CAREERS: My Big Break

My Big Break felt more like a nightmare. After seven years on the

client side, I made the leap to agency PR and was SAE in the PR division

of a Boston firm. Five months later my boss resigned amid major account

turmoil. Management made her leave immediately, so there was no chance

to transition.

Suddenly, as her direct report, I was responsible for five accounts, six

team members and the salvation of one of the group's largest


Morale was low. Despite the fact that I had almost no management

experience, I jumped in and became leader, cheerleader, workhorse,

mentor - whatever it took to turn around the account in jeopardy,

motivate the team and keep other accounts successful. My visibility grew

significantly, I had access to top management, and, most importantly, I

held together a team of really talented people - some of whom joined me

when I started my own agency a year-and-a-half later.

I quickly moved up the ladder to VP, and, more importantly, I came to

recognize my own abilities. And I received an agency-wide award that my

team nominated me for. I still have the nomination and I cherish each


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