‘We are responsible for the work we put into the world’: Exceptional Women Out West podcast featuring Keri Elmsly, ECD, Second Story

Accountability can be a rare commodity anywhere. Under the searing hot light of creative expectation and expression, advertising and marketing, in particular, can sometimes miss the mark. Keri Elmsly, executive creative director of Second Story in Portland, Oregon believes that accountability is serious. She embraces the challenge of breaking through the noise — and it shows in her work and leadership.

Elmsly’s point of view allows for experience and thoughtful wandering to lead the way — with unexpected moments catalyzing breakthrough thinking. Her work is steeped in the idea that limits constrain beauty and effectiveness. An advocate for testing, she knows that the right adjustments, even when work is “almost done,” can be transformative.

The word “immersive” often gets thrown about. But, in Elsmsly’s view, legitimate immersion is not a word — it’s a mission — and knowing when to trust those internally around her and outside of the industry is a key, secret weapon that allows people to make time fall away and be part of something, especially when brands are involved.

Enjoy our conversation filled with a unique journey that will encourage you to chart your own.

Exceptional Women Out West is a podcast that highlights and celebrates both the great achievement, lives and POV of amazing women in the Western US and Canada. Listen to previous episodes here. If you would like to nominate women out west to be part of the show, please contact North America Editor at Large, Doug Zanger.

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Doug Zanger

Doug Zanger is the Americas editor for The Drum. He leads the Americas editorial team’s content activity in the growing region. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is committed to sharing the most meaningful stories that benefit the global industry and its people. A Minnesota native, Zanger has covered a wide range of brands, issues and personalities, including Aloe Blacc, Seu Jorge, Wendy Clark, Susan Credle, Dan Wieden, Jeff Goodby and more. Fiercely dedicated to diversity, equality and talent, he has interviewed several women in leadership roles through his Exceptional Women of the World podcast.

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