Lisa McCann

Account Manager, The Engine is Red
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I am an Account Manager at the creative agency, The Engine is Red. I love my job because of my coworkers. The designers, developers, and creative directors that I have the pleasure of working with create really excellent work. Even when working with clients can be challenging, it’s my team that brings back the excitement in what I do. They never cease to surprise or amaze me with the concepts they create or the inspiration they provide.
 
Name some specific things you like about your company. What keeps you there?
Almost all of the folks in charge have young children and the men are dedicated dads. I feel like a decent chunk of issues we face as women in the workplace is that there is still somehow a conversation about how our children make us a worse employee, which is ridiculous. But things do arise when you have young children and having management have your back when your daycare provider needs to take a week off for back surgery? Can’t be beat.
 
Your current company aside, name two other companies that you admire and explain why.
I’ve always admired Trader Joes, and I really hope a scandal about them doesn’t suddenly appear! They value their employees and their contributions and celebrate them with good compensation and benefits. Costco shares a similar employee model and the insane lines at both of these retailers and the employees with long tenure speak to something working really well there.
 
Another company that I admire is actually a client of mine. Our agency has worked with Medtronic often over the last several years and I always love hearing about their innovation. Their CEO has a mission to help save lives and it’s been a driving focus for the company for years. I will say, if you haven’t heard the excitement, slight trepidation, and even slight annoyance from a researcher having to dumb language down a bit to explain the latest innovation in a product they’ve spent years focusing on, you’re really missing out.
 
Where do you expect to be in 5 years?
I want to keep pushing my career forward. I’m considering my MBA. There are many, many options for the next 5 years. I think overall I just want to be at a place where I feel like the decisions I made leading up to that point were good ones.
 
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Do the most good that you can with the time that you have. Once we leave this planet, which we all will, the only thing left will be the impression we’ve left upon the world. Most of us have families, jobs, obligations, so we can’t all be crusaders like we’d like to be. But I say, pick a volunteer position, a mentorship, a charity or a cause that you feel passionate about and give it as much time as you can. Even if it’s 3 hours a week, that’s 156 hours of your help by the end of the year!
 
Who are your role models or influences? Explain what makes them special.
My mom is my role model. She is retiring next month after working for the City of Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. I got to see a woman dedicated to her family and her career. She was promoted quickly and often and thrived at work and at home. I didn’t know how impossible that all was until I tried to do it myself. She’s a miracle worker and one of my best friends. She taught me my dedication to my career and the value of being hardworking, learned and respected. She also taught me how to give it your all, love your family fiercely and just keep moving when life throws you curveballs because there really is no other option. This retirement is very well deserved.
 
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
I’m not naïve enough to think that I’ll make that grand of an impression. I hope that I inspire my child (and any future children) to find what matters to them and make that the priority of their lives. I hope that some of my volunteer work will help the lives of the people living on the brink of homelessness.
 
What is your best or worst moment of this week?
This week in particular in I’m potty training a sick toddler. I basically signed myself up for a nightmare right around the holiday, but our office gives us the week off in between Christmas and New Year’s and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend this one-on-one time with my favorite girl. My last week at work, my best moment was Inbox Zero – and getting a favorable review from a client.