Behind The Scenes with Creative Leaders: How They Got There
Creative Leaders Research Slides
Learn how to build a successful creative career from Adam and his rockstar panel.

We polled hundreds of creative leaders about their own career journeys — and we’re ready to reveal the exclusive results that will help you succeed in your creative career. In this real, raw, and honest webinar, we explore the research, along with a panel of top creatives from world-renowned brands — Google, Microsoft, and CreativeLive.

We’ll explore answers to questions like:

  • How much does education factor into creatives’ success? 
  • What skills are needed to succeed as a creative director? 
  • How long does it take to land a creative director position?
  • Do you need to have a design or editorial background to be a creative leader?
  • Is there an age ceiling to a creative career? 
  • How do top performing creatives prevent burnout?
  • How do you stay at the top of your game — and lead others to do the same?
mentioned in this show:
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Adam Morgan
Executive Creative Director Adobe
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The Stoke Group
Digital Marketing and Full-Service Content Agency
Panelist:
Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years. His work ranges from shooting campaigns for Apple, Nike, and Red Bull, to working with Serena Williams and Tony Hawk, to collaborating with icons like Lady Gaga and Richard Branson. Chase is the founder of CreativeLive, where millions of students learn from the world’s top creators. He also created Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks. He lives with his wife, Kate, in Seattle.

Panelist:
Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years. His work ranges from shooting campaigns for Apple, Nike, and Red Bull, to working with Serena Williams and Tony Hawk, to collaborating with icons like Lady Gaga and Richard Branson. Chase is the founder of CreativeLive, where millions of students learn from the world’s top creators. He also created Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks. He lives with his wife, Kate, in Seattle.

Proud Career Moments:
Founder of CreativeLive (where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music, and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs).
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Author of the best-selling book, Creative Calling.
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Creator of Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks.
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Named one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years.
Panelist:
Xanthe Wells

Recognized by AdAge as a 2019 Woman to Watch, Xanthe Wells is the senior director and global executive creative director for Google Devices and Services. She was recognized in 2015 by AdAge as one of the industry’s 40 Under 40, and by Business Insider as one of the 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising. An art director by trade, Xanthe was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco but now lives in Los Altos with her two totally awesome kids.

Proud Career Moments:
Getting a chance to lead the Google Devices & Services creative team after Nest rolled into Google in 2018. Leading a team of 100+ talented, amazing creatives inside marketing.
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Shooting the Astrophotography spot last year and getting to use Stephen Hawking’s voice for the VO.
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Having advocated for, promoted, and hired many female creatives throughout the course of her career.
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Featuring people with disabilities in much of her creative work, and pushing body diversity in casting.
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Never being afraid to put her kids first when it comes to work. “Never apologize for having a family.”
Panelist:
Xanthe Wells

Recognized by AdAge as a 2019 Woman to Watch, Xanthe Wells is the senior director and global executive creative director for Google Devices and Services. She was recognized in 2015 by AdAge as one of the industry’s 40 Under 40, and by Business Insider as one of the 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising. An art director by trade, Xanthe was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco but now lives in Los Altos with her two totally awesome kids.

Panelist:
Sue Biovin

Sue Boivin is the former executive creative director for Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Brand Studio and the Microsoft 365 Creative Studio. She has more than two decades of experience working with some of the world’s most loved brands and the brightest minds in the business. As a creative director for multinational and small boutique agencies, she mentored and created inclusive teams that were given the space and support to be their very best.

Panelist:
Sue Boivin

Sue Boivin is the former executive creative director for Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Brand Studio and the Microsoft 365 Creative Studio. She has more than two decades of experience working with some of the world’s most loved brands and the brightest minds in the business. As a creative director for multinational and small boutique agencies, she mentored and created inclusive teams that were given the space and support to be their very best.

Proud Career Moments:
Convincing a client to buy an unconventional campaign and then seeing the direct impact — increased engagement and market share by more than 300%.
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Launching Microsoft Teams and seeing her team win industry awards for their creative work — while increasing acquisitions by 35M users.
Proud Career Moments:
Having a total creative budget of $9k for a broadcast campaign, then seeing the creative executions win big that year, get picked up globally, and make the client a household name.
Proud Career Moments:
Mentoring creatives and seeing them move on to become exceptional creative thinkers and mentors themselves.
Host:
Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan is an executive creative director at Adobe, where he has worked for seven years, after spending the previous 19 years at several large creative agencies. An avid proponent of the value of creativity, he is the host of the podcast Real Creative Leadership, and author of the book, Sorry Spock, Emotions Drive Business — Proving the Value of Creative Ideas in Business.

Proud Career Moments:
Making the AdWeek Creative 100 list.
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Getting his book published by a New York City publisher.
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Presenting big ideas to large audiences at conferences around the world.
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Being named one of Utah’s 40 under 40 and Utah Ad Professional of the Year.
Proud Career Moments:
Serving on the national council of governors for the American Advertising Federation.
Panelist:
Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan is an executive creative director at Adobe, where he has worked for seven years, after spending the previous 19 years at several large creative agencies. An avid proponent of the value of creativity, he is the host of the podcast Real Creative Leadership, and author of the book, Sorry Spock, Emotions Drive Business — Proving the Value of Creative Ideas in Business.

Comments (2)

There is so much goodness in this episode.

Such a great episode for any stage of your creative leadership journey. So many gold nuggets.

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