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ThinkLA is the premier trade association for the advertising, marketing, and media community in Los Angeles. Our mission is to connect, educate, and inspire while serving member companies and the industry at large. Learn more at
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Chaz Volk of Mr. Thrive Media

ThinkLA PodcastApr 29, 2021

Wellness Wednesday with Andrea Green and Nathan Green

Wellness Wednesday with Andrea Green and Nathan Green

🧠 Your mental health matters, especially during your job hunt in the media world. Discover why on our latest podcast episode. 📢 Don't miss it!

Sep 30, 202334:28
Wellness Wednesday with Andrea Green Ft. James Kinney

Wellness Wednesday with Andrea Green Ft. James Kinney

This month, Andrea Green is interviewing James Kinney, the Founder of the Advertising Alliance for Mental Health. It could not be more fitting for the Wellness Wednesday hosts to be aligned with the messages and goals of our guest during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Come join us for a discussion on this month's topic: Breaking the Stigma: Navigating Mental Health in the Advertising Industry. --------- Advertising Alliance for Mental Health (AMH) is a community of ambitious individuals eager to improve ourselves and our environments by investing in mental health education and care. We are professionals navigating the complicated balance between work and life. As a community, we value compassion towards ourselves and others, empathy, and resilience. James' Social: IG: jamesnicholaskinney Linkedin: AMH's Social: IG: amhworldwide Linkedin: ThinkLA is a Media, Marketing, and Advertising Collective with a mission to connect, inspire and educate the LA marketing community. We are a non-profit 501(c)(6) association founded in 2006 to promote Los Angeles as a network of creativity and innovation in media, marketing, and advertising. Celebrating our 14th year of service, we connect LA’s creative community; grow ideas, business and talent; and inspire through education along with social and philanthropic events. Our Socials: @Thinkla

May 17, 202335:40
Jonathan Stringfield, PhD of Activision Blizzard
Jul 26, 202231:19
Mark Miller of Team One
Mar 11, 202231:03
Purpose-Led Marketing: Brands, Structure, and Authenticity

Purpose-Led Marketing: Brands, Structure, and Authenticity

How does a brand find a way to promote a cause and maintain authenticity without falling into the same pitfalls as other brands? We talk with Mark Egan, Managing Director, West Coast, and Latha Sundaram, Group Business Leader, Executive Director, of corporate members Mediacom to learn more about finding meaning in marketing and creating a structure of consistency and authenticity when it comes to purpose-driven marketing. Learn more at

More about our guests:

Latha Sundaram
is a social impact driver, passionate about the role companies can –and should -play to drive positive social change. She is committed to helping brands use their scale to create meaningful collaborations. She has spent the past 25 years in global media, helping multinationals develop valuable partnerships and expand their global footprint. Latha joined MediaCom U.S. in 2020, heading up a team of 200 as the agency's global business lead on Uber. Latha is a champion in MediaCom's diversity, equity, and inclusion mission and serves as a committee lead for Women in Power, one of the agency's employee resource groups.

Mark Egan helps his teams drive service and product excellence across their various assignments collaborating with other agencies and clients to constantly break new ground. As part of the MediaCom executive team, Mark draws on our award-winning resources around the globe to power solutions locally. This past year Mark was named “Agency Executive of the Year” by ThinkLA. Previously, within GroupM, Mark served as Chief Client Officer at Maxus for the Americas. In that role, he helped their client service teams consistently achieve service scores among the highest in the industry.

Jun 03, 202127:49
New Flight Awards: Helping L.A. Students Join the World of Advertising and Film

New Flight Awards: Helping L.A. Students Join the World of Advertising and Film

In today's episode, we talk with Cliff Atkinson and Shon Davis from the New Flight Awards, which aims to help students in south-central Los Angeles join the worlds of advertising in film and create a portfolio that will help them get started and pursue careers in those fields. They will also receive a grant to further their education. Learn more at

Cliff Atkinson is an innovative Digital Marketing Executive with 20+ years experience developing and implementing digital strategies for some of the largest brands in the world. Cliff began his career at Grey NY and has progressed through the dynamic world of digital with key posts at Deutsch NY and LA, Saatchi&Saatchi LA and RPA. His account experience includes Toyota, Honda, Procter & Gamble, Coors Light, Cedar Sinai, Sony Consumer Electronics, and Starwood Hotels to name a few. He’s currently the Co-founder at Mesh Communities developing solutions designed to support content creators, communities and brands.

Shon Davis is an innovative Account Executive refusing to watch the industry be renovated from the sidelines. As Co-Founder of the New Flight Awards, Shon has transformed investments from ThinkLA's MAT Program and ADCOLOR's Futures into a platform that will inspire today's youth to reshape the fields of Advertising + Entertainment.

May 18, 202132:52
Asians in Advertising Founders Bernice Chao and Jessalin Lam

Asians in Advertising Founders Bernice Chao and Jessalin Lam

In this episode, we hear from Bernice Chao and Jessalin Lam, industry professionals and the founders of Asians in Advertising. They offer their perspectives on how people of Asian descent are seen and treated in the workplace, advice for making your voice heard, and how allies in the community can help build understanding.

