Ahead of the Curve: How Jill Nykoliation is Redefining the World of Advertising
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After a successful early corporate career with Kraft Foods, Jill Nykoliation decided to step out on her own into the unknown world of advertising — first as one of the partners of the agency Grip Limited, and then two years later as a founding partner of Juniper Park, now part of the global TBWA network, headquartered in New York City.
In 2007, she launched the start-up with six employees. Today, Jill has grown the organization into an award-winning global agency with multiple divisions and an extended workforce of 130+, comprised of 54% women and 32% BIPOC, stats all too rarely seen in the industry.
But Jill has always been ahead of the curve.
With a passion for carving out new spaces, she’s skillfully built a team of some of the sharpest creative minds who attract top-tier clients seeking cutting-edge work that also has purpose. In 2020, the agency partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation on the groundbreaking Signal for Help campaign, a hand gesture that enabled abused and abducted women to ask for help. This life-saving initiative spread across 45+ countries, was translated into more than 20 languages and garnered over 4.9 billion impressions worldwide. Most importantly, it worked. Last year, an abducted girl in Kentucky and two abused women in Spain were rescued after alerting others with the signal. More recently, a woman in Tennessee used it to escape her kidnapper in April 2022.
Moving into 2022, Jill has positioned the agency to have an even greater impact, including the continued growth of Trampoline, their branding incubator program for BIPOC-owned small-to-medium sized enterprises, combined with an accelerator mentorship program for aspiring BIPOC creatives.
Join us on June 08th for the next edition of the Women of Influence Spotlight Series, in partnership with Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, as CTV’s Marcia MacMillan sits down with Jill to explore how she’s leading the ad industry into the future, including:
- Strategies for scaling an international organization with a key focus on diversity
- The incredible power of leading with empathy and kindness through transformative times
- Fuelling innovation and growth through a core best practice of “refounding culture”
- How to incubate next gen talent in an evolving workforce
- The secrets to developing groundbreaking work that has purpose and impact
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