Erica Williams Simon is an award-winning strategist, author, creative and entrepreneur. As the founder and former Head of Snapchat’s Creator’s Lab, Erica creates conversations that help a diverse, digital native generation tell new stories about “who we are and how we want to live”. Her work incorporates elements of her multi-industry career to surface countercultural wisdom for work, life and social impact.
Through her company Sage House, a strategic content, experience and consulting firm Erica works with clients like Spotify, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and countless creative partners to bring big ideas to life. She is also host of the popular podcast The Call with Erica.
Previously, Simon worked as Senior Editor and Creative Director of Upworthy.com and as a columnist for TIME.com. Before moving to a career in media, she spent nearly a decade in Washington D.C. power circle’s at the nation’s premier progressive think tank, Center for American Progress, and the country’s oldest civil and human rights coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, developing innovative Millennial engagement programs on key social issues. For her social impact work, Simon was named one of Politico’s Top 50 Politicos to Watch, an NAACP’s 40 under 40, a world Economic Forum Global Shaper, and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow.
Does our identity being rooted in what we do prevents us from moving and showing up in spaces that we are needed in?
We see people on social media and compare not know the process…give us perspective you were the founding Creative Director of Upworthy.com – what does it look like to build // what skills do we need to build especially a media presence?
Narrative intelligence what is it and why is it important to storytellers in media?
How can someone gain opportunities to show up in their new space if they are “starting late”. Example you left and went into Snapchat…
What is counter cultural wisdom and how does that or does it shape the type of projects you take on at Sage House?
How can we build meaningful conversations today with so much noise online?
Also listen in to the Podcast HERE
Connect with us:
Shivawn Mitchell (host) www.shivawnmitchell.com
Erica Williams Simon (guest) https://www.ericawilliams.com/