We sat down with road trip extraordinaire and marketing expert Jillian Newhard, Strategic Elements Vice President of Creative Services. Jillian brings more than 15 years of extensive experience in branding, marketing and change management to the firm’s nationwide clients. You can read our conversation below.
What was the most defining moment of your career?
Two moments come to mind when I look back at my career. The first was when I worked at ACT and moved from the marketing department to talent strategy. I never intended to work in a human resources department, but it was one of the best moves I made in my career. I learned and absorbed so much about the interworking of an organization.
The next defining moment was when I accepted the position at Strategic Elements. It has been such an exciting and challenging career shift. We have an incredibly talented team dedicated to helping our clients—I learn something new from them daily!
Do you have a go-to “pump up” song? If so, what is it?
I love all kinds of music, and my go-to jam depends on my mood, the season, the time of day and what I am doing. Anything from Trampled by Turtles has been at the top of my list lately!
How has your former position at ACT helped you with your work at Strategic Elements?
ACT allowed me to take on numerous roles, break out of my comfort zone and taught me the importance of building trust within a company. All these skills have been transferable to my role at Strategic Elements and have helped me to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives into the public affairs industry.
Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
My favorite trip would have to be my honeymoon– driving the shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. I’m a sucker for leaf peeping and road trips.
In your opinion, what makes good teamwork?
Trust, respect, and collaboration.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
How do you work to maintain a healthy work/life balance?
I have daily reminders to put my faith and family first and to set weekly goals to balance my workload with family priorities.