“It’s certainly [true] that all conferences should be learning experiences,” she tells us, “and I think that what is most helpful is when conferences are practical learning experiences, [delivering] not only interesting pieces of information, but information that actually allows you to take it back to whatever your job is and…apply it to your own business.”
As Gallop continues refining her speech for the upcoming event, she’s certainly not short on career experiences to cull material from. She has, in the past, been a member of the national board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and now chairs the AAAA New York Council, while sharing a spot on the AAAA Small to Mid-sized Agencies Management Committee. She also currently sits on the boards of both Advertising Week and Advertising Women of New York—the latter of whom voted her Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003. And though Gallop’s by now left her longstanding post at BBH, she couldn’t be happier during this reflective stage of her life.
“I’m having the best time at the moment,” she says. “I resigned without a job to go to because I thought it was time to move on. This whole process was triggered by the fact that I turned 45 back on the 1st of February this year. I always thought that would be the point where I’d want to kind of pause and take stock, reflect and review, and see where I am and where I want to go. I really wanted to do something different, though I didn’t really know what I wanted to do next. So I thought the best way to examine what the fullest situational opportunities available to me [was] to put myself on the market and say ‘Ok guys, here I am, what’ve you got?'”
From Gallop’s perspective, her latest plan of action is paying off. “I’ve been very lucky because I’ve been very inundated with approaches and offers,” she says. “I’m at this age where I’m still working through a fabulous number of opportunities. But one thing I do know is that I want to do something really interesting and really inventive and groundbreaking. And that’s what I’m focusing on.”
And with a track record like hers, we don’t doubt for a second that she’ll succeed.