018 Inc. ‘5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America’ list.