Their mission statement:
"Asians in Advertising strives to develop a free community, create opportunities, and help elevate Asians to higher leadership positions. To make space for Asians within the advertising industry to come together in a community where we are often excluded. Connecting with each other in order to advance their goals, careers, artistic/personal growth. Help answer questions, offer advice, and have discussions about the issues that the Asian community faces as a whole or in creative careers."


May 12, 202124:24
Seow Leng Porter, Managing Partner at MediaCom
May 05, 202122:34
Chaz Volk of Mr. Thrive Media

Chaz Volk of Mr. Thrive Media

Sure, it feels like everyone started a podcast last year. But if you did -- or even if you're considering creating one -- is it the right solution for your company, brand, or agency? We asked podcasting expert Chaz Volk about the best way to get started, create content, and produce and distribute your podcast so that it can be an effective marketing tool.

Chaz is a Los Angeles native who is incredibly passionate about supporting the arts and entertainment industry. His background in audio helped him start his company, Mr. Thrive Media, a multimedia company that specializes in podcast marketing and networking events.

Today, Chaz works as the Producer and Founder. The company's goal is “To generate engaging media while connecting artists across the nation.” Chaz currently produces The Mr. Thrive Podcast and oversees the production of SmallBizCast, The Social Spice Podcast, It's About Language, and more. Find them at

Promotional content from Gimbal, a corporate member of ThinkLA.

Apr 29, 202135:45
Interview with Bill Durrant, Author of "Digital Stone Age"

Interview with Bill Durrant, Author of "Digital Stone Age"

In this episode, we talk with Bill Durrant, Founder and President of Exverus Media, an award-winning media agency based in Los Angeles. He has over fifteen years of experience helping some of the world’s largest and most compelling brands through a combination of incisive media strategy and creativity in media. Bill’s mission is to help marketers and brands develop the most effective advertising. A Harvard Business School alum, Bill has worked at 20th Century Fox Australia, OMD and ZenithOptimedia. He has won numerous industry awards including recognition from Cannes, the Creative Media Awards, the Webbys and the Clios. Recent awards include a MediaPost OMMA Award for Interactive Creative for the “How Do You Adventure?” campaign with CLIF Bar, and the YouTube Ad of the Year in 2018, with brand Bonobos and creative agency Observatory, for #EvolvetheDefinition. Exverus won Adweek’s Media Plan of the Year in 2018, was named one of Adweek’s Fastest Growing Agencies in the world in 2019 and 2020, and was named one of Ad Age’s Small Agencies of the Year for 2020. Bill is also the author of ‘Digital Stone Age: How the World's Most Successful Advertisers UseTraditional Thinking and Innovation to Drive Growth.’

Mar 31, 202135:34
Creative Staffing: Tips for Agencies and Freelancers

Creative Staffing: Tips for Agencies and Freelancers

Sara Smith of Hope Creative and Jim DiPiazza of Area of Expertise discuss why curated freelance teams can help agencies ramp up for projects and find the right teams for the right projects. They also talk about best practices for creatives who might need to polish their self-marketing efforts and keep their skills sharp to find and keep working coming.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Jan 27, 202144:19
The Next Evolution Of Entertainment presented by WarnerMedia

The Next Evolution Of Entertainment presented by WarnerMedia

Brands today are leveraging technology, creativity, and connectivity to change the way media is created and distributed. The emergence of technologies like VR/AR, 5G and advanced algorithms have cascaded to all industry categories, including media and entertainment. In this thought-provoking discussion, hear from experts in the entertainment, media, platform and advertising technology space about how they reach cross-screen consumers through the convergence of content, creativity, and new technology innovation.

Dec 04, 202059:03
Insights into The Big Shift with Dr. Jake Beniflah -- Presented by H Code
Dec 04, 202057:05
Commerce Amid COVID, Sponsored by Verizon Media
Nov 06, 202048:38
Automotive Discussion: Part 2 Presented by

Automotive Discussion: Part 2 Presented by

Our second Automotive Discussion focuses on how the dealer and automotive consumer purchase model has evolved in rapid fashion in just a matter of months. During this webinar, you'll hear from key stakeholders across the OEM, Dealer, and Automotive Online Marketplace space on how they've adapted, evolved, and successfully navigated this new automotive retail world.

Presented by





Sep 18, 202057:10
 0:20 / 56:16  Industry Accelerator: Diversifying the Talent Search (Part 2: for Hiring Managers)

0:20 / 56:16 Industry Accelerator: Diversifying the Talent Search (Part 2: for Hiring Managers)

This is part two of our series, Industry Accelerator: Diversifying the Talent Search. While part one focused on job seekers, this episode offer information and perspective for hiring managers.
Our brilliant speakers for this session include: • Dani Allen, Senior Director, Talent and HR Operations, Walton Isaacson • Shari Holly, Director of Operations, Pipelines • Reonna Johnson, VP, Director, Marketing and Business, RPA • Moderator: Lincoln Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder, Marcus Graham Project

Sep 18, 202058:03
Industry Accelerator: Diversifying the Talent Search for Job Seekers

Industry Accelerator: Diversifying the Talent Search for Job Seekers

There is a new awakening in our industry for some, and this movement is ours to carry: how do we recognize, recruit, support, and promote people of color and other underrepresented people so that our agencies and companies better reflect American society?

We'll talk with leaders from Pipelines, Three's A Crowd, The Marcus Graham Project, and hiring managers from L.A. agencies about how to assess where your agency stands, practical steps to take, and how you can take your allyship to a new level and do the right thing for your agency, your clients, their brands, and our community.  In this session of the two-part series, we discuss how diverse talent, those new to the industry, and veterans can accelerate their careers.

The panel discusses topics on how to position skills and talents in this landscape, finding support in allies and mentors, and how to introduce more diversity into a company's culture.   

Speakers:  • Shari Holly, Director of Operations, Pipelines • Reonna Johnson, VP, Director, Marketing and Business, RPA • Karen Erasmus, Learning and Organizational Development, NA, Talent Development, DEI • Monica Fleetwood, DEI Manager, TBWA Media Arts Lab

Sep 18, 202001:04:48
Automotive Discussions: Part 1 presented by Pandora

Automotive Discussions: Part 1 presented by Pandora

As the business of automotive continues to restart across the country,  ThinkLA has created a set of webinars that will tee up to this year’s  Automotive Summit on Oct. 21. 2020. These hour-long sessions will  discuss how marketing, media, and data will help automakers drive their  business forward through unprecedented times in the automotive industry.   

Our first Automotive Discussions session took place on Aug. 11  as moderators Randall McAdory (Pandora VP, Head of Industry,  Automotive) and Joe Kyriakoza (IHS Markit VP, General Manager Automotive  Marketing Services) sat down with industry experts to discuss how  strategies around media, data, and marketing are being used to help  automakers thrive in a rapidly changing auto industry.  

• Jim Helberg, EVP/Chief Media Officer, RPA
• Joe Kyriakoza, VP and General Manager, Polk Automotive Data, IHS Markit
• Randall W. McAdory, VP, Head of Industry, Automotive, Pandora
• Andela Zepeda, Chief Marketing Officer, Hyundai Motor America

Aug 12, 202001:04:43
Think Thursdays: Business, Boycotts, and Social Media Influence

Think Thursdays: Business, Boycotts, and Social Media Influence

Social media platforms are seeing civil rights leaders calling attention to rampant racism, users being confronted with misinformation, and advertisers left wondering where they can ethically advertise... and where they need to draw the line on hate speech and misinformation.

Multiple headlines each day tell the story: as a business model, as a venue for engagement online, as a de facto public square leading up to a consequential election — social media is facing big challenges that demand our collective attention and creativity to solve.This panel discussion focuses on stakeholders interested in fixing the problem.

Speakers: Moderator: Lauren Johnson, Senior Advertising Reporter, Business Insider.
• Jessica Moreno, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Mesh
• Kevin Samy, Former President Obama Advisor
• Chris Paul, Executive Director, Verizon

Aug 06, 202059:41
Best of the West Recap

Best of the West Recap

ThinkLA joined sister marketing organizations across the West from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Seattle to hear top brands and agencies share how they are working with partners to create smart, sensitive marketing in extraordinary times. The conversation was honest, practical, and inspiring. If you missed it, you can hear the replay.

Jul 14, 202001:38:59
Families, Children, and Quarantine: Interview with Dr. Lori Baudino, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Families, Children, and Quarantine: Interview with Dr. Lori Baudino, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

No matter how much you love your family, quarantine has put a strain on everyone. So, how do you care for your children, your partner, your self and still make it through? ThinkLA Operations Manager Andrea Green speaks with Dr. Lori Baudino for tips and suggestions on how to continue navigating this epic closeness without pulling out your hair (too much).

Dr. Baudino has been a practicing clinician for over a decade and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Creative Arts Therapy – Dance/Movement Therapy, the therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. More info can be found at

As the National Clinical Spokesperson for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, and with their sole funding, Dr. Baudino brought and implemented the first Dance/Movement Therapy Programs to the top Pediatric hospitals in Los Angeles, where she provide bedside therapy to children medically fragile children with cancer and special needs. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation centers for trauma, addiction, and pain management. Dr. Baudino also coordinates Behavior Intervention Programs within the home/school setting and she specializes in supervising, facilitating, and providing treatment for children with special needs and their families. In her private practice, she works with children and their families to support the developing child and the integral relationships between parent, child, and siblings. Understanding the premise that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected and that life is experienced through movement – her approach allows the child to express their feelings, experiences, and ideas, with their whole body as each child is supported in the capability to put their words into action. 

Jul 13, 202027:37
Think Thursdays: Media Leaders Roundtable
May 18, 202001:04:15
Episode 3: Better Than Before
May 12, 202001:24:10
Maintaining A Culture of Inclusion
May 12, 202001:09:50
Agency Leaders Roundtable
May 11, 202001:07:39