I had the great fortune to speak to a group of mostly junior and senior advertising students at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) this past Saturday. The talk was focused on entrepreneurship and marketing, was very informal (no slides, just my iPad so I could look at some notes here and there) and conversational.
The questions I got ranged from advice about starting a company, pitching work, the difference between agency and corporate jobs, digital and social marketing and a slew of other things.
I LOVED talking to these students. They were very engaged and I definitely got the feeling that our future was in good hands if this is what the next group of leaders looks like.
Before the talk, I got a tour of the campus from Professor Gauri Misra Deshpande. I was blown away! I would have spent all day walking around their campus and I can’t believe our office has been a few blocks away for several years and I had never taken a tour. The creative energy was astounding, from the work on the walls, to the students doing photo shoots or brainstorming on interior design concepts (yes, this was all happening on a Saturday), to the unique way that each practice area was laid out. I found myself taking mental notes of things we should do at Engauge to make our space more…SCADful.
I’m going to be talking to Gauri soon about ways that Engauge can be a partner with SCAD. I can’t wait to see what great things we can do together. I left my time on Saturday very inspired and eager to get back.
Bonus: anyone ever read the comic Power Pack? I was a big fan growing up and lately I’ve been reading it to my boys. During my tour I happened to meet one of the co-creators of Power Pack, June Brigman! I couldn’t believe it and she offered to have me come back with my boys to get our comics signed by her. You can bet I’ll be taking her up on that!