‘You have to experience exhilaration’: Exceptional Women of the World, featuring Pam Sullivan, MD, Maxus LA

Pam Sullivan, MD, Maxus LA

One of the hallmarks of work at Maxus Los Angeles is speed. Speed breeds momentum, momentum results in success and this is where Pam Sullivan, managing director of Maxus in LA, thrives.

Growing the media shop from a team of four in 2011 to a lofty place in the advertising continuum as less an order-taking endeavor and more a consultative powerhouse for clients, has demanded a pep in the step. But Maxus never sacrifices keeping the team engaged, giving them the tools and environment needed to excel, especially in the fast-paced word of entertainment, where the agency has firmly planted its flag.

Knowing how to navigate this ever-moving world helps engender confidence, something that Sullivan learned early on, especially after an incredibly awkward encounter with a client. The mother of two adopted children, Sullivan also preaches the importance of getting past fear, feeling that it is a roadblock to living and working confidently.

Through all of the exhilaration, which is an experience Sullivan holds dear, is a high level of gratitude, another value she holds in high esteem. Additionally, she believes strongly that empathy is one of the most valuable leadership skills because in part it builds understanding.

Deservedly proud of her accomplishments thus far, Sullivan is firmly in lockstep with Maxus global CEO, Lindsay Pattison, in their quest to continue to have an environment that is not just welcoming to women at any part of their career, but one that empowers both men and women to perform and live at their very best.

Exceptional Women of the World is a podcast that highlights and celebrates the great achievements, lives and POV of amazing women throughout the world of advertising, marketing, digital, tech and creativity. Started as Exceptional Women Out West, you can listen to previous episodes here. If you would like to nominate exceptional women to be part of the show, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/EWOWPitch.

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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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