“Speak up,” Stephanie Starr from Wavemaker

Feb 22, 2024

Welcome to Pass the Mic and the Live Lessons series. Life happens in the moment—and so do opportunities to pass the mic. We’re having live conversations with powerful female leaders, giving them the opportunity to share their wisdom and mentor the masses.

Meet Stephanie Starr, Client President at Wavemaker, where she leads a pod of client businesses and teams. Stephanie is a media and agency veteran, with experience leading many multi-faceted portfolio businesses across pharma, OTC, retail, CPG, automotive, QSR, and finance categories. She is a strategic advisor to her clients, immersing herself in business challenges, consumer behavior, and industry trends. She inspires her teams through action, leading them to collective success. When she’s not at work, she spends her time with her husband and two sons, skiing, golfing, traveling, and exploring.

Stephanie joined Jocelyn Hudak, Senior Director, Content and Digital Marketing for an interview at our Pass the Mic lounge at CES in Las Vegas, created in partnership with The Female Quotient. Get ready to feel empowered to speak up, and give the full interview a listen.

Pass The Mic with Stephanie Starr - Full Interview

Reflect often, speak up often, and have honest conversations with your leaders and peers.

Stephanie StarrClient President at Wavemaker

Be vocal about what you want.

Be vocal about what you want, Stephanie Starr - Pass The Mic

“You should ask for what you really want, where you want to go. You need to be vocal about that… It really is very rewarding to see when people really do take advantage of that advice and look at what their career could be. Because you could have a very long career in media and at the agency as long as you navigate what it is that you want.” – Stephanie Starr

Give your POV.

Give your POV, Stephanie Starr - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “The clients want to hear from you. You're in these roles for a reason. You understand media, but you also understand their business, and you need to give them your point of view.” – Stephanie Starr

Talk to your peers.

Talk to your peers, Stephanie Starr - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “One of the things that's underrated, but probably the most important in my opinion, is learning from your peers and talking to people. When you start in the industry, yes, you have a manager, but that's not the only person you can talk to. That's not the only person you can ask questions. I've learned so much from peers.” – Stephanie Starr

Learn continuously.

Learn continuously, Stephanie Starr - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “I don't want anybody to ever think that they're just doing a job. The whole idea is that you're learning something; you're progressing in your career, in your knowledge and growth.” – Stephanie Starr

Stephanie inspires us to navigate our career and get what we want out of it by both speaking up and getting outside perspective. Ready for more perspectives? Check out more Pass the Mic content.

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