We are proud to name #MAIP2017 & 2018 Fellow Alicia Harris as the 2018 Clarence Leroy Holte MAIP Fellow of the Year. Learn more about Alicia's journey here:
For the past three summers I’ve worked to develop my love for strategy at some of the best agencies in the world including BBDO, Ogilvy and Droga5. Each agency has helped me to dig a layer deeper into the craft of strategy to uncover where my greatest strengths lie. I’m in love with the art of story-telling and the process of helping brands stand for something in society that is greater than their products and services.
Outside of advertising, I’ve focused my efforts on a seemingly simple yet convoluted goal: living my best life. I’m determined to see every shade of beauty that this world has to offer. Two summers ago I was one of the four students selected by my university to participate in the Kirk Scholars program which enabled me to study Mandarin Chinese for a full year and spend a month traveling throughout China.
Throughout those four weeks I felt alive and realized the importance of stepping outside of your
comfort zone and exploring all that the world has to offer. Stepping into a world that was so different from my own, one where no one understood me and I could barely understand them (despite a full year of Mandarin) taught me one of the greatest life and career lessons: seek first to understand then to be understood.
The past three years have been a whirlwind and have taught me the importance of believing in your dreams. As I now prepare to step into my first full time job as a strategist at Ogilvy’s New York headquarters, I am reminded of the mentors, friends and coworkers who have looked out for me along the way and MAIP is the root of many of these relationships. To my MAIP family, thank you so much for believing in me these past two years, I promise to leave my mark in this industry and to tirelessly use my voice and passion to inspire the generations that will follow me. Because now more than ever, MAIP matters!
Best wishes for the brightest future,