Taylor Yarbrough

2012 honoree

I initially learned about the advertising industry through my colleague at Spelman University in Georgia. She was selected to be a part of the Associates Program at Ogilvy and couldn't stop raving about what an amazing industry it was. After that I began rigorously pursuing opportunities to break into the field. As a result, I was able to be selected to join Ogilvy in New York City as a part of their Craftsmen of Culture internship program.  It was during this experience that I truly got the opportunity to dive head first into the world of marketing and advertising.

As I navigate throughout my career I am aiming to continue to maintain a position that allows me to expose diverse people to a variety of opportunities in the marketing and creative industries. This is important to me because once I came to New York and spent the summer at Ogilvy - everything clicked. It was truly my dream job at that time and that's when I knew this was the field for me. This was the first step to the rest of my life. 

Looking back if I could give any advice to those who are looking to break into the industry I would say, to thine self be true. It is important to be who you are and accepted for it. That's when you know you belong somewhere. As a discerning, straight forward, and passionate young woman I am confident that I will one day have the opportunity to rise up and reach back to help those looking to get to where I am today.

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