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Top-of-Mind Tuesday: Account Supervisor Deanna Tomaselli Dishes on 6 Inspiring Women

For our Top-of-Mind Tuesday post this week, we hear from Deanna Tomaselli, a Havas PR account supervisor in our Pittsburgh office.

If you’re like me, scrolling through social media on International Women’s Day left me feeling empowered. So many women (and men!) were taking time out to recognize one another. From women who recently transitioned, to professional women, moms, athletes and everyone in between, #InternationalWomensDay was a hashtag worth following. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are the top women who are inspiring me right now.

Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, co-founders of SoulCycle

Every time I’m in New York, I make it a point to take a SoulCycle class. Sorry—Soul, as devotees call it. The infectious energy from the bike sets the tone for the entire rest of my day. That’s why when a friend texted me a couple of weeks ago that they were on the How I Built This podcast, I jumped at the chance to listen. Elizabeth and Julie took a chance and built a fitness empire, with little experience or money.

Alli Webb, co-founder of Drybar

Alli is someone I’ve looked up to for quite some time. She co-founded another one of my favorite establishments, Drybar, but didn’t stop there. She launched a podcast, co-founded a new company (Squeeze, the Drybar of massage), was a guest shark on Shark Tank, and continues to dominate the top business lists, all while keeping it real on Instagram. You should also give her (old but still good) How I Built This interview a listen.

Ina Garten

The Barefoot Contessa herself stopped by Pittsburgh on her latest book tour last month and her life is one to envy with book and TV deals, amazing food, and lots of travel. Not to mention, her swoon-worthy Hamptons home. But Ina keeps it simple: Cook for those you love (the perfect dinner party guest number is six), put your work in, but also take your downtime seriously. Oh and never buy imitation vanilla extract.

Taylor Swift

Queen T turns 30 this year, and even though I’ve passed that landmark, I’m feeling inspired by her recent Elle article on 30 things she learned before turning 30. My favorite one was “Trying and failing and trying again and failing again is normal.” She says that it’s good to mess up and learn from it and take risks. This is true personally and career-wise and it’s still OK to make mistakes, even beyond the big 3-0.

Alaina Shearer, Founder of TogetherDigital

A few of us in the Pittsburgh office recently joined TogetherDigital (formerly Women in Digital). I left my first meetup feeling energized, after meeting such a real group of ladies. Alaina created this organization to accelerate the advancement and growth of women in digital fields by giving women the most powerful tool in their arsenal: one another. I’m excited to learn from a powerful group of ladies this year.

To hear more from Deanna, visit her blog PRetty in Pittsburgh or follow her on Twitter.

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Top-of-Mind Tuesday with Associate Vice President Brandon Thomas

Welcome to Havas PR’s ‘Top-of-Mind Tuesday’ blog series. Some weeks you’ll find a crowdsourced list of assorted stuff our staff is pondering and learning and falling in love with, and other times our top-of-mind list will fit into a single theme or come from one particular Havas PR staffer. This week, Brandon Thomas, a Havas PR associate vice president in our New York office, told us what he’s been into lately.

What I’m watching… Each December, like clockwork, I become committed to seeing as many movies as I can that will likely vie for the biggest honor in film, the Academy Award. For three months, I internally go back and forth between “Do I really need to see this in theaters, or should I wait until I’m able to rent it?” And, most recently, “Oh, that’s a Netflix movie?” I essentially become the most amateur film critic you’ll find. This year I was able to check off six of eight Best Picture nominees, along with several of the films featuring performances in the acting categories. I was going to share my Top 5 favorites, but I honestly have six and refuse to let one go, so here are my Top 6 films of 2018 (in alphabetical order):

  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • “The Wife”

Also, I’m sure you’re wondering how I fared in my Oscars predictions, so here were my selections, along with who actually won, in what I like to call “The Big Six” categories:

  • Best Picture: “ROMA” (Incorrect: Winner was “Green Book”)
  • Best Actress: Glenn Close in “The Wife” (Incorrect: Winner was Olivia Colman in “The Favourite.” In my defense, I did think Olivia Colman had the best performance, but I ultimately thought Academy voters would lean in to Glenn Close given how many times she’s been nominated in the past.)
  • Best Actor: Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Correct)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Correct)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” (Correct)
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for “ROMA” (Correct)

Where I’ve been… I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the country as part of my work on behalf of clients. Whether it’s executing an event or attending a strategic planning meeting, business travel is a great chance for quality face time with the client and also, many times, a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the Empire State of Mind. A recent trip to São Paulo, Brazil, proved to be one of the most exciting so far. A colleague and I had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in our client’s culture as we helped brainstorm and strategize an upcoming PR plan for 2019. From collaborative discussions to authentic cuisine and learning the (very) basics of a new language, the trip was an opportunity to see a different part of the world, its people and how our client is creating impact in one of the largest countries.

What I’m pondering… I recently finished a three-part professional development course provided by Havas Health & You that focused on management. Each of the three “boot camps,” over a four-month period, built on the previous one to take us from simple yet important skills like “How to Be a Good Listener” to tackling more complex tasks like “Leading Internal Change.”

The course was a reminder that it’s never too late to learn something new, and it’s always nice to know when you’re doing something right. It also reminded me that there’s power in identifying new ways to enhance your skill set. While not everything might be brand-new information, finding pieces that I can apply to my daily routine signals to me the value in remaining open and coachable. Now, for me, it’s about revisiting this new management toolkit regularly and looking for opportunities to pass along tips and best practices to colleagues that might be helpful.

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Top-of-Mind Tuesday with Havas PR VP SuJin Oh

Welcome to Havas PR’s ‘Top-of-Mind Tuesday’ blog series. Some weeks you’ll find a crowdsourced list of assorted stuff our staff is pondering and learning and falling in love with, and other times our top-of-mind list will fit into a single theme or come from one particular Havas PR staffer.

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Get to Know Havas PR CEO James Wright

Havas PR’s CEO James Wright was studying to become a lawyer before he got bit by the PR bug. The recently named head of Havas PR North America and global chairman of Havas PR Collective shares why he made the switch, what meal you can expect to eat at his place and whom he won’t let into his office.

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