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Creative Manager Boot Camp

This Cella professional development training is ideal for in-house creative managers and team leads who are transitioning to a more operational and leadership-centric role -- or for someone identified as a performer with especially high potential being groomed for a leadership position. The day-and-a-half event will include a mix of classroom-led sessions and roundtable discussions. 

Led by industry veterans Andy Epstein and Pam Orlando Zanni, four different sessions along with roundtable discussions will address foundational skills that team managers should have in order to be effective leaders of creative services teams and in-house agencies. Session topics will cover:

  • Providing Feedback and Coaching
  • Leading People: Promoting Engagement, Morale, Culture and Team Building
  • CreativeOps Fundamentals: Time Capture and Data Analysis
  • CreativeOps Fundamentals: SOPs and Workflows
  • Tips for Creative Manager Effectiveness

Why attend?

At Creative Manager Boot Camp, attendees will explore the essentials of creative operations and management, all taught from the perspective of real-life challenges. You’ll also learn actionable strategies and best practices that you can take home and immediately implement with your team. 

Who should attend?

Creative managers and team leads with less than five years of experience, more tenured managers who want to take advantage of a formal management training opportunity or whose businesses are growing, along with select junior team members who are being groomed for a management position in the future.

ANDY EPSTEIN

Andy has worked in the in-house creative services space for over 35 years, successfully building and leading both small and large multidisciplinary teams in a range of industries. By leveraging both creative and operational expertise, teams under Andy’s leadership have consistently exceeded established KPIs and outperformed peer groups in the industry. He even cofounded InSource, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting in-house creative teams. It should come as no surprise, then, that Andy has published The Corporate Creative, one of the few books specifically focused on the in-house professional.

In his spare time, Andy is a self-professed sci-fi geek with a fascinating hobby of building clocks out of found objects. Also a daring foodie, he loves to try out dishes from different countries and cultures.

PAM ORLANDO ZANNI

Cella team member Pam Orlando Zanni has worked in the in-house creative space for more than 25 years. She spent the bulk of her career leading design/process management for four of the world’s most iconic retail brands (Walgreens, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, The Home Depot, CVS/pharmacy). Creating, refining and building organizational structures and systems to meet business needs and produce award winning creative output is a mainstay of Pam’s playbook. She is a mentor to and built a network of creative professionals across the country and has been a speaker touting the virtues of in-house teams at the ANA.

DAY 1

8:00 AM: Welcome

8:30 AM: Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:45 AM: It's All About the People: Building Culture and Engaging the Team

  • Adapting culture to the needs of the business
  • Critical culture pillars: collaboration, customer service, objectivity, etc.
  • The importance of recruiting and onboarding
  • Morale and inspiration: acknowledgment, autonomy, mastery and purpose

10:35 AM: Break

10:45 AM: CreativeOps Fundamentals: Time Capture and Data Analysis

  • Time tracking
  • Interpreting data and using it to inform decisions
  • Funding models overview

12:15 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Break-Out Sessions
We'll break into two smaller groups to discuss attendee-specific challenges such as client management, employee engagement, retention and managing up.

2:00 PM: Break

2:10 PM: It's All About the People: Effective Leadership and Feedback

  • Your responsibility as a manager
  • Traits of effective creative managers and leaders
  • Understanding your people
  • The importance and avenues of feedback

4:00 PM: Key Takeaways

5:00 PM: End of Day

DAY 2

8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM: CreativeOps Fundamentals: SOPs and Workflows

  • Definitions
  • Process to determine adaptive best practices
  • Implementation and integration

9:50 AM: Break

10:00 AM: Break-Out Sessions
We'll break into two smaller groups to discuss attendee-specific challenges such as client management, employee engagement, retention and managing up.

11:00 AM: Break

11:10 AM: Wrap Up

12:00 PM: End of Day

Event postponed – new date to be announced.