One time, many many years ago, I had a moment like you might see in a Hallmark Channel movie.
Such moments don't often happen to angry old Jews with no discernible faith in anything save a really good pastrami sandwich from Katz's.
The story started about a year before the "moment."
I was freelancing for an agency, and because I was in production I didn't have enough work for my taste. I went to the woman who managed the creative department and said, "Jennifer, I'm raising my hand. Anything that needs doing, I have time."
Jennifer cried. She said, "George, no one's ever said that to me."
Now move forward a year. I am out of work and the phone isn't ringing. In fact, I had about 19 interviews at a place, and then they went dark. I didn't know how to reignite that particular prospect and I was more than a little distraught.
I was walking through Central Park, as I rounded the corner, I ran into the aforementioned Jennifer. I explained my predicament, and within minutes, Jennifer got the ball rolling and within an hour or two (this is the Hallmark Channel, remember) I had a job.
That overture is my long-way of saying that there are people on our planet--even people in our industry--who come with a bit of the miraculous attached.
They're especially kind-hearted. They're especially thoughtful. They help people--underdogs, even. Believe it or not, they engage in that rarest of all behaviors: They Return Phone Calls.That's Emily in the center, with the modified Angela Davis/Toni Morrison 'fro.
One of those "A.P.s" (aura-possessors) is Emily Elyshevitz.
I first met Emily in the 1990s. Yes. The 1990s. When we were 'tweens.
We've been friends ever since.
Emily's helped me. Protected me. Leaned on me. Advised me. Through the years we've shed some tears. Won some battles. Lost more. And laughed a lot.
What's most notable about Emily is that she's probably helped more people of color get jobs in advertising than any ten other people. She's probably helped more people of color find their way than any ten other people. Along the way, she's also helped people like me raise our consciousness and raise our hands to help--both young people and our industry.
Emily and I spoke just minutes ago. Of course, she called me to ask me to help one of her young charges.
That's who Emily is.
She never stops shining her light. Her Aura has very long-lasting batteries and its glow illuminates legions.
BTW, Emily is not only looking to continue to help young people
--she's looking for a new agency where she can be herself to her lovely fullness. She has, arguably, one of the most important jobs in the business--and she does it maybe better than anyone--but unfortunately, Emily doesn't generate revenue. In 2023, you know what that means.
You owe it to yourself to meet Emily.
She has enough Aura to share with all of us.
BTW, some highlights from Emily's many Linked In recommendations: