‘Be true to yourself’: Exceptional Women of the World featuring Kathleen Prior-Louis, SteelHouse

Kathleen Prior-Louis, VP and head of talent, SteelHouse

Gucci. BMW. The radio biz. Acting. Stunt-driving. All of those things point to talent acquisition, right?

To the naked eye, this tapas of jobs and roles would seem out of place, but not at all for Kathleen Prior-Louis, VP and head of talent for Los Angeles-based SteelHouse. This first act set the stage for act two: her time digging into getting the most out of a wide range of talent.

This eclectic blend of experiences makes an awful lot of sense when you see what Prior-Louis has learned along the way — whether that was in front of the camera or behind the scenes. What has come out of this mishmash is a true sense of empathy and understanding and knowing what is beyond the page when it comes to building a talented team.

Endlessly optimistic, Prior-Louis is a big fan of intuition, gut and instinct. That triumvirate affords an open, flexible mind and heart — and a willingness to see the potential in, not only herself, but others that she works with and recruits. Reading between the lines, she is well-equipped, and armed with her wide-ranging experiences, to not place people, especially talented people, into ineffective or unproductive boxes.

Prior-Louis’s fearlessness and good nature is infectious and the risks that she has, and continues to take, are testament to her many and unique accomplishments — some yet to be realized — in an interesting and fascinating career.

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.

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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