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In Conversation with Mallory Jones

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Mallory Jones shares why strategy has always been her passion, whether in business or on the basketball court

In Conversation with Mallory Jones

Integrated strategy director Mallory Jones shares what inspires her and her biggest career accomplishment to date which has creatively empowered children across the world.  

Q> Tell us your career path. Where did you start vs. where you are now? 

Mallory> I started off my career as an account associate at pre-Wunderman JWT working on the Newell Brands account. After about a year and a half in that role, I realised that my passion lay in strategy, so I quit my job so that I could focus 100% on trying to find the right role. After a lot of faith and a little luck, I started my first day at mcgarrybowen as an associate strategist roughly three months later. Now, just over four years after that first day, I am a strategy director and leading a team that works across several accounts.    

Q> How would you explain your job to a small child?  

Mallory> When someone has a problem, it’s my job to figure out the best way to help them fix it. So, it’s almost like a handy man, but for business. But really, I get paid to think all day – and that’s pretty cool.  

Q> What is your biggest career accomplishment thus far? 

Mallory> I helped lead the team that created the Crayola Colours of the World campaign that ended up winning the agency’s first gold Effie last year and being a contender for a Grand Effie. But regardless of the accolades, it was amazing to work on something that was so important and very personal: Helping to give every child the power to colour themselves into the world. 

Q> What is something that inspires you? 

Mallory> Right now, my biggest source of inspiration at work is watching the team that I hired come into themselves as humans and strategists. They’re great people, so it’s just really fun to see them progress every single day with every challenge thrown our way.  

Q> What is your secret power? 

Mallory> My three-point game. Many who know me, know I played Division I basketball in college, but most don’t realise just how good my jump shot is…until it’s too late. 🙃 

Q> One thing that makes you happy? 

Mallory> The home my girlfriend and I are creating together – with the little yard in the back that will let me pretend I’m home in Virginia when I cut the grass.  

Q> What was your dream job when you were younger? 

Mallory> First WNBA player, then spy 👀. Whether or not my dream came true is classified. 😐  

Q> Bucket list item? 

Mallory> Write a *GOOD* prequel to the Harry Potter series. I have never met anyone who has read the books or listened to the audio books (#JimDale) as much as I have, so I know I would do it justice.  

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Dentsu Creative US, Fri, 13 May 2022 16:29:21 GMT