Celia is charged with stewarding The Escape Pod’s growth, elevating its integrated capabilities, identifying new revenue streams, and attracting top talent to build on the agency’s unique culture of creativity and independence. Under her leadership, The Escape Pod earned recognition as Ad Age’s Midwest Small Agency of the Year and Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire, recognizing the city’s most innovative companies.
A seasoned writer and marketing professional, Celia brings nearly two decades of strategic marketing and communications experience, with a focus on brand strategy, positioning and fueling the growth trajectory of creative agencies and entrepreneurial companies.
Prior to The Escape Pod, she was Group Brand Director at Havas Worldwide Chicago, where she crafted the agency’s brand narrative as a creative force and culture catalyst in the industry, and led external marketing, PR, events, awards, and internal culture initiatives.
Before Havas, Celia was Global Marketing Director for Critical Mass, where she helped catapult the digital agency from a niche player into a world-class experience design agency. She also served as Director of Content and lead Copywriter at Designkitchen, an interactive marketing and branding agency. There she developed integrated marketing programs for brands across a range of verticals, including Manufacturing, Education, Hospitality, Health & Fitness, Real Estate, Travel and Technology for such clients as Life Fitness, Oprah’s Angel Network, Motorola and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Celia has also managed brand marketing and communications initiatives for a diverse range of organizations, including an international software company and interior design show producer, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.
She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and also holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.
Outside of work, Celia is a passionate blogger, photographer, foodie, traveler and culture connoisseur